Allah To Put Up With


by James Killough

What set me off yesterday was driving to lunch in Weho with my friend Louise Ward.  No, it wasn’t the fact that I knew Louise had scheduled lunch at the café in department boutique Fred Seagal’s just so she could get some shopping in as well as seeing me.  I have long since let any irritation over Louise’s ADHD give way to admiration and even a little envy that I don’t have it myself.  The cause of my tutting was yet another program on NPR, this one about the Arab Spring, which has now officially given over into some sort of Arab Scorched-Earth Summer.

Caro & Jeunet's "City of Lost Children" captures a type of Steampunk style, which uses anachronistic technology of the kind the Victorians might have envisioned as the future.

At a certain point over pasta primavera, Louise mentioned how there was a scandal about a certain someone saying something un-PC about Muslims.  “Oh, fuck that,” I blurted.  “The Muslim world is like a Steampunk version of the Middle Ages with modern technology.  Say whatever you want about them.  I’ve had enough.”