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Madescent Malta

Madescent Malta

Malta is not so much an island as it is the top of a mountain...

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A little cinnamon with it

A little cinnamon with it

Vaclav Havel’s Leaving, performed at The Wilma Theatre, Philadephlia, 2010 From World Affairs: No matter how moral, humble, and immune to the temptations of power you are, once you’ve had it, it’s impossible to ever be free of it. It comes to define you as much in its absence...

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“Sicilian is like English: sharp, short, the less said the better”

“Sicilian is like English: sharp, short, the less said the better”

From Deutsche Welle: Deutsche Welle: “There’s Nothing Wrong with Lucy” is based on the true story of a man you defended, who was accused of sexually abusing one of his daughters… I wonder if your career as a lawyer, which has always been in your second language, made it...

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With sources like these

With sources like these

From Sign and Sight: When “The Coming Insurrection” (here in English) was published anonymously in France the state authorities came down hard on its presumed authors. Based on the theories of the Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt, the manifesto calls for political violence and fulminates against democracy and the rule...

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Pankaj Mishra on Mao and the Maoists

Pankaj Mishra on Mao and the Maoists

From The New Yorker: Just five years after his death, the C.C.P. officially blamed the “mistaken leadership of Mao Zedong” for the “serious disaster and turmoil” of the Cultural Revolution, and the garishly consumerist and inegalitarian China of today seems to mock Mao’s fantasies of a Communist paradise. Nevertheless,...

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‘Les Halles was more central to the idea of Paris in the minds of its own citizens than any tower or monument could ever be’

‘Les Halles was more central to the idea of Paris in the minds of its own citizens than any tower or monument could ever be’

In Search of Lost Paris | by  Luc Sante

The New York Review of Books

It was often called the “soul” of Paris as well as its “stomach,” and it was destroyed impersonally...

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‘The foreigners were gone, at last…’

‘The foreigners were gone, at last…’

From The New Statesman: As the rain sheeted down, time washed away. I looked down from the rooftop in Saigon where, more than a generation ago, in the wake of the longest war of modern times, I had watched silent, sullen streets awash. The foreigners were gone, at last....

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Very comfortable in its excess

Very comfortable in its excess

From Washington Monthly: The furniture is, in reality, all very cheap, Yang confides. He bought it from a relative who is in the furniture resale business. Though it may seem a tad gaudy to Western sensibilities, it feels very comfortable to him in its excess. When I and another...

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