Thursday, August 03, 2006

Some of you probably caught yesterday's Fresh Air on NPR, which featured interviews with Samir el-Youssef and Etgar Keret. El-Youssef and Keret, who are friends and collaborators, are, respectively, Palestinian and Israeli, and it was quite extraordinary to hear them (albeit in subsequent conversations with Terry Gross), describing the extraordinary personal and political circumstances that surround and inform their friendship. It's well worth hunting down a transcript or recording of their Fresh Air interventions. Incidentally, I came into the show late and couldn't figure out what on earth an interesting writer like Keret (who was first up) was doing on Fresh Air, which is always trotting out the most predictable stuff when it comes time to do a literature segment. Of course, when El-Youssef came on I realized what the political hook was. Then I caught the beginning of the show later and heard Terry Gross referring to the Times verdict that Keret was the most famous young writer in Israel -- ah ha.

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