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Avraham Burg: A 'Controlled Opposition?'

In the course of reading the introduction to Avraham Burg’s The Holocaust Is Over: We Must Rise From Its Ashes, I had the same reservations Raymond Deane describes in the … Continue reading

24 February, 2009 · 1 Comment

Work, interrupted: the fragmentation of our attention

A culture of attention deficiency and distraction? An interesting recent discussion on Late Night Live (Radio National, Australia) about how many digital technologies are contributing not only to greater distraction … Continue reading

13 July, 2008 · 10 Comments

Picks of 2007: William Dalrymple on East and West

Though choosing and upholding a single piece from all of last year would be too difficult from such a fertile field of good writing, I recently revisited this short article … Continue reading

18 January, 2008 · 6 Comments

A glass half full: small but significant victories

Celebrating two significant recent victories for justice. 1. Anthropologist Professor Abu El-Haj Granted Tenure At Columbia Congratulations to Barnard’s Nadia Abu El-Haj for duly being awarded academic tenure. For this … Continue reading

3 November, 2007 · Leave a comment

Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

"The only war that matters is the war against the imagination. All others are subsumed by it."
-- Diane DiPrima, "Rant", from Pieces of a Song.

"It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there"
-- William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"