My article on "songs inspired by literature" was just published at SF Station.
We, along with everyone else in San Francisco, saw Fahrenheit 9-11 yesterday. I'm glad it's out there and I'm glad I saw it, but I was a little disappointed. This disappointment most likely stems from all the hype. I suppose I was looking for a new silver bullet to convince me all over again how right I am. Instead, it rehashed points I was already aware of. It also seemed a bit rushed and not as persuasive as Bowling for Columbine. For instance, Moore shows a montage of Bush JR, SR and their cronies meeting repeatedly with Saudis as if this proves a nefarious connection. While the two families are connected through oil and money, this is hardly damning evidence given how connected the two countries are through oil and money. Of course Bush and other senior government officials need to meet with officials from Saudi Arabia. You could easily show Clinton and his officials doing the same thing. Is Moore saying we should cut off all ties with Saudia Arabia? If so, say goodbye to their oil, their money and their supposed "support" in the war on terror. Texas governement officials (under Bush's watch) playing gracious host to Taliban members is a different story.
Other amazing news: the Giants in first place. I counted them out and am still not convinced this is a team that can win anything other than the dubious title of champion of the weakest division in baseball. I'm reading Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven and just finished Alice Munro's excelent trio of stories in the New Yorker.