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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:
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
No Comment — March 28, 2014, 12:32 pm
On CIA secrecy, torture, and war-making powers
Estimated additional hours Americans would spend stoned annually if marijuana were legal in most states:
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University said that most alcohol-related airplane accidents happen at night and in bad weather.
A waitress in Chengdu ate a cockroach in response to a complaint by a customer who had discovered the bug in his salad. “You will always find cockroaches in the food,” she told him. “It is very normal.”
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“I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.”