The dream of an apocalypticist

Friday, 31 July, 2009

In a footnote to his latest book, Timothy Garton Ash distances himself from the term "Enlightenment fundamentalism", which he had used in reference to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. John Gray picked up on the ammendment immediately and took him to task in The New Statesman. Perlentaucher editor Thierry Chervel is baffled by Gray's twisted pessimism.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 28 July, 2009

TeaserPicNicholson Baker tests the Kindle for the New Yorker. In Polityka, the physicist Janusz Ostrowski describes his experience of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising as a fireman. Prospect reports on a media revolution that has seized Pakistan. The Economist reads the devastating UN report on the Arab world. L'Espresso reports on the consequences of a wrongly translated letter from the Pope to the underground Christians in China. In the New York Review of Books, Michael Messing thanks the bloggers for ushering in a new journalistic era.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 21 July, 2009

TeaserPicIn Poets & Writers, publisher Jonathan Galassi has a positive take on the digital future of books. The TLS will miss their smell. In the Gazeta Wyborcza, Leszek Kolakowski reveals the truth that he would die for. In The New Statesman, John Gray wants to see the term "Englightenment fundamentalist" reinstated. In Le Journal du Dimanche, BHL tells the French Socialist Party to throw in the towel. The New Yorker is counting calories to the next tax. In the Spectator, Iason Athanasiadis asks why the Iranians are so scared of the English. Foreign Policy sees a silver lining to the credit crisis: it should kill off machismo.
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"I wanted to fly away"

Monday 20 July, 2009

Alham Abrahimnejad is a women's rights activist who fled Iran two years ago and now lives in Berlin. She talks to Waltraud Schwab about her fear of being sent back home, the soul of the Iranian protest and her lack of freedom in Germany.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 14 July, 2009

TeaserPicThe TLS discovers how Sartre and de Beauvoir each got their hands on a Lanzmann pet. Le Monde remembers Europe's first terrorist to target a crowd at random. In the New Statesman, historian A.N. Wilson can no longer find any reasons to keep the monarchy. Al Ahram comments on the German reactions to the murder of Marwa al-Sherbini. In Le Point, Bernard-Henry Levi remembers the brutal killing of Ilan Halimi in Paris. NZZ Folio discovers a continent of garbage and a citrus-sweet-bitter chord to party in.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 7 July, 2009

TeaserPicIn MicroMega, Italian intellectuals protest against a new law that makes criminals of illegal immigrants. In Al Ahram, literature professor Hamid Dabashi explains that it's not the demonstrators, but Ahmedinejad's followers who are middle-class. In Observator Cultural, Leo Butnaru names the foreign dignitaries who flock to Moldova to be decorated. In Dawn, Arundhati Roy expresses her doubts about democracy. Standpoint discusses Oswald Mosley, who did the same.
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Israel's enemies take no prisoners

Tuesday 7 July, 2009

TeaserPicThe Israeli Defence Forces should be judged by different standards than those used for other armies, says Claude Lanzmann. Fifteen years after the release of "Tsahal", his controversial film about the first Jewish army, the French director talks to Max Dax about the logic of war, the value of Jewish lives and Sharon as shepherd.
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