Wednesday, September 6, 2006

DEBATE AT LOLITA BAR: "Was Israel Right to Invade Lebanon?"

Jonathan Leaf and Richard Ryan debate the question “Was Israel Right to Invade Lebanon?” (with Michel “The Brain” Evanchik moderating and Todd Seavey hosting) at next week’s Jinx Athenaeum, Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 8pm, downstairs at Lolita bar (free admission, cash bar, a.c.) on the northeast corner of Broome and Allen on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, one block south and three west of the Delancey St. subway stop. (Volunteers to debate specific future topics, especially if you have a willing, serious opponent, are welcome.)

It seems a fitting time to do a Middle East topic, with the fifth anniversary of 9/11 looming. Jacob Levy tells me that a novel has been written about irony-obsessed, thirtysomething writers and editors who went to Brown and now live in NYC coping ineptly with 9/11, so I may have to read it. Here’s the 8/27/06 NYT review.

On a somewhat related note, recently noted this fine cartoon about the conflict between science and religion:

By the way, if YOU are a cartoonist fond of science — and thus not overly fond of environmentalists — let me know, as ACSH may have some work for you illustrating a book on environmental controversies.

(And if you’re a non-leftist media/creative type who wants to be on a separate e-list for the monthly Manhattan Project bar gatherings and aren’t already, let me know — you might meet luminaries like Ryan Sager, author of Elephant in the Room: Evangelicals, Libertarians, and the Battle to Control the Republican Party, out this week.)

Thanks to everyone who sent birthday good wishes earlier this month.

(NOTE: The above was sent as a mass e-mail in the days prior to the debate and was posted on this blog retroactively in April 2007. Click here for other Debates at Lolita Bar.)