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Monday, April 7, 2008

Reading Tonight

posted by on April 7 at 10:04 AM


It’s a slow day for readings in Seattle, with two open mics going on tonight and only one reading.

Cindy and Craig Corrie are reading at Town Hall Seattle tonight from Let Me Stand Alone, which is the collected letters and journals of their daughter, Rachel Corrie. There’s been a lot of writing about Rachel Corrie in The Stranger, particularly Eli’s beautiful piece on her from exactly five years ago this week. A couple weeks before that, Dan wrote a similarly thoughtful story about the “Saint Rachel” phenomenon. And Brendan reviewed My Name is Rachel Corrie, the play based on her writing, when it opened here last year. I have to recuse myself from writing about Rachel because I knew her—she was a roommate of a friend—but I don’t think that it’s a conflict of interest to say that the reading should be interesting, and a lot of the controversy that surrounded her death is still very relevant today.

Full readings calendar, including the next week or so, here.

Also, if you haven’t already, you should check out the nifty, brand-new books page, which has a ton more reviews and a mini-blog revue of the last week’s books-themed Slog posts, over here.

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Rachel Corrie: American hero, or fucking idiot?

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 7, 2008 10:14 AM

Amy Biehl. Rachel Corrie. Nothing gets attention like the death of a white woman.

Posted by Giffy | April 7, 2008 10:15 AM

Mr Poe@1: I'll take door #2. Showboating in the middle of a decades-long war zone is like crossing I-5 at rush hour in the dark, in a rainstorm. It's just fucking stupid, and is a form of hollow bullshit martyrdom. Yeah, it makes a statement alright: "I am a fucking idiot".

Israelis evil incarnate, Palestinians faultless saints: oh, yeah. It's all that simple.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | April 7, 2008 10:30 AM

She was an idiot. And yeah, she kind of deserved to die. But her parents are adorable. Hugz!

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 7, 2008 10:32 AM

She didn't deserve to die. But her journals point directly to the problem: she was a deeply deluded person, and her understanding of the world she lived in was dim and rote. And frequently dishonest; and she could not have been more eager to cooperate with the propaganda of death.

Posted by Fnarf | April 7, 2008 12:37 PM

I'd agree if I didn't feel pressured to agree if only for her age.

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 7, 2008 1:46 PM

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