Trevor Noah – Born a Crime (2016)

Kate recommended this book. I’m glad she did. It’s a fantastic insight into growing up in South Africa as Apartheid was ending.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood is an autobiographical comedy book written by the American comedian Trevor Noah. …

Noah has been the host of The Daily Show  on Comedy Central, since 28 September 2015.

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The son of a Xhosa mother and a Swiss-German father, Mr. Noah recalls that “the only time I could be with my father was indoors”: “If we left the house, he’d have to walk across the street from us.” It was dangerous, as a light-skinned child, to be seen with his mother as well: “She would hold my hand or carry me, but if the police showed up she would have to drop me and pretend I wasn’t hers.” …

In the end, “Born a Crime” is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa …, but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother …

NY Times – ‘Born a Crime,’ Trevor Noah’s Raw Account of Life Under Apartheid

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (1974)

Though I was a huge science fiction fan in my teens, I never became a Le Guin fan (aside from her brilliant Left Hand of Darkness). Though a skilled writer, Le Guin’s plots are too complex to be great storytelling.

Heinlein was better.

I still feel that way. This book has a terrific plot: Shevek (a physicist) is the first from his planet in ages to travel to the supposedly utopian mother planet, Urras, in order to share an astonishing discovery.

It does not go well.  Nor does the book. It’s too wordy, too complicated.

The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia is a 1974 utopian science fiction novel by Ursula K. Le Guin …

The book won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1974 won both the Hugo and Locus Awards in 1975 …

It achieved a degree of literary recognition unusual for science fiction works due to its exploration of many themes, including anarchism and revolutionary societies, capitalism and individualism and collectivism. …

 

 

Robert Mercer – the money behind the extreme right

It was $10m of Mercer’s money that enabled Bannon to fund Breitbart – a rightwing news site, set up with the express intention of being a Huffington Post for the right. It has launched the careers of Milo Yiannopoulos and his like …

With links to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage, the rightwing US computer scientist is at the heart of a multimillion-dollar propaganda network

Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media

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