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Army of Eun

Essays_northkorea_book-cover-174x258M. Francis Wolff reviews Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son, in The New Inquiry:





Adam Johnson’s latest novel, The Orphan Master’s Son, is one of those rare works of high ambition that follow through on all of its promises. Set in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, it...

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After The Event

Perry-andersonPerry Anderson responds to critics of his The New Old World in New Left Review:





Most of the literature on the EU, as noted in [The New Old World's] foreword, is highly technical, enjoying little currency among non-specialists; in addition much of it is so ideologically uniform as to stifle,...

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Europe Invents the Gypsies: The Dark Side of Modernity

Bogdal_468wKlaus-Michael Bogdal in Eurozine:





Is Europe anything more than the remnants of a grand political delusion? Is there a cultural bond that unites the nations and peoples of this fragmented continent? From Max Weber to Norbert Elias, the greats of European intellectual history have described and...

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Syrian Notebooks

قسم_متظاهري_إدلب_جمعة_متظاهري_حماة_(Idlib_protesters)Jonathan Littell in the LRB (image from wikimedia commons):

A large banner proclaimed the demonstrators’ allegiance to the Syrian National Council: ‘No! To imaginary opposition, fabrications of Assad’s gangs. The SNC unites us, factions divide us.’ All around, mountains of rubbish...

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The $100bn Facebook question: Will capitalism survive 'value abundance'?

Michael Bauwens in Al Jazeera:

ScreenHunter_02 Mar. 04 16.24Does Facebook exploit its users? And where is the $100bn in the company's estimated value coming from?

This is not a new debate. It resurfaces regularly in the blogosphere and academic circles, ever since Tiziana Terranova coined the term "Free Labour" to...

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Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy?


 
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The Left and the People: Extending Hamid Dabashi's Critique

Vijay Prashad in Jadaliyya:

ScreenHunter_01 Mar. 04 15.55“The overall anti-imperialist sentiment remains strong among the Syrian population and the attempts by parts of the Left to smear the entire uprising as a stand-in for imperialism belies a Manichean worldview that badly misunderstands the country’s history. I...

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55th World Press Photo Winners

From lensculture:

Worldpress2012_1The international jury of the 55th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected a picture by Samuel Aranda from Spain as the World Press Photo of the Year 2011. The picture shows a woman holding a wounded relative in her arms, inside a mosque used as a field hospital by...

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Those Fabulous Confabs

From New York Magazine:

Ted120305_4_560Of all the gatherings, it’s TED, which might as well be the official event of digitization, that has acquired an outsize cultural footprint. Giving a talk at TED, the technology journalist Steven Levy has written, is �a rite of passage for an Internet-age...

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Sunday Poem

Late


Late have I called &
late my
beloved
was blessing me

I was covering
my breasts with my arms

............. "Those doves"
.............  you said

In the sun ............ I took my arms away


by Jean Valentine
from

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