Still no DVD release date for The Business of Fancydancing (although there is a showing in Minneapolis, at Birch Bark Books, coming up in April -- don't worry, I'll have forgotten it by then, too), but Sherman Alexie does have an essay at TheStranger.com, Relevant Contradictions, In defense of humor, irony, satire, and a Native American perspective on the coming war on Iraq:
George W. is the leader of the free world, but he doesn't hold press conferences unless the questions are limited in number and delivered to him in advance. Ha, ha, ha, ha! The White House emphatically states that George W. personally writes many of his speeches. Ha, ha, ha, ha! The United States and the so-called "axis of evil," Iran, Iraq, and North Korea, are four of the leading practitioners of capital punishment in the world, while France and Germany, our greatest obstacles in the war against Iraq, abolished capital punishment in 1981 and 1949, respectively. Ha, ha, ha, ha! The United States is the only country that has used the ultimate weapon of mass destruction and wants to build more of the same! Ha, ha, ha, ha! The United States is the freedom-loving country where Americans fought each other over the right to own slaves! Ha, ha, ha, ha! The United States is the democratic country that didn't allow women to vote until 1920! Ha, ha, ha, ha! The United States is the moral country that accepted Jim Crow laws until 1964. Ha, ha, ha, ha!
There are some serious bits, too, including a mention of Gulf War Syndrome and the general refusal to discuss same in polite company. And there's a link to an essay by Neal Pollack, imaginately and provocatively titled "Just Shut Up," if you like that sort of thing.
I don't, but I try to keep in mind that not everyone shares my tastes.
Which is why Daredevil is on a gazillion screens at the local multiplex, while I'll be lucky to catch Business of Fancydancing at a bookstore. . .