Since I will not be able to get around to doing a proper write-up of last week's ALOUD talk with Ishmael Beah, I figured the next best thing might be to link to an audio of his talk. Because I am on dial-up, I keep forgetting that KCET archives some of the Central Library talks. Alas, they don't have his talk up yet. But they do have this one of the Nov. 2005 appearance by Octavia Butler! (Warning...link takes you directly to an mp3.) If you click on this link you can access a big archive of talks from Aloud, RedCat, Hammer and the Skirball. They don't put everything up, but lotsa goodness can be found - DJ Spooky, George Saunders, Robert Thurman...all sorts of stuff. Check it out, and check back there down the road to see if Beah is added.
I will say this about Beah's talk, which was fab despite the interviewer's habit of running her mouth too much. The very first question during the q/a came from a white woman who started by needing to compliment him on his maturity, composure and how the way he comported himself at the event "wasn't what I was expecting this evening." She took a breath, I'm thinking if the next "compliment" out of this idiot's mouth is to to tell this young black man how clean and articulate he is I'm going to stand up, scream and throw my Franklin Covey at her, and the next thing she said was "but I haven't read your book."
My buddy, who was digging his elbow into my ribs during this woman's prelude of praise, had the best line about her! I'd steal it and post it here, but perhaps it's best if I refrain.