Thursday, February 13, 2014

Around the Web

We are finally getting some rain in my neck of the woods, which helps our water table and my reading habits. Here are a few choice bits.

Martin has an excellent series of pieces on Christian anti-Zionism. The New Centrist is back with a vengeance, and adds to Martin's conversation.

Bob on the recurring "crisis of the left" and an attempt to state what pathological and negative values the broader movement finds itself.

Michael Totten has a book coming out on Cuba in the near future, and he has been posting choice pieces to his blog. His recent bit on the myth of Che Guevara is especially strong.

JD at Shiraz Socialist answers Roger Waters' recent nonsense.

Nick Cohen on the threat the UKIP plays to the right and left in UK politics.

Ron Radosh on the Russia's Olympic fantasies.

A. Jay Adler on academic boycotts and re-colonization by theory.

Tablet has a great interview with Art Spiegelman.

4 comments:

newcentrist said...

Thanks for the link!

newcentrist said...

That Spiegelman interview was "good"? In what way? He came off as a typical "progressive" Jew, to me.

"Samuels: My personal feeling is that Jews, in some deep way, aren’t inherently any different than Armenians or Serbs or any other of these tribes with long histories, all of which interest me aesthetically and historically. But I personally don’t see Israel as any more intrinsically good or bad than France.

Spiegelman: Or America..."

Samuels is a fool. A damn fool. We are all humans. But Armenians and Serbs did not bring the Ten Commandments to the world or monotheism. Judaism birthed Christianity and Islam. These people are so out of touch with their history it is a sickness.

And Spiegelman of course had to add "America". What a POS. America is unique and the consequences of our revolution have been far more positive for the world than the legacy of the French revolution, which is totalitarianism and rule of "the people" (the mob) rather than "rule of law" which is very Old Testament, btw. Why do you think the Ten Commandments used to be proudly displayed in this country, especially the courts? Because our founder had an affinity for those LAWS.

Best comment:

Saul Balagura· University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Imagine a cartoon in which two Jews are fighting about who has the better seat on a train heading for Auschwitz. That’s the image that came to mind while reading this interview."

Roland Dodds said...

Interesting may have been a better term than "good." As Spiegelman noted at the start of the interview, thanks to Maus, he has a privileged position in many regards. People look to what he has to say, for better or worse. Spiegelman has had some very silly things to say, and is really just a cartoonist in the end. His book published after 9/11 was especially atrocious. A bit like asking a rock star to give you an adequate theory on economics.

newcentrist said...

I agree. It is an interesting interview because it provides some information on the man behind the comics. Maus had an impact on me when I read it back in the 80s. No denying that. He is a quite good cartoonist. I like Joe Sacco's illustrations too and have a similar disdain for his brand of lefty politics. And it goes both ways. I know left-leaning types who like Frank Miller's work.