Culture and Resistance: Conversations with Edward W. Said
David Barsamian interviews Edward Said.
South End Press, 2003; 224 pages.
In his latest book of interviews, Edward W. Said discusses the centrality of popular resistance to his understanding of culture, history, and social change. He reveals his latest thoughts on the war on terrorism, the war in Afghanistan, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and lays out a compelling vision for a secular, democratic future in the Middle East-and globally.
Talking on the Al-Aqsa Intifada, Said proposes a radical solution that cuts through the current impasse with a promise of reconciliation and peace for both peoples. He addresses the origins of the Palestinian revolt, the collapse of the highly praised peace process, and whether the mainstream media in this country can be trusted to provide explanations. He also describes the ongoing campaign to prevent him from publicly addressing Middle East issues. Of the scandalous behavior of the Freud Society of Vienna, which canceled an invitation for him to speak, he says, "What they want is my silence, and as long as I'm alive, it's not going to happen."
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