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Sorry, Kashmir Is Happy

9791.kashmir-1Manu Joseph makes the case that "a historically wounded people are ready to move on," in Open:

Trauma in Kashmir is like a heritage building—the elite fight to preserve it. ‘Don’t forget,’ is their predominant message, ‘Don’t forget to be traumatised.’ They want the wound of...

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The Force of the Anomaly

GinzburgPerry Anderson on Carlo Ginzburg's Threads and Traces: True False Fictive, in the LRB:

Carlo Ginzburg became famous as a historian for extraordinary discoveries about popular belief, and what was taken by its persecutors to be witchcraft, in the early modern period. The Night Battles and The...

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Maria Bustillos reviews Tom Bissell's Magic Hours:

TOM BISSELL IS A MASTER of the confessional, and in his new essay collection, Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation, he has taken Harrison's advice to heart. I first became aware of Bissell's work with "Video games: the addiction," an...

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I.B. Singer, the Last Demon

Ibsinger_041712_620px38Adam Kirsch in Tablet Magazine:

For American Jews, one legacy of the Holocaust is a sense of guilty nostalgia toward the life of our ancestors in Eastern Europe. The nostalgia is natural enough—it is the idealization of an unknown past that is common among American immigrant groups, as Irish...

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A Quest to Define Hawaii

Theroux-Hawaii-islands-631Paul Theroux in the Simthsonian:

Hawaii seems a robust archipelago, a paradise pinned like a bouquet to the middle of the Pacific, fragrant, sniffable and easy of access. But in 50 years of traveling the world, I have found the inner life of these islands to be difficult to penetrate, partly...

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When Manmohan Singh comes to Islamabad

Pervez Hoodbhoy in The Express Tribune:

ScreenHunter_04 Apr. 22 20.26...what should the two sides talk about? Surely, there are many issues but here are the top five on which progress is both necessary and, more importantly, possible.

First, let both countries agree to immediately vacate the killing ice fields of...

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Monet's Ultraviolet Eye

Carl Zimmer in Download the Universe:

ScreenHunter_03 Apr. 22 14.21Late in his life, Claude Monet developed cataracts. As his lenses degraded, they blocked parts of the visible spectrum, and the colors he perceived grew muddy. Monet's cataracts left him struggling to paint; he complained to friends that he felt as if he...

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Sunday Poem


The pebble
is a perfect creature

equal to itself
mindful of its limits

filled exactly
with a pebbly meaning

with a scent that does not remind one of anything
does not frighten anything away does not arouse desire

its ardour and coldness

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THE 2012 TIME 100: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Angelina Jolie in Time:

ObaidPakistan's first Oscar belongs to a monumental campaign that is changing the legal, social and political fate of survivors of acid-related violence. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's documentary Saving Face brought Pakistan's acid-violence problem to the world stage. Today she is...

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The Many Sides Of Hillary Clinton

From Huffington Post:

HILLARY-largeWe came across Sarah Ferguson's "Hillary & I" series a while back, and marveled at the coy and arresting paintings of the Secretary of State. We just never thought of Hillary in that way before. But after "Texts from Hillary" we began to seriously consider the...

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