exercises in compound storytelling

Monday, September 15, 2008

Buda's Wagon

I'm just three short chapters into Mike Davis's short book Buda's Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb. To his credit he tries to tie together all the uses of the car bomb into a single family tree, starting with a cartload of dynamite delivered to Wall Street by an Italian anarchist in 1920. So far it's an odd little book for someone like me who doesn't read much agitprop, especially shall we say left-leaning agitprop.

I forget from time to time that there are people who consider 1920's anarchists to be the good guys fighting for the little people, the nation of Israel to be a fascist regime imposed on native Arabs and Palestinians, etc.

I'm eighteen pages into a two hundred page book. Should be an interesting ride.

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