November 26, 2013

Days of Miracle and Wonder

"The bomb in the baby carriage was wired to the radio...."

“Years ago I used to think it was possible for a novelist to alter the inner life of the culture. Now bomb-makers and gunmen have taken that territory. They make raids on human consciousness … We’re giving way to terror, to news of terror, to tape-recorders and cameras, to radios, to bombs stashed in radios. News of disaster is the only narrative people need. The darker the news, the grander the narrative.” -- Don DeLillo, Mao II

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 26, 2013 8:50 AM
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First of all, Praise God you are well. Thank you for your incredibly hard work, Mr. Vanderleun.
Although I'd had it saved to Netflix (release date: Unknown); serendipitously, the DVD "Under African Skies" was included in the copy of "Graceland" borrowed from the library.
What a treat.
How interesting, too, was Paul Simon's quiet deterrmination not to submit to Harry Belafonte's request he seek permission/approval of the African National Congress
before going to South Africa to play music with local bands. Or to acquiesce to demands by their political arm not to tour with exiled South African musicians.
What wonderful irony that he and his group were asked to play in South Africa after the A.N.C. came in to power.

Posted by: DavidB at November 26, 2013 8:16 AM