We’ve got a new "Think Again" column called "It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane.It’s…Cable News," and it’s here
My Nation column, about Obama and Fox News and the rest of the media is called "Just Don’t Call It Journalism," and that’s here.
Oh, and I really like the Tom Tomorrow cartoon here but I think it’s long past time to lose the full beard. (Petey says: "Funny, you feel bad, but you look good…")
This Week on Moyers:
A damning report from the UN Human Rights Council on the violence in Gaza late last year has put Israel on the defensive. Bill Moyers talks with the man at the center of the storm, Justice Richard Goldstone, who despite working with many pro-Israel groups and Israeli institutions in the past has drawn intense criticism from some of Israel’s supporters for his report, which said Israel’s Defense Forces, as well as Hamas, may have committed war crimes in Gaza earlier this year. Goldstone is a renowned war-crimes investigator who’s looked into human rights abuses in his native South Africa, as well as the former Yugoslavia, Argentina, and Rwanda.
1) If you go to the Met Museum now, you can see six Vermeers atonce, (and then walk down to the Frick and see three more, which makes nine, which is like, a quarter of all of them in the entire world….How are things in your city?) Seriously, the one they borrowed from Amsterdam to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Hudson’s voyage has not been in this country since 1939 and it is a wonder. I will not even try to do it justice. While you’re there, also terrific, but on a more earthly level is the great exhibition Robert Frank’s "The Americans,"which, if viewed in historical context, is an amazing feat. Trust me, don’t let these opportunities pass. Take a trip to the city, it’s beautiful right now.
2) I really loved that Nick Hornby film, An Education. I also loved 35 Shots of Rum but that is going to be hard for you see.
3) James Ellroy’s Blood’s a Rover is also amazing. I am listening to it on audio and the reader is really terrific and the book has a power to it that is unique in my experience. It’s the third part of a trilogy and I did not read the first two and someday I suppose, I will, but in the meantime, it is a brilliant meditation on recent American history, told from a left-wing paranoid–even for the Nation–point of view.
4) On the other hand, I hated, hated, hated Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, which could be described similarly. I don’t really like Pynchon, but I like a good detective mystery. But God, this book is just gross. And silly. I stopped after about 100 pages.