Four things to look at this week.
2) From Dissent, “Something About Christopher”
3) From The Nation, “The Problem With Peretz“ (Let the personal abuse commence…)
4) I guest-edited the Forward’s op-ed page this week and solicited this fine (but badly titled) piece by Cabalist Matt Duss, “Some Zionist Groups Stoke Fear of Islam for Political Profit,” and Shai Held’s “Daring to Dream With God.”
OK, a fifth thing, which I mentioned last week:
This Friday in New York City, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and Working America executive director Karen Nussbaum will take part in a panel discussion on “Which Way for the Working Class? Elections 2010 and Beyond.”
They will be joined by: New York Times columnist Bob Herbert; Eric Alterman, journalist and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress; and moderator Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation.
Sponsored by Working America and the AFL-CIO, the discussion will center on the issues and viewpoints of working men and women at the tipping point and what can be done to shift the balance in the November elections and beyond. The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Great Hall at Cooper Union. It is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to RSVP@workingamerica.org.
The Dead’s fall 1989 tour began with a couple of surprise shows at Hampton Coliseum in Virginia. They caused a lot of controversy among Deadheads as well as among the people in the community who were not that crazy about Deadheads. Now Rhino’s come forward with this really fun-looking six-CD, two-show box set. It comes packaged in a wooden replica of a cigar box (Virginia being a tobacco state dating back to colonial times), and is filled with all sorts of museum gift shop style tchotchkes, from a photo-laden historical essay to various pieces of cool memorabilia. It’s also really well recorded. I don’t know anyone who thinks the Brent Mydland years were the band’s best, but these are among the best recorded concerts of the band you’ll hear, and in addition to a terrific "Help/Slip/Frank," you get a “Hey Jude,” a “Stuck Inside of Mobile” and a really fine “Music Never Stopped” (though that is my taste–you might have different taste, assuming you’re up for the hefty investment). It won’t be out for a few weeks, but you can preorder it at the Dead’s site (oh, wait, there’s a Barton Hall 1980 show for sale there too. I was at that one. Don’t ask me anything about it, though.)