Things Noted Here and There
Silk Road Watch: Jonathan Yardley,"An Ancient Road with a Future," Washington Post, 8 July, reviews Colin Thubron's Shadow of the Silk Road.
Castro Watch: Wendy Gimbel,"The Dictator in Prep School," Washington Post, 8 July, reviews Patrick Symmes' The Boys from Delores: Fidel Castro's Classmates from Revolution to Exile.
Sixties Watch: Andrew Jacobs,"With Forty Year Prism, Newark Surveys Deadly Riot," NYT, 8 July, looks at the riot with which Newark is beginning to reckon; Joel Achenbach,"The Boy on the Bus," Washington Post, 8 July, recalls being a part of the desegregation of Gainesville, Florida's public schools; and David Garrow,"Unfinished Business," LA Times, 8 July, argues that the House-passed"Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act" ought not be limited to re-opening the cases of crimes committed in the South in the 1960s.
Bush Watch: David Halberstam,"The History Boys," Vanity Fair, August, is Halberstam's last major piece of journalism. It looks in wonder and contempt at the Bush administration's ways of invoking"history" to justify bankrupt policy. Thanks to Manan Ahmed for the tip.
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Jonathan Dresner - 7/9/2007
How many people are going to have to write silk road memoirs, histories, metaphors, etc. before the genre runs its course?
It is kind of interesting seeing the growth of interest in premodern travel supplanting the idea that our ancestors were born, lived and died without ever imagining something different. Both are true, of course, to some degree, but we've not found a balance yet.
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