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Two new books on the history of feminism emphasize global grassroots efforts and the influence of American women labor leaders on international agreements. j.mp/3l4VH6j
Tadeusz Borowski is perhaps our most important chronicler of Auschwitz. I am proud to have written a foreword to Madeline Levine’s superb translation of his stories. No one can read them and be unchanged. nybooks.com/daily/2021/09/…
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Tyler Stovall demonstrates the potent and noxious ways that people have conflated freedom with whiteness but pays too little attention to the force of freedom as a concept, writes David A. Bell j.mp/3yIfnkW
The classicist Milman Parry’s quest for the sources of Homeric epic led him in the 1930s to the Yugoslavian bards who sang in coffeehouses and bars much as he imagined Homer did. j.mp/3DAVQqt
Terrific essay by @fotoole in @nybooks on "The Lie of Nation Building" in Afghanistan and how it says more about our flawed democracy and government than theirs. nybooks.com/articles/2021/…
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Even tech optimists admit that human capacities are limited in comparison with the digital edifice we have built, with potentially grave implications for our health. Gavin Francis on three new books about what phones are doing to our brains and our lives j.mp/3BPO6PN
Uncommon to see such deep, thoughtful appreciation for a translator, and the late Frederika Randall is such a worthy one. Thanks to @gbrock for this review in @nybooks of her final two translations, including BUG by Giacomo Sartori. nybooks.com/articles/2021/…
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Fintan O’Toole: The US, which has never managed to consistently apply human rights and the rule of law to its own citizens, could not do so for Afghans either. j.mp/3A7tHVQ
“A typical writer seeks the exceptional in a concentration camp: the decent, the heroic, the patriotic, the revolutionary,” Timothy Snyder writes. “Borowski is more demanding… What is universal, he wants us to understand, is our capacity for degradation.” j.mp/3hnEvri
“I think activism has kept me sober. In the recovery movement, they say you have to have some so-called higher power in your life. My higher power is my politics.” Nan Goldin talks to Claudia Dreifus about art, direct action, and justice for opioid victims j.mp/3A78ifb
"Escape Plan #1" by Michael Richards, an artist who died on Sept 11, 2001, in his studio. Edwidge Danticat has a great piece on his art. nybooks.com/daily/2021/09/…
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Many thanks to @nybooks and my fellow Vermonter @drakemotel for this interview where I address puppets, priests, Bernie, and poetry nybooks.com/daily/2021/09/… via @nybooks
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The young artist Michael Richards was killed in the September 11, 2001 attack on the Twin Towers. Edwidge Danticat remembers him and his work, which, as Frederick Douglass wrote of spirituals, has “at once the highest joy and the deepest sadness.” j.mp/2XafNEe
On #September11th 2001, I watched as a plane flew into the North Tower. Five years later, in @nybooks, I examined how 2 films represented that day--and how #literature from the Greeks onward has dealt with historical trauma: #ClassicsTwitter nybooks.com/articles/2006/…
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Best rejection letter ever (written anonymously by Wisława Szymborska) via @nybooks
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At the Nuremberg tribunal, the victors in World War II would “stay the hand of vengeance,” said US Supreme Court justice Robert H. Jackson, and voluntarily submit their captured Nazis to “the judgment of the law.” But Stalin’s prosecutors had other ideas. j.mp/3mY9VZc
“His best characters are middle-aged… He finds such interest and texture in their unhappiness, gives such generous authorial attention to the has-beens and the never-panned-outs that it makes you look forward to being one.” Elaine Blair on Hemingway: nybooks.com/articles/2021/…
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Very interesting essay by @carolinefraser about changes in #truecrime genre. Now, writers are more interested in reclaiming narrative about #violenceAgainstWomen as #socialhistory rather than merely salacious stories. #nonfiction #sexualViolence @nybooks nybooks.com/articles/2021/…
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Does humanizing war contribute to its perpetuation? A fascinating exchange (based on Michael Ratner's life) between @samuelmoyn and @KenRoth (@hrw) in @nybooks nybooks.com/daily/2021/09/… @ICRC @newhumanitarian @DMiliband @LotteLeicht1 @theCCR @ReedBrody
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Reading a new posthumous collection of unfinished work by the poet John Ashbery, Ange Mlinko finds “a preponderance of the uncanny, a sense of spooky afterlife or alternate dimensions” j.mp/3mWRFiL
My essay in @nybooks on the continuing resonance of Maoism in contemporary China and beyond. "Mao’s Shadow" nybooks.com/articles/2020/… via @nybooks
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What exactly constitutes British art and design? What, if anything, renders it distinctive? And why should it now be allotted ten rooms in one of the world’s great museums? Linda Colley on the Met’s new approach j.mp/3zEU597
It's not enough just to oppose war. It's also important to oppose efforts to extend the "war" paradigm to what really should be a law-enforcement effort against terrorism. Treating it as war makes it easier to detain and kill people. I explain in @nybooks: nybooks.com/daily/2021/09/…
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I shared some insights with @Jon_Allsop for the @nybooks on the current state of the French far-right less than a year before the presidential election as well as the broader context of far-right politics in France. It is an excellent thorough article. nybooks.com/daily/2021/09/…
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Seven Centuries of Slander: Sara Lipton reviews two books about blood libel that offer insights into “the persistence of dangerous delusions” and how “a slight shift in political or social winds can send reason and fact toppling into a conspiratorial void” j.mp/3tmKmlP
I have a new piece in @nybooks on the iconic Kana Radević, heroine of Montenegro, and the history and politics of non-aligned utopian Yugoslav architecture nybooks.com/articles/2021/…
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My first essay/review for @nybooks on the fraught, complex relationship between human reproduction and the environment. Thank you to all the wonderful editors who worked on this so carefully and thoughtfully. nybooks.com/articles/2021/…
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For @nybooks, I wrote about the state of the Front/Rassemblement National less than a year out from the French presidential election, as Marine Le Pen hands off the party leadership to her 25-year-old protégé to focus on her campaign: nybooks.com/daily/2021/09/…
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“Great crusts of discourse—literary analysis, tabloid gossip, critical praise and dismissal, myth-making and deflation—have formed around Hemingway’s work and life,” Elaine Blair writes. “It’s hard to get outside of what you already know about Hemingway.” j.mp/3yEhOFh
Do you like clocks? @rooneyvision’s new book says they “wormed their way through societies,” “disciplined the masses,” and “became our overseers and landlords, our managers and supervisors.” I reviewed it for @nybooks. nybooks.com/articles/2021/…
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My piece for @nybooks on Bread and Puppet, as another Vermont summer fades with thanks to my favorite conspirator @janaprikryl for her brilliant editing and in memory of Elka Schumann nybooks.com/articles/2021/…
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A must-read book review by one of my fave authors, @annalouiesuss, that delves into thoughtful and discomforting arguments about human procreation as our world burns from the #ClimateChange crisis. nybooks.com/articles/2021/… via @nybooks
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My long @nybooks piece: "When the Sandinistas ruled #Nicaragua in the 1980s, Ortega was a familiar figure...Few could have imagined that he would degenerate into a hermit dictator [&] ultimately emerge as the most brutal ruler in his country’s history." bit.ly/3Bw8SDy
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On the anniversary of the passing of David Graeber a giant in our moral and intellectual landscape, here he is in full feather bit.ly/2WSWSxg
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In 1972 68% of Republicans thought abortion should be a private matter between a woman and her doctor. What happened? Read the brilliant @suehalpernVT in The New York Review of Books nybooks.com/articles/2018/…
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“National discussions of abortion usually focus on the Supreme Court,” Madeleine Schwartz wrote last year. “But for many Americans, Roe v. Wade might as well have been overturned already.” j.mp/3lp72wP
Samuel Moyn argues that the constitutional rights lawyer Michael Ratner was “caught between his ultimate hopes for an America beyond war and his practical actions to make American war humane—even at the cost of perpetuating it.” j.mp/3BuRGhN
If you're not in #Hurricane_Ida rn, it's a good time to read the important work of @andydhorowitz, the @Tulane historian whose research links today's social & ecological disasters to entrenched problems w/ US inequality, infrastructure, race, and policy. nybooks.com/articles/2020/…
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What is it about stories of polar expeditions gone wrong that exerts such a hold over the imagination? j.mp/3BUHxfh
In the new issue of @nybooks I've written about Sarah Moss's magnificent 'Summerwater', a novel that offers further proof that she's one of the most discerning chroniclers of contemporary British life nybooks.com/articles/2021/…
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Wow this is a must-read. Writer Sanora Babb's notes on destitute farmers displaced by the Oklahoma Dust Bowl were shared with John Steinbeck. He published The Grapes of Wrath to great acclaim; her novel Whose Names Are Unknown was unpublished. nybooks.com/articles/2021/… via @nybooks
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"It should alarm every American that even as Iranians were in Vienna negotiating the nuclear deal with the US, the regime’s agents were in NYC scheming to abduct Masih. If we treat Iran's offenses as mere infractions, we do so at our own peril." @nybooks nybooks.com/daily/2021/08/…
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Dear Writer Twitter: all the advice you'll ever need. You're welcome. nybooks.com/articles/2021/…
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A chilling and powerful piece by @RoyaTheWriter who reveals today that she too has been a target of #Iran's regime--with the FBI knocking on her door in Connecticut in August 2019 to alert her about intelligence it received. nybooks.com/daily/2021/08/…
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Great @nybooks article that indirectly wraps up much of what makes fast fashion so weird. When we say the work of manufacturing is worthless but the work of selecting is priceless, we end up swamped in hyper-curated garbage. nybooks.com/articles/2021/…
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Some Mongol loan words in Russian—an epic in five nouns: Den’gi (money) Tamozhnya (customs) Barysh (profit) Kabala (debt-bondage) Kandaly (fetters) From nybooks.com/articles/2021/…
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“‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers,” Emily Dickinson wrote. But is there hope for the hummingbird? j.mp/3laRVtA
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