|Tonight on TDS, Mr. "Our goal is to shrink government to the size where we can drown it in a bathtub" Grover Norquist; and on TCR, Katherine Boo Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity.|
To those of you so inclined: enjoy. And for the rest of us,
That's been going through my head all day. But it's only 3:47. Hmm. Well, if I could figure out how to get the new video code at Comedy Central to work with dKos, I'd give you the extended version of "Goodnight Irene" that Stephen & gang performed last week (did'ja notice the guitars & suchlike in the background?), but I can't make it embed. So go here. And that's 3:25 (plus however long the rogaine commercial takes), which should last you until the eagle starts screaming...
(oh, and if you have any idea how to solve that problem -- it's the iframe/dkos thing, plus (I think) a plugin I don't know how to call -- please let me know.
Wonder if it's time to learn some more code.)
|I think Stephen's got the guest of the week tonight:
From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities.That's from the booksite. Here's Publisher's Weekly (it's a starred review):
A Mumbai slum offers rare insight into the lives and socioeconomic and political realities for some of the disadvantaged riding the coattails (or not) of India’s economic miracle in this deeply researched and brilliantly written account by New Yorker writer and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Boo. Divided into four parts, the narrative brings vividly to the page life as it is led today in Annawadi, a squalid and overcrowded migrant settlement of some 3,000 people squatting since 1991 on a half-acre of land owned by the Sahar International Airport. (Boo derives her title from a richly ironic real-world image: a brightly colored ad for floor tiles repeating “Beautiful Forever” across a wall shutting out Annawadi from the view of travelers leaving the airport.) Among her subjects is the fascinating Abdul, a sensitive and cautiously hopeful Muslim teenager tirelessly trading in the trash paid for by recycling firms. Crucially, Boo’s commanding ability to convey an interior world comes balanced by concern for the structural realities of India’s economic liberalization (begun the same year as Annawadi’s settlement), and her account excels at integrating the party politics and policy strategies behind eruptions of deep-seated religious, caste, and gender divides. Boo’s rigorous inquiry and transcendent prose leave an indelible impression of human beings behind the shibboleths of the New India.Lots of other reviews out there (and Colbertnewshub & wikipedia have good 'about the author' stuff). Here are a few favorite bits:
Remember the title of Katherine Boo’s new book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, because you will see it on upcoming nominee lists for the next round of Very Important Literary Prizes. That Boo won the Pulitzer in 2000, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship in 2002, became a staff writer for The New Yorker in 2003 (contributor since 2001) after 10 years with The Washington Post, and is just now publishing her debut title, will guarantee media coverage. That “Beautiful” is an unforgettable true story, meticulously researched with unblinking honesty, will make Boo’s next awards well-deserved.
...Ms. Boo was introduced to Mumbai by her husband, Sunil Khilnani, a former Johns Hopkins University professor who spends part of every year there and thought she could write about India in a way less condescending than many Westerners. Initially she was hesitant: there was the language barrier, and also her shaky health.And for some other perspectives, this article at swans.com and the two linked here at AsianWindow are absolutely worth reading. Go do that. Maybe even while not-watching Jon deal with Grover Norquist.
|Up this week:
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central
(listings and occasional links via The Late Night TV Page, some links & more guest info available at thedailyshow.com/guests, colbertnewshub.com, and a judiciously-used google.com.)