HERE’S A COMEDY NOTE
This has nothing to do with politics, but everything to do with the Council’s favorite comedian, Maz Jobrani who twice has highlighted programs with his cross-cultural humor. His autobiography I’m Not a Terrorist But I have Played One on TV evolved into a Showtime special and, beginning August 21, will be available on Netflix. Several Maz comedy, film and TED appearances are listed in the “Best of Netflix Maz Jobrani” category.
FYI, fans know that the title I’m Not a Terrorist But I have Played one on TV has a Dallas connection – it comes from Maz’s role on Walker, Texas Ranger, filmed right here in Big D.
The subtitle of his book is Memoirs of a Middle East Funny Man. But, as fans also know, while born in Tehran, he came to the U.S. as a 6-year old and the “Middle East Funny Man” was raised in the San Francisco area and got a BA in political science and Italian at UC Berkeley.
JUST ANOTHER DAY IN DYSTOPIA?
Watergate was heating up; Vietnam was winding down. Other things were going nuts.
Our August 23 Council speaker Jeffrey Toobin has captured a frighteningly newsy part of the violent era in his non-fiction book American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst. The reviews are making Toobin’s Council appearances in Dallas and Fort Worth “don’t miss” events.
He got a sensational notice from The Washington Post in an opinion column by best-selling author Gary Krist who wrote that the “subtitle is no exaggeration: The ‘wild saga’ that began with Hearst’s kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) on Feb. 4, 1974, would strain credibility in anybody’s novel. But somehow, in the context of real-life California in the big bad ’70s, it was just another day in dystopia.”
Krist is no stranger to stories of history-making odd behavior. His 2014 book Empire of Sin is the story of New Orleans’ culture war “for primacy in a wild and wicked city unlike any other in the world.”