Reading Hannah Arendt in Cafe Crema
On the topic of comments threads, Noga kicked off an interesting one about Hannah Arendt here. George Szertes, whose post sparked it, has more here and here. For those non-veteran readers of this blog, loads more on Arendt here. (This post, on Alice Walker's love for the people, sets out my view of the Scholem-Arendt debate Mingreli references; this is also pertinent.)
(Image above is of Hannah Arendt in a Parisian cafe in 1935, stolen from The New Yorker, where it illustrates a fine article by Adam Kirsch.)
We did Nadine Rosa-Rosso here. Snoopy has more, and on Jose Saramago.
The idiotic nationalism of the likes of Nadine was already nailed in 1935 by the SPGB's Edgar Hardcastle, in this interesting article about Indian nationalism and British imperialism. (H/t Ent.)
Fascism and anti-fascism
Nick Lowles in Searchlight on the European elections. | David T on how to beat the BNP and the Islamic far right. | Hitchens on the Armenian genocide. | Norm on the Nazi/Israel comparison. | Hak Mao on Italian fascism today. | David Aaronovitch on Moussawi and Wilders. (And, from back in January, on the "respectability" of the BNP.) |
Abroad: Lyn Julius in the Guardian on the "myth of the Mizrahim", plus interesting discussion at ZWord. | The Last Jew in Kabul, a video at NYT.* | RIP Janet Jagan.* | Obama's rabbi.*
At home: David Hirsh on those who like to keep Jews on the couch. | Lewisham Israeli artist made homeless by squatters, and then sees his paintings for sale in Deptford market.
Falling under no particular heading.
Paris at end of WW2 liberation "whites only". | A letter to the great professor Chomsky. | IWCA on the criminal "renegades". | Louis Proyect on my hero, Harvey Pekar.*
Soundtrack to this post
The late Bud Shank, RIP (nb: including "Nature Boy", see here/here), Paulo Conte (h/t Jogo, who points out klezmer flavour of this song), Cote de Pablo (covering Tom Waits, very sexily).
And finallyTo those of you celebrating Passover, Chag sameach, as Barack Obama might say. That's me until next week.