Thursday, June 5, 2008

Reading, Watching II

These days I'm diving into David Fromkin's classic A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East... a book twenty years old now and more relevant every day. Also the superb debut issue of Standpoint, the UK journal of opinion that defends and celebrates Western civilization. Also Monocle magazine's Aviation Survey, in their June issue, Tim Lott's piece in Granta 101, Christopher Tilghman's In a Father's Place. Looking forward to Rowan Somerville's novel The End of Sleep, and Anuradha Roy's An Atlas of Impossible Longing. Am following changover at the Abumuqawama counter-terrorist theory blog.

Watching Hitchcock's Secret Agent. And will soon watch American Beauty, as I'm re-reading Alan Ball's screenplay... a perfect script... and recalling Mena Suvari's wonderful performance.

Am daydreaming of islands along the southern Dalmatian coast and of American beaches, which I miss.

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