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RY COODER has a new CD: “Chavez Ravine.” It’s a story about Latino L.A. after World War II, about “cool cats,” radio, J. Edgar Hoover, and baseball — Mike Davis calls it “a magical-realist street opera celebrating the life and death of the barrio that the Dodgers killed.” Ry is the guitar legend who produced the Grammy-winning international best-seller “Buena Vista Social Club.”
Plus: EVAN WRIGHT lived with a Marine battalion during the Iraq war — he describes young men trained to be ruthless killers, and he reports on their cynicism, their ambivalence, and their bitterness about a battlefield where they can’t tell the good guys from the bad. Evan Wright’s book Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Capitain America and the New Face of American War won the J. Anthony Lukas book prize and the L.A. Times “Current Interest” Book Prize.
More stuff to read: Jon Wiener in The Nation says the British boycott of Israeli academics is a bad idea: http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20050606&s=wiener
Web extra: listen to Victor Navasky talk about his new book A Matter of Opinion: http://www.thenation.com/blogs/audioblog?pid=2651