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Marshall McLuhan on Tools and History

We shape our tools, then our tools shape us.   Marshall McLuhan  

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Donald Barthelme on the Writer’s Task

The writer is one who, embarking upon a task, does not know what to do.   Donald Barthelme  

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The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin by Steven Lee Myers

Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2015 (572pp.$32.50) Vladimir Putin was born on October 7, 1952 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), a city still scarred and reeling from its long Nazi siege during which hundreds of thousands died…

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Theodor Adorno on the Relation Between Art and Ideology

The greatness of works of art lies solely in their power to let those things be heard which ideology conceals.   Theodor Adorno

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Robert Byron on the Problem of Nationalism 1937: Sound Familiar?

Somebody must trespass on the taboos of modern nationalism in the interests of human reason. Business can’t. Diplomacy won’t. It has to be people like us.   Robert Byron “The Road to Oxiana” (1937)  

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West of Eden: An American Place by Jean Stein

Stein, Jean. West of Eden: An American Place, Random House, New York, 2016 (334pp. $30)  Both a titanic boor and memorable vulgarian, Jack Warner Sr. nevertheless ran one of the most successful movie studies in Hollywood during its so-called “Golden Age.” His son, Jack Jr.,…

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The William T. Vollman Take on American Experience: Desire

My critique of America remains fundamentally incoherent…All I know is that although I live a freer life than many people, I want to be freer still. I’m sometimes positively dazzled with longing for a better way of being. What is it that I need?  …

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Remembering James Salter

There is something greater than the life of the cities, greater than money or possessions; there is a manhood that can never be taken away. For this, one gives everything James Salter:  “Solo Faces” Not at first, and not until you accept that you are…

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Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka by John Gimlette

Gimlette, John. Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2016 (339pp.illus, maps, $28.95) Master travel writer and London barrister John Gimlette’s journey to Sri Lanka began with a modest bus ride from his home in southwest London, where nearby he tell…

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The George Saunders Take on American Experience: Freedom

How can anyone be truly free in a country as violent and stupid as ours?   George Saunders “The Braindead Megaphone”  

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