|Tonight on TDS, Ishmael Beah, author of "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" and on TCR, Lance Armstrong, Tour de France winner.|
|This is hard to read, and hard to write. Ishmael Beah's book is a memoir, so let me just jump to the PubWeekly review via Amazon:
There are quite a few reviews and profiles out there, as well as an excerpt and some other writings by Beah. He's a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Division Advisory Committee and has spoken on behalf of child soldiers in several venues, including the recent conference in Paris sponsored by UNICEF and France's Foreign Ministry. In a bit of surreality, the book will be promoted and sold in Starbucks (with a donation of $2/book to UNICEF, minimum donation of $100,000). Also, he's modeled Armani in Playboy.
|For a complete change of pace, Lance Armstrong is on with Stephen. Everyone knows him, right? Seven-time Tour de France winner, 10 year cancer survivor (recent anniversary woohoo!), occasional visitor to gossip columns... that's him. He's also run the New York Marathon, been the subject of a variety of cartoons, at least one Onion feature, and an upcoming movie. Also, he's a daddy. But his private life is staying private now, even re:valentine's day fluff features (I can only assume...)
It looks like he's got two ongoing projects right now. On the biking front, he's leading a doping-free team (with Floyd Landis) -- there'll be regular blood tests. There have been a few headlines along those lines in the past few days, as the
But I suspect he'd rather talk about his anti-cancer advocacy. He's
As one headline to a commentary by him put it,"Lance Armstrong: Patience running thin with D.C."
This year is the tenth anniversary of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (a.k.a. LiveSTRONG), and Armstrong is currently the chair of its board of directors. I took a look around the website and got all verklempt, maybe especially because my mother is both a cancer survivor and a big Lance fan. But to bring it back to politics, his blog revealed that John Edwards stopped by the Foundation's staff meeting not long ago to chat. So, even though it seems he was on O'Reilly recently, and we all remember the biking trip with Bush, I don't think we should hold that against him. Too much.