Showing posts with label Sufi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sufi. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I Read Too Much Today

As things "wind down" in Iraq, reflections on Baghdad journalists who lost their lives.

How the multi-billionaire Koch brothers are financing think-tanks, Tea Party rallys and Libertarian causes with inocuous-sounding organizations. The August 23 New Yorker (summarized in August 29 New York Times OpEd)

The bed bug beat: desperate people are setting houses ablaze. The Wall Street Journal

India's second quarter economic growth was near 8.8%, yet a diarrhea outbreak is killing people and 900 are sick. (Wall Street Journal story and video)

Obituary of Colin Tennant, a Caribbean bon-vivant who lived off the industrial success of his Scottish forebears. In New York Social Diary

Times wedding announcement for Dr. Mehmet Oz's daughter, who married a Chicago man in Serbian Orthodox and Swedenborgian ceremonies. Dr. Oz once said he has an affinity for Sufi Islam, with his Turkish roots, but apparently three was a crowd.

The fine print on Yoga Bunny Detox drink: "Best when chilled, as indeed we all are." (From Pret A Manger, coming to Chicago soon.)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Celebrity Geneology

Finally, some reality television with a reasonbly intelligent and emotional component, albeit celebrity, produced by Lisa Kudrow, to get the show on the Networks. Looks like the heritage stories on Who do You Think You Are, to be aired on NBC starting March 5 at 8 p.m. EST, weigh heavily on African American and Jewish heritage, (Kudrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Spike Lee, Brooke Shields). Comparing the NBC Website preview to the geneology program PBS has been airing, Faces of America, it's like Hollywood vs. Harvard. The New York Post called Faces of America "a cheek-swab 'Charlie Rose Show.' " An examplary must-listen: American doctor and son of Turkish immigrants Mehmet Oz, as he explains the secular and religious in Turkey and his affinity for the mysticism of Sufi Islam. His wife also is interested in mysticism as a "Swedenborg" Protestant, he says. Faces of America airs Wednesdays on PBS through March 3 from 8 - 9 p.m. EST on PBS, and you can watch the first two episodes online, as well as some interesting video outtakes ... Queen Noor of Jordan, chef Mario Battali and more.