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Vaclav Havel — A Remembrance

Filed under: Books | Heroes | Passings — by Will Kirkland 01/23/2012 @ 7:40:16 PM

Very good remembrance of Vaclav Havel by Paul Wilson, in NYRB, who was in Prague during his death and subsequent mourning:

All his life, Havel lived by the belief that if … [Keep reading >>]

“Night” by Elie Wiesel — Re-Reading

Filed under: Books — by Will Kirkland 01/21/2012 @ 4:49:45 PM
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I’ve been re-reading Eli Wiesel’s ground breaking, terrible, memoir, Night, this last week, along with a niece in 9th grade, who is reading it in her English class. My god! … [Keep reading >>]

The Fierce Urgency of Now….

Filed under: Books | Climate Change | Environment — by Will Kirkland 01/16/2012 @ 4:56:40 PM
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“Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is an opportunity to learn from his strategic thinking and mastery of rhetoric.

“Consider King’s powerful words about the civil rights struggle, which echo … [Keep reading >>]

Passage of Tears — A Novel from Djibouti

Filed under: Books — by Will Kirkland 01/9/2012 @ 4:55:24 PM
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A returning ex-pat, an espionage mission, a mysterious Islamist counter-intelligence figure locked away in Djibouti’s Devil’s Islands, a palimpsest of letters written to Walter Benjamin appearing through the notes a … [Keep reading >>]

Arizona and the Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords

Filed under: Books — by Will Kirkland 01/1/2012 @ 5:57:18 PM
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Tom Zoellner, formerly of the San Francisco Chronicle and the Arizona Republic, lives in Tucson and was a good friend of Gabrielle Giffords.  His new book,  A Safeway in Arizona: … [Keep reading >>]

In The Garden of Beasts — a Review

Filed under: Books | War — by Will Kirkland 12/29/2011 @ 4:18:32 PM
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All who have read about, and certainly those who experienced, World War II and Germany’s becoming the vicious murderer of its own people, the invader of bordering countries and a … [Keep reading >>]

Anarchist Theory and Occupy Wall Street

Filed under: Books | Economy — by Will Kirkland 12/11/2011 @ 8:49:51 PM
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The back page of this Sunday’s New York Times Book Review has a welcome few words about David Graeber:
The anthropologist David Graeber has a strong claim to being the house … [Keep reading >>]

Words Without Borders

Filed under: Books — by Will Kirkland 10/30/2011 @ 11:59:44 AM
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Words Without Borders, a magazine and publisher and website has had two months of literature from the Arab Spring.  Worth a look, for new authors and startling new themes….

July 2001: … [Keep reading >>]

The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

Filed under: Books | Climate Change — by Will Kirkland 10/27/2011 @ 6:42:36 PM
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Brian Fagan’s The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations contributes another fine book to the growing library of the history of climate change and human … [Keep reading >>]

Emirati Authors Featured in Banipal 42

Filed under: Books — by Will Kirkland 10/17/2011 @ 2:46:47 AM
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Banipal, a thrice yearly journal, in English, of Arabic literature, is featuring writers from the UAE in its current issues, 42.  Banipal is the must-read for non Arabic readers to … [Keep reading >>]

Götz and Meyer: A Serbian Tale of the Holocaust

Filed under: Art & Culture | Books — by Will Kirkland 10/14/2011 @ 9:12:22 AM
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David Albahari’s Götz and Meyer is simultaneously a story of horror and shame, and an amazing feat of language and imagination. The narrator, a Serbian Jew in present day Belgrade, … [Keep reading >>]

To End All Wars: Adam Hochschild

Filed under: Books — by Will Kirkland 09/24/2011 @ 9:10:19 PM
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If you’ve ever stood a picket line, leafleted about an unpopular cause, been arrested for civil disobedience, fought and lost against the powerful, if you have raged about the lives … [Keep reading >>]

Words for Acts

Perhaps an honest world will never exist. But what's to keep us from dreaming? If each one of us tries to change, maybe we'll succeed.

Rita Atria -- The Sicilian Rebel

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