Algeria … Gladwell … Boarding schools 6th of March, 2006 ANTE·MERIDIEM 12:10
The Poor Man linked yesterday to a piece on « l’Algérie française », http://www.algeria-watch.org/farticle/analyse/shatz_torture.htm . It’s horrifying, and shocking; I’d been aware that France did terrible things in Algeria, but I hadn’t ever read up on the details. Northrup draws the parallel with the US in Iraq: Personally, while that’s interesting, my world view isn’t US-centric to a level necessary for that to be the main draw. Something it makes incidentally clearer to me, a decade and a bit later, is the plot of Frederick Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackal. The OAS members plotting to kill de Gaulle in that were Algeria veterans, and, probably, as inhumane as one can imagine; not the sort of people you want to find yourself sympathising with.
In case you’ve missed it, you should be aware that Malcolm Gladwell of Blink and an archive of excellent New Yorker articles has a blog: http://gladwell.typepad.com/ . On his front page at the moment is a link to an interview he does with a sports writer from Boston, and speaking as someone who has no knowledge of or real interest in US sports, it’s great. Read him!
Word of the day: el internado means “boarding school” in Spanish, интернат is the same thing in Tajik.
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