Back from a 96 hour Boston-Atlanta-CA triangle with a few pointers:
A must-read book on Syria, before and now, and how the disaster of the civil war came to be: Among The Ruins: Syria Past and Present by Christian C. Sahner:
And only a few days after A.O. Scott condemns America’s refusal to produce adults, blaming television and “Youth Literature” along the way (“Y.A. fiction is the least of it….”), along comes J.B. Simmons and I spend half of my long travel day yesterday reading the first installment “Unbound” from his new Omega Series, and confirm that good books for young people is in fact a very good thing not a mark of the collapse of all things adult.
Well-written books for young adults that get their eyes off of screens for extended periods of reading are great things. Buy your teenager Unbound –it may well turn out to be the next Hunger Games– and keep their noses in books at least some of the time. There is no end of civilization in sight if you enjoy it as well.
The end of civilization is in Iraq and Syria, and that’s where I leave you, with this: Iraq’s effort to rebuild the army our army built and which broke when President Obama obliged us to leave over the objections of his senior military advisor –Leon Panetta– and his generals.
There are many excellent reasons to vote against every Democrats this November, but rebuking the president for his epic mistake of 2011 –driven solely by his domestic political needs– is the best.