MOTIVATION for READING: My attempt to read books published in 2016 that might end up on the short list for the 2017 Rooster.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: The riots protesting the 1999 WTO conference in Seattle.
THREE words: Intense, intense, intense
Style: Yapa gives seven viewpoints to tell this happens-in-one-day story. It is a woven collection of passion and backgrounds, motivations and futility. It is very descriptive at times, almost to the point of trying too hard but it all works. The characters are fascinating, some more likable than others, some more believable maybe, but still captivating. As someone who is mainstream go-along-to-get-along in my safe suburban America, I get skewered here but I wanted to understand. Why didn’t the delegates just meet at the hotel?
FINAL THOUGHTS: The world is a hot mess. And I don’t know my proper place within it.
RATING: Five slices of pie.
“Because how deep the darkness of the heart which longs for control.”
The following is a bit of cinematic history, questioning why movies fail, how a few might actually be masterpieces, and yet it could also be that Americans just can’t handle the truth. Watching this reminded me of Yapa’s book and its themes so I present it here for you to reflect on as well.