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June 19th, 2007 · No Comments

I came across two unrelated pieces of media today that share a common story: the unsettling activities occurring in the Sudan. The first is the Amnesty International / Yoko Ono project entitled “Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur,” a collection of John Lennon covers by contemporary artists, including REM, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lenny Kravitz and others. You can buy the double album from iTunes. From iTunes: “…Yoko Ono has teamed up with Amnesty International to ensure that the proceeds from all 34 tracks go to help end the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. It’s an important cause, and one of the best covers albums we’ve heard in a long time. And best of all, the iTunes version includes 11 songs that aren’t available on the physical CD.”

The second is a book published by McSweeneys and written by Dave Eggers called “What is the What.” From the publisher: “Separated from his family, Valentino Achak Deng becomes a refugee in war-ravaged southern Sudan. His travels bring him in contact with enemy soldiers, with liberation rebels, with hyenas and lions, with disease and starvation, and with deadly murahaleen (militias on horseback)—the same sort who currently terrorize Darfur. Based closely on actual experiences, What Is the What is heartrending and astonishing, filled with adventure, suspense, tragedy, and, finally, triumph.”The reviews are in, and it looks like a wonderful book. Also, McSweeneys is in a bit of pickle at the moment, the victim of some poor business decisions by one of its distributors, and so is holding a sale of all of their products. It’s a rare chance to grab some great stuff.

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