Rainmaker

  I’m reading the second volume of The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, a graphic novel trilogy by Riad Sattouf. The first one, which is excellent, is out in English; I’m muddling through the second, which is excellent, under the power of my four-cylinder French. These frames are uncanny in their depiction of a typical day …

Independence Days

I’m reading Congo: the Epic History of a People by David Van Reybrouck. I learned of it from this intriguing New York Times review, which opens with Maréchal Mobutu’s “both Pythonesque and distressing” foray into space exploration: (The above uncharitably reminds me of the joke about the proposed subtitle for the film about Wernher von Braun, I Aim at …