Weekend Homework: Late Edition
Yes, it's Saturday afternoon. I'm teaching you to be efficient.
1. If you, like me, are still reeling from the news about the incident in Haditha, I encourage you to read Spec. Milo Freeman's post on the topic. It's great blogging: it feels uncensored yet carefully considered, agonized, personal, and intellectual, self-probing and vulnerable, with a sense of history and a sense of global ethics that meander in and out of the expected.
2. The War Tapes is out and may be at a theater near you:
Since Homer's time, storytellers have struggled with the challenge of how to describe the experience of war. The War Tapes suggests that the best storytellers aren't looking on from an emotional and physical detach-they're on the battlefield. Using footage shot by three members of the National Guard deployed in Iraq, Deborah Scranton has crafted a documentary that is humorous, gut wrenching, and deeply authentic.
In NYC, it's playing at Landmark Sunshine on the Lower East Side.
3. If the weather shapes up, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is hosting Jazz and Roses, live jazz and rose-y events, for the pretty reasonable price, given what it is, of $5.
4. And check out this piece in the Weekly Standard, which reviews two new books on Auden. It's actually quite lovely at times, especially if you have a soft spot for the poet.
5. Calculate your how much CO2 you're emitting and then consider, if you can, offsetting it.
That's it, folks. I hope you have a wonderful weekend with at least a few hours to do what you wish.