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December 31, 2004

Books and time

I’m in Vera Cruz, Mexico today and it is gorgeous out. It’s a nice, small city and I’ve been soaking up sun and reading ‘Love, Poverty and War’, a collection of essays by Christopher Hitchens.

I’m nearly done with it but am not sure I recommend it. On one hand, it’s a beautiful book, written in a style unique to Hitchens. On the other hand, his pre-9/11 writing was so focused on knocking prominent, admired people, like Mother Theresa and Winston Churchill, off their perches that it gets a little old. Even when I share his criticism of certain people, like Bill Clinton, I feel like Hitchens’ complaints come off as a tad obvious. My favorite parts of the book concern the Kurds, who have never had a better friend than Hitchens (despite their motto ‘the Kurds have no friends’), and his various travels through war torn countries. His take on NYC’s Bloomberg nanny laws is spot on. Maybe I’ll have a longer, more detailed review when I’m done. For now, I’m going out into Vera Cruz and waiting the arrival of 2005.

Posted by Karol at 06:24 PM |
Comments

damn, for a person who is always begging for money claiming to be broke you take nice trips and own cool gear. typical republican. perspective is all shot – “poor” is someone who does not have enough to make ends meet – not someone who vacations in mexico. gees.

Posted by: broke at January 2, 2005 at 1:02 pm

Heh, Dawn is that you?

Posted by: Karol at January 2, 2005 at 4:13 pm

Mind your bidness, brokey.

Posted by: Mikey at January 2, 2005 at 5:29 pm

Karol, How did you happen to choose Veracruz? I visited there in 1980 when I was traveling through Mexico, but I don’t think I have ever met anyone else who has been there. I liked the place, which was more Caribbean than most of Mexico, and at least then was pretty much a working port and not touristy at all. I remember having coffee at the cafes along the harbor and visiting a museum (Baluarte?). Saludos. Bob

Posted by: bobm at January 3, 2005 at 11:29 am
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