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Wislawa Szymborska’s ‘Map: Collected and Last Poems’


Richard Lourie in the New York Times:

ScreenHunter_1162 Apr. 25 23.26The mass of men may “lead lives of ­quiet desperation,” as Thoreau wrote, but the Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012) did just the opposite: She lived a life of quiet amazement, reflected in poems that are both plain-spoken and luminous. Many...

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Has Narendra Modi cleaned up India?


James Crabtree in Prospect:

ScreenHunter_1161 Apr. 25 23.23Narendra Modi stood on the walls of New Delhi’s Red Fort on a blustery morning last August, a man at the height of his recently-acquired powers. It was his first Independence Day speech, and also the first given by an Indian Prime Minister born after the end of...

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Telemann / Overture-Suite in B-flat major "Les Nations"


Thanks to Farrukh Azfar for having introduced me to Telemann when we were both nineteen and also for sending me this earlier today.


The Revolution in Rojava


Meredith Tax in Dissent magazine image (Biji Kurdistan/Flickr):

While the Syrian opposition is understandably bitter that the YPG and YPJ withdrewmost of their energy from the war with Assad, leftists worldwide should be watching the remarkable efforts being made by Syrian Kurds and their...

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Karl Ove ­Knausgaard’s ‘My Struggle: Book 4’

26-COVER-sfSpanJeffrey Eugenides at The New York Times:

“The last time I was in New York,” Karl Ove Knausgaard wrote recently in The New York Times Magazine, in his account of traveling through the ­United States, “a well-known American writer invited me for lunch. . . . I tried desperately...

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