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04/19/2007: "i don't recall"



polished up a few more items: Finders Keepers by Mark Bowden, Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army by Jeremy Scahill and the movie Children of Men. all three worthy of attention.

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i first read Mark Bowden when i got all excited about the movie Black Hawk Down. the movie was released during my Counter-Strike phase and as is my fashion, if a movie comes from a book, i generally like to read the book prior to having someone image that subject for me. the book proved to be better than the movie - and the movie was pretty fscking good. Bowden did some amazing research for the book, actually going to Mogadishu to interview those involved in the affair. he is an excellent writer, a gift he obviously perfected in his days of writing for stateside newspapers. Finders Keepers is actually a printing of a series that ran in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. it is a quick read, but interesting, compelling, and laugh-out-loud funny at times. the main character, who eventually gets portrayed as a simple everyman, is at best a tragic antihero: a bumbling outsider who blows his chance at reward for doing what is right. while the book is worth the read, the movie version, starring John Cusack, is a pass.

Jeremy Scahill is a frequent guest and contributor to Democracy Now. after hearing his interview/piece on Democracy Now following the release of the book, i was hooked. deeply footnoted for accuracy, it is painfully obvious that Scahill has done vast research on an organization that would prefer to fly under the radar most of time. i would say that besides the debacle in Iraq, the rise of private, mercenary contractors for deployment by the US government or corporations will be second of note in the craptacular legacy of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al. excellent book, well worth the read.

Children of men. one word: dystopian. oh, and good.


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