This is a review of Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation by Saree Makdisi. W. W. Norton. 2008.
What will it be like when you take profoundly experienced Joe Biden and pit Sarah Palin up against him in a debate? How will the foreign policy section of that debate go?
After reading several rather violently negative reactions to his past stupid comments on race—“articulate and clean”?—I was surprised to find myself realizing that that may be exactly why Biden was chosen.
Clearly all that is needed to bond with Latinos is to eat the “national dish” and be white. That there is a history of white racism against Latinos is certainly not necessary to discuss.
The most frightening moments of the movie are the most human.
The “us against them” attitude that exists towards teachers, policemen, and other authority figures allows for students of all different kinds to become bound in comradeship against the ever present evil of education.
‘There is war in Samachablo (Georgian name for the region known as South Ossetia)’ they tell me. I wave off the hint of alarm in my thoughts with ‘oh, can’t be more than some borderline skirmish…’
Political elites benefit from grand-standing, regular people just lose their limbs in the process.
I have a friend who says the “N”:
A Whiteboy who’s crazy as sin.
It feels instinctive to say that the death of Alexander Solzhenitsyn marks an end of an era. Which era, though?