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The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin’s Russia by Tim Tsouliadis

July 23, 2008 – 12:04 pm | 2 Comments
<em>The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin’s Russia</em> by Tim Tsouliadis

Readers of faint heart beware when embarking upon this superb work of history. So many stories of suffering are here collected, so utterly specific in their brutal details, a strong stomach will be required. Yet, it is worth the pain since one cannot emerge doubting: the epoch is surely one of history’s most vicious; and its revelation of the Twentieth Century’s brutality is dumbfounding.

O Beloved Kids: Rudyard Kipling’s Letters to his Children

July 17, 2008 – 11:32 am |
<em>O Beloved Kids: Rudyard Kipling’s Letters to his Children</em>

An Imperialist, a warmonger, blind to what was in front of him, the critics say. A Nobelist, a wordmonger, enshrined in Western memory, answer his supporters. All of these Kipling has been, but it is as a father, first and foremost, that he appears in O Beloved Kids.

A Boy’s View of a World War

July 15, 2008 – 10:56 am | 5 Comments
A Boy’s View of a World War

The three Libby’s men were the first American businessmen to receive Allied permits to travel to the Continent. They spent most of the summer there. My father kept a journal that was full of business data but also recorded tragic scenes, including the crowds of people walking down Dutch roads, coming back from forced labor in Germany, and the almost total desolation in Hamburg, where Allied bombing raids had killed perhaps fifty thousand people and a million others fled the city.

Being Kidnapped at Knifepoint Is Not Enough to Change David Lida’s Love for Mexico City

July 13, 2008 – 12:52 pm | 3 Comments
Being Kidnapped at Knifepoint Is Not Enough to Change David Lida’s Love for Mexico City

“But with neoliberal governments, an unjust distribution of wealth is becoming the norm. Even in wealthy countries, working people are earning lower salaries, fewer benefits and have less free time. Simply put, the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer; I wonder if the rest of the world isn’t coming around to Mexico City.”

Susskind Quashes Hawking in Quarrel Over Quantum Quandary

July 8, 2008 – 12:41 pm | 28 Comments
Susskind Quashes Hawking in Quarrel Over Quantum Quandary

“The next generation of physicists and cosmologists will have the fun and excitement of discovering the right mathematical formulation of a “multiverse.” Finding observational (astronomical?) ways to confirm that we live in such a diverse world is another challenge. Only the old fogies who thought that physics was almost finished are disappointed. The only thing that I would find discouraging would be that we run out of questions.”

Jill Bolte Taylor’s Right Brain Wants to Tell Us Something

July 2, 2008 – 12:25 pm | 3 Comments
Jill Bolte Taylor’s Right Brain Wants to Tell Us Something

“I had a rare congenital malformation in the blood vessels of my left hemisphere and at the age of 37 the malformation (AVM) blew and resulted in a major hemorrhage in the left half of my brain. On the morning of the stroke, I could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of my life. I describe myself as an infant in a woman’s body.”

Imag(in)ing America

July 1, 2008 – 2:18 pm |
Imag(in)ing America

The confrontation between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama was to the Italians the “political, intellectual, and moral equivalent of the first U.S. moon landing; and as a European I am stuck down here on earth watching the Yankee space ship make its landing way up there,” Valli wrote.

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