Wednesday, July 20, 2005
My Son, The Fanatic
Also in Slate, June Thomas writes about a 1997 movie that seems eerily prescient in the wake of the London bombings, Udayan Prasad's My Son the Fanatic.nyc bloggers map
Farid confronts his father about his relationship with Bettina, asking, "Why are you so interested in dirty whores?" Parvez snaps, striking Farid in anger, until his son screams, "So who's the fanatic now?"
Kureishi's short story ends on those words, but in the movie, Farid leaves home, stalking off with suitcases in hand and an overstuffed backpack on his shoulders. It's an image that is all the more haunting after the events of July 7.