And A Pleasant Allahu Akbar To You, Too, Mr. Layton.
I highly recommend Tarek's Chasing A Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State, and along the same lines I also happily recommend Bruce Bawer's provocative and saucy book Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom. Last week I had the pleasure of shambling around Ottawa with Bruce and friends and I was pleased to join Bruce in this panel discussion, at the National Archives, with Marc Lebuis of Point de Bascule and David Harris, former director of strategic planning for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service:
And speaking of books, here's Ehor Boyanowsky's tribute to the poet Ted Hughes, Savage Gods, Silver Ghosts: In the Wild with Ted Hughes. Here what I have to say about the book, on its dustjacket:
Ted Hughes' flyfishing sojourns on Canada's west coast are the stuff of legend. Rumours of his whereabouts would spread from river to river and camp to camp. Was he here? Is it true? Hughes was known to keep his quiet counsel among the most eccentric sect of anglers, the steelhead flyfishermen. He shared in their secrets, their campfires, their obsessions, and he moved through the mountains in their stories and their whispers. With this book, Ehor Boyanowsky has captured his beloved companion in the same way a proper fisherman takes a steelhead salmon. He raises Hughes from the shadows and into the light of day, for the world to behold, and then returns him to the river, and to his dreams.