I read a really bad interview tonight. It might not have been so bad if it had a different title. It's an interview with Noam Chomsky and it's titled "Obama, Campus Activism, Mexico and the Middle East: An Interview With Noam Chomsky" (CounterPunch). What a waste.
In the long interview "Obama administration" is raised once by the interviewer. Noam Chomsky refers to Barack only once: " Up until now, Obama has said ‘yes, we are in favor of it, but Israel has to be excluded’. That exception essentially kills the possibility of a nuclear weapons free-zone. "
And I was only reading for the "Obama" part of the title. I thought, "Since it's first, Noam must really weigh in." He didn't. It may be time for people to stop interviewing Noam. He's got very little to add to the conversation.
Then I read an interview with the very ugly-on-the-inside Ani DiFranco. Someone needs to say, "Girl, you ain't never going to be Black, give it up."
Sorry. She thinks she's so wonderful and so all of that but she reminds me a lot of the woman that Oprah socks in The Color Purple. You know that White woman who goes on and on about how she's done lots of things for 'you people' and can't believe anyone would not rush to kiss her ass -- anyone Black would not drop what they are doing to rush over and kiss her ass.
That's Ani DiFranco. Her friends must be like her audience: 99% White. If she had any Black friends, they'd pull her aside and say, "You're really coming off bad right now."
(The 99% is audience remark is based on a concert of hers that I attended. My boyfriend and I won tickets. He was Hispanic, for those keeping track. :D So we won tickets and it was an all White audience except for us. In a heavily ethnic city. We were like, "Are they all in from the suburbs?")
While Ani played the fool as usual, C.I. blew me away again today.
She is the one. There is no harder working online lefty. I mean, come on. She writes so well and it's just amazing. I've seen her when she's writing like that and it's as if no one's around. She's at the keyboard, acting it out, and she stops every now and then to talk something out with herself but mainly just writes as this amazingly fast rate. She makes a difference.
Ani DiFranco just makes tired recordings.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"