Jules et Jim, François Truffaut
Revelation of the day
“Some people put their bodies on the line for democracy. Some pick up weapons. And some put pen to paper. Writers who use their gifts to speak truth to power have a special place in the annals of literature. We revere them for their conscience and their courage. We’ll talk with some of the world’s most celebrated writerstalk with us about the literature of democracy.”
Short, but very pleasant interviews. Includes, among others, Mario Vargas Llosa on Trujillo, Vaclav Havel on art and politics, VS Naipaul on colonialism, and Christopher Hitchens on George Orwell.
Boys don’t cry
For ends and means on earth are so entangled
That changing one, you change the other too;
Each different path brings other ends in view.
BEST. BLOG. EVER. PERIOD.
Suburbs & suburbs filled with these monsters. Welcome to Belgium
Germany is awarding Vladimir Putin the Quadriga award, an award for freedom and democratic change. Yes, really. The announcement has, of course, received a lot of criticism and outrage for choosing to honor an ex-KGB spy with an iffy (if we’re going to be mild about it) human rights record. As Germany Human Rights Watch director Wenzel Michalski says, this prize is the opposite of accurate, as
During his presidency and beyond, Putin presided over an unmistakable reversal in civic freedoms in Russia.
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