Friday, February 25, 2005

In 1998, a book (Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-glass World by Eduardo Gateano) was published by Picador in New York. It contains this passage (p. 121): "In mid-1998, the White House put another villain up on the global marquee. He uses the stage name of Osama bin Laden; he's an Islamic fundamentalist, sports a beard, wears a turban, and caresses a rifle in his lap. Will this new star's career take off? Will he be a box-office hit? Will he manage to undermine the foundations of Western civilization or will he only play a supporting role? In horror movies, you never know." (Thanks Ru'yah for brining this to my attention).