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Smitten By A “Super Sad True Love Story”

Now the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress, has added digital book players to its range of reading technologies. I got one this week, and yesterday, after taking a pledge not to hack, pirate, or fail to venerate anyone’s copyright, I downloaded my first NLS digital book, Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart. Back in the day of NLS cassette books (not the commercial variety of recorded books, which usually sounded histrionic or hokey to me), I would have to wait several years before a current bestseller became accessible. Shteyngart’s novel was published less than a year ago. Continue reading

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No Rest for the Righteous: Even Osama Had Porn

I used to joke that the way to defeat the Mullahs was subverting them with American trash culture. Give them a taste of Brittany Spears, MTV, and spandex and you know who would win the Clash of Civilizations! The revelation last week that a secret stash of pornography was found in Osama bin Laden’s compound seems to substantiate the joke, although its spot-on irony makes you wonder if the CIA has hired some hip new script writers.

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Zenga Zenga: Remixing the Dictator’s Speech

via noyalooshemusic: “Libyan(Ex?) leader Muammar Kadafi with his Auto Tuned version to “Hey Baby” by Pitbull & T pain. Remix by Noy Alooshe.”

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And the Winner Is – The Dictator’s Speech!

Forget dancing with the stars. Now you can rub elbows with the autocrats at the Academy Awards, via Zapiro’s latest political cartoon. The irreverent South African satirist appears on Al Jazeera’s Listening Post, which features his latest seditious venture – ZA News. I was pointed to this panel by AJE’s Libya live blog.

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Al Jazeera Listening Post: Shining a Light into a Media Black Hole in Libya

Via Al Jazeera English: From the media black hole that was Libya, shocking videos illustrate the revolt. Also, South Africa’s best known political cartoonist: Jonathan Shapiro.

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