Four things to look at this week.
2) From Dissent, “Something about Christopher”
3) From The Nation, “The Problem With Peretz“ (And how happy must this make Marty? “A record number of Muslim workers [were] complaining of employment discrimination, from co-workers calling them “terrorist” or “Osama” to employers barring them from wearing head scarves or taking prayer breaks.”)
4) I guest edited the Forward’s op 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, “Daring To Dream With God,”
Now here’s Charles:
"Got my work clothes on for love and sweat and dirt/all this holy dust upon my face and shirt."
Weekly WWOZ Pick To Click: "Growlin’ Dog" (Harlem Hamfats)—Once again I forgot to dip into my campaign funds, pay for a bunch of bowling, and then use what was left to buy a billboard in Delaware telling people how much I love New Orleans.
Part The Only—My usual NPR gig brought me to Oklahoma City this week. I spent the morning at the extraordinary memorial that has been built on the site of where the Alfred Murrah Building once stood. It is something I can recommend to every citizen of this country. Come here. Stand by the reflecting pool. Look at the stark, lovely chairs, each of them representing one of the 168 people that Timothy McVeigh murdered out of his twisted, moronic interpretation of what this country is all about. Think about what Americans can do to each other.
(And, not for nothing, but the Oklahoma City Memorial is so moving that it convinced me that the best thing that could be built at Ground Zero in New York is nothing. Screw your real estate values. That’s a gravesite. Make a park.)