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Lawrence Wright’s The Looming Tower, which received a Pulitzer Prize in the general non-fiction category this year, is without a doubt the outstanding work of many which have attempted an inside portrait of the processes driving Al Qaeda and similar terrorist movements in the Muslim world. And Wright’s one-man play, My Trip to al-Qaeda, is potentially even more brilliant than the book. I saw it in February and found it to be a transformative experience.
Even if you follow events in the Middle East with some care, this play is likely to move you to deeper understanding of the problems we face. Wright’s play was sold out virtually every night through its Bleecker Street run, and now it will show for two evenings, June 5 and 6, at Town Hall. Tickets are available online.
More from Scott Horton:
Conversation — August 5, 2016, 12:08 pm
Sidney Blumenthal on the origins of the Republican Party, the fallout from Clinton’s emails, and his new biography of Abraham Lincoln
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
Damages sought, in a defamation suit, by a Chicago landlord from a tenant who complained about mold via Twitter:
The British House of Lords voted to limit the right of parents to spank their children.
The Mall of America hired its first black Santa, a real estate company valued Mr. and Mrs. Claus’s North Pole home at $656,957, and it was reported that the price of the gifts from “Twelve Days of Christmas” went up by more than $200 in 2016, to $34,363.49.
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"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."