Friday, September 19, 2008

Out of Order

Home internet service is really really sick, so I'm lucky if I can log on for five minutes. So neat stuff further delayed.

Briefly, though --

#39 -- "Reappraisals" by Tony Judt

I foolishly put off reading this, because the Economist kinda slammed it and I feared it would tarnish the memory of "Postwar." I needn't have worried -- it's fucking fantastic (feel free to use that on the cover of the paperback edition, guys). This is a collection of Judt's essays from the past, oh, 15 years or so, and there's nary a misstep throughout. In a few cases, I don't know enough about the Marxist scholars or whoever he's discussing to be able to respond critically, but it's often enough to spur me to check out the stuff he's writing about. And when he's discussing current/recent/historical events, he's at the top of his game. The opening essay, "The World We Have Lost," is so spot-on that I want to photocopy it, send it to everyone I know, and say "This. This is where all discussion should pretty much start." I recommend this and I re-recommend "Postwar." I want more Judt. The guy needs a blog.

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