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Friday, September 5, 2008

Buda's Wagon

I stumbled across Mike Davis's book Buda's Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb a couple of weeks ago, but I was about to catch a plane and didn't want a book with the word "bomb" on it in my carry-on luggage. One can't be too careful.

I've only read Davis's Planet of Slums, but I think that like William Vollman he's an author I haven't read but want to make more time for. I can't say at the moment whether he's one of the "this is your future: be afraid" kind or one of the "someone should do something" kind, but if I could block off a week for him I'd do it in a heartbeat.

And yes, I realize he's an activist, and so can't be trusted to tell the truth.

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