Friday, March 10, 2006

The woman who was JT Leroy (still not quite ready for her close-up)

More on the real identity of the literary hoaxer, JT Leroy (see interview elsewhere on this site), in this fascinating piece from Salon.com.

Thursday, March 9, 2006

The Tipton Three - innocents who were looking for something nice to mop up their curry?


There are, no doubt, many reasons why a young man would choose to cross the border from Pakistan to Afghanistan at a time when the United States was bombing the country at the beginning of its "War on Terror". Going there because the Afghanis serve large naan breads seems one of the less compelling reasons, yet this is the explanation given in Michael Winterbottom's film, The Road to Guantanamo, which screens on Channel 4 tonight.
It is a disturbing and visceral film, designed to show the viewpoint of the British detainees at Guantanamo. Their detainment seems wrong-headed and unjust, but their argument is let down by this peculiar detail. Would you really walk under American bombs for a tasty snack food?

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

More on Mr Ivor Cutler

For more on the late Mr Ivor Cutler, see this musical interview from The Wire.