LAT Festival of the Book
"Did they answer the quesion? She asked the audience after giving up on the panel, pleading for supportive affirmation that George Bush ordered the explosives installed, I guess? Jeez.
There were jeers, and calls for her to shut up. I thought it was answered. She's a nut and evidence some of the far left will believe anything in the same way the far right won't believe the easy stuff like science done by the best in the world. Every political persuasion has their pet conspiracies. They have one thing in common: they're both crazy.
The panel which included Mark Halperin of ABC and Jim O'Shea the newly installed editor of the LAT was flabbergasted and let he go on way to long, but it turns out that was the highlight of the day, other than seeing some first time novelists and one old timer: William Kittredge getting the lifetime achievement award. He and his wife, Annick Smith produced A River Runs Through It, one of my favorite films. The Amy Goodman, Greg Palast panel on the state of America today was fun, but they didn't allow enough questions. Palast is an entertainer. He's right, but a bit hyperblized for a mainstream audience, and relies heavily on a keen perception of the obvious to make his points. His main one is Bush et al are for OIL. KPO-phasers on full stun Captain!
Jared Diamond and his sister Susan were interesting, talking about their childhood in Boston. He looks like an Amish elder, but boy, what an intellect. Her too.
Of course all of the crime novelists were around: Connelly; Crais; Cannell and so on. It's so LA.
Tomorrow it's sci-fi with John Scalzi whose blog I've commented on, and the Bill McKibben panel on the state of the natural world.