Kazuo Ishiguro, Photo credit: Andrew Testa for the NY Times
Kazuo Ishiguro has finally won. He’s been deserving this prize for a long time. The Remains of the Day is one of the greatest English novels ever written. Never Let Me Go was amazing. A Pale View of Hills was good too. I’m going to check out some of his other books.
If you want to read something interesting about Ishiguro, check out how he wrote The Remains of the Day in four weeks. I’m really happy he decided to have the butler open up at the end.
Alejandro Villaneuva, the one Steeler who stood ((Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press))
Everyone I know has been talking about the feud between Trump and the NFL. Trump has been his usual buffoon-like self, refusing to take a leadership role and criticizing from the outside rather than actively engaging in the conversation from within. Because he’s such a buffoon, the message is taking a back seat to the spectacle created by his buffoonery. But he’s right in terms of the content of his message, and the fact that people are supporting these kneeling clowns is really making me angry. I really don’t get how these guys get off doing this. There’s a serious sense of entitlement when grown men can make millions of dollars tossing a ball and then give the middle finger to the country that enabled them to live a life of wealth and glory off this skill.
Saw this article which talks about how pro football player Michael Bennett was arrested after Mayweather-MacGregor.
Bennett attributed his detention to being black. “Las Vegas police officers singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he wrote.
He’s a football player, multi-millionaire, and MIND READER. It was at this point in the article that it occurred to me that I had heard the name Michael Bennett before. Who was he? Was he totally innocent?
How timely. I’ve had this idea for this particular short post in my head all summer, and today David Brooks published this: In Praise of Equipoise. Now I don’t know about leadership or crossing over to do the kind of outreach that Brooks is describing, but I do know that identity politics is killing this country. Both the Alt-Right and Black Lives Matter are filled with narcissistic blowhards who talk too much, and both are responsible for fomenting hatred. Asian American activism has been ruined, especially by the so-called Asian American feminists. We (the commenters on this site and I) have spent the last few years railing against the sickening disease of victimization that has plagued both the Black community and the Asian American leftist community, but we’ve done so mostly within the framework of being in those communities. It’s time for us and identity politics to declare an amicable split. So I’m done.
Aight, I went on a camping trip before the Charlottesville protests, and I came back to find that someone died at the protests and the world is even angrier at Trump for doing nothing for two days. Four business executives, including Under Armour, Intel, and Merck, quit Trump’s manufacturing council. David Duke tweeted to Trump, “I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists,” which is completely false–it was actually the radical leftists, not the White Supremacists, who put Trump in office. It seems like everyone’s got it backwards.
Austin Jia, super-achiever who may have been rejected by schools based on race. Photo credit: Will Glaser/The New York Times
I’m taking a quick break from my break because of the historic possibility that the Justice Department under Jeff Sessions may be trying to eliminate affirmative action. I don’t remember any administration ever taking this stance. With the chaos of the Trump administration, no one really knows if this inquiry on affirmative action will pan out. But as I said before, I always felt that Trump was the best candidate on race, despite the fact that he’s incompetent in just about every other area. This may be his defining achievement.
I’m sure everyone has been watching all the Asian women in the news. First, there was the sexual harassment case where an apparent Silicon Valley White rice chaser was targeting Asian women. His business partner was an Asian male. Then there was the irate African American doctor who murdered an Asian American female doctor in the Bronx. Then there was the case of Yingying Zhang, the Chinese national who was kidnapped by some White dude with a fascination with kidnapping.
Just wanted to alert you to this great article by John Pomfret: The Split at the Heart of Chinese America. The article addresses affirmative action, Peter Liang, and all the other issues where there is a large split between recent Chinese immigrants and multi-generational ABC’s. It’s a really interesting article. John Pomfret is fluent in Chinese and has spent much of his career studying China.