Inside EL's Mind Circa June 1, 2006
1. Having yesterday spent some time re-reading Said, and having recently been interested in the "interactions of 'cultures'" with this whole "cultural appropriation" debate, I was interested to come upon this: Christopher de Bellaigue reviews For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and Their Enemies by Robert Irwin here for The Times Online. At Nth Position, Mike Jay reviews Irwin, too.
2. Two of my great loves, Sylvia Plath and Kurt Cobain, discussed in this Tim Appelo article. Now, the article is kind of based on a dumb premise:
Cobain didn’t read with an open mind. He sought what resonated with his fiercely puritanical disenchantment ...
But I enjoyed Alica Ostriker's comments and the overall mixing of artistic worlds.
3. Another recent consideration of mine, as evidenced by yesterday's mention of Eric Lott and Russell Jacoby, is what constitutes a "public intellectual," whether these people are "necessary" and how. Jennifer Jacobson writes "Loving the Limelight" about what is required of these self-styled public intellectuals (think Cass Sunstein, Diane Ravitch, and Michael Eric Dyson) and what choices they make. The piece is over a month old, but I just didn't come across it 'til today.
4. I don't know how to post about things like Haditha. So, even as they're on my mind, I'm not equipped to deal with them. Even the way I think is inarticulate. So, I offer you these:
- The Horrors of Haditha from The Progressive Magazine
- Rampage at Haditha from Mother Jones