A sidelong look at the 2008 games

Photo by carinasuyin.

New Yorker film critic Anthony Lane reports on the first week of the Beijing Olympics. The result is snidely wonderful:

“The world has given its love and trust to China, and today China will give the world a big warm hug,” one of the masters of ceremonies said. While admiring their faultless English, you had to wonder why they had chosen to learn it by watching “Barney’s Great Adventure.” How, in less than twenty years, does a place go from mowing down student dissent with tanks to offering unconditional hugs?