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Friday, March 22, 2019

Iris Zaki, Natural Born Settlers, 2019

Iris Zaki
(source: Moment)
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Natural Born Settlers is part of a series by independent filmmakers supported by the Pulitzer Center.






(Israeli Movies)

Monday, March 18, 2019

Elizabeth Siddall

Elizabeth Siddall, Lady Clare
watercolor on paper, private collection
(source: wiki)
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Oscar Wilde was, as always, correct when he wrote that life imitates art far more than art imitates life. If you doubt him, look no further than the short, unhappy career of Elizabeth Eleanor Siddall, the woman who was at different times a muse, a leading light, and a sacrificial lamb of the Pre-Raphaelites (Artsy)





(Old Masters)

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Londres: Ciudad inmensa y triste (Vargas Llosa)

Llosa in 1976
(fuente: Films Media Group)
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El Londres de aquellos días era muy diferente de París, donde había vivido los siete años anteriores (fuente: El País)






(Mario Vargas Llosa)

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The Gifts of Van Gogh

Still Life With a Plate of Onions (1889)
 Kröller-Müller Museum
(source: NY Times)
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To many, his gift was his suffering.
But if you like pictures, his real gift was not that. 
He knew how to infuse paintings with life 


Impasse des deux frères, 1887
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
(source: NY Times)
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Café Terrace on the Place du Forum, 1888
Dallas Museum of Art
(source: NY Times)
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Tarascon Stagecoach, 1888
Princeton University Art Museum / The Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation
(source: NY Times)
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(Van Gogh)

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Lawrence Ferlinghetti turns 100

a City Lights pilgrimage
(source: Jason Henry for NY Times)
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On March 24 Lawrence Ferlinghetti turns 100. Naturally, it will be a celebration, too, of City Lights, the bookstore he co-founded in 1953, a place so dense with serious world literature of every stripe, and so absent trinkets and elaborate bookmarks and candles and other foofaraw, that it’s a Platonic ideal (NY Times.) And also, naturally, it will be a celebration of San Francisco, this place with endless street movies passing in cars and trams of desire (NY Times.)

And names like Ginsberg and Kerouac will naturally come to mind.

Jack Kerouac Alley
(source: Jason Henry for NY Times)
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(Lawrence Ferlinghetti)

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Die Stadt ohne Juden, 1924

Die Stadt ohne Juden, 1924
(image source: Hyperallergic)
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(Hans Moser)

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Tim Wu: Antitrust Returns to American Politics

Tim Wu
(source: Wiki)
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Antitrust law is not an instrument of socialism or of unfettered capitalism; it seeks to protect markets from abuse by their participants, says Tim Wu in an article published in today's NY Times. I should offer more room in this blog for Tim Wu's books and articles. He is a great authority in monopoly vs. technology issues.






And another article by Tim Wu, The Democrats' Complexity Problem (at least its head image looks great :), but anyway, it deserves a reading: the author is, as always, crystal clear and very sharp):







(Zoon Politikon)

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Friday, March 08, 2019

Prima de parlar, tasi (łéngoa vèneta)

(fonte: fotocommunity-de)
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Prima de parlar, tasi: questo meraviglioso proverbio viene da Venezia ed è in łéngoa vèneta.

Ho anche trovato una spiegazione: il modo in cui i veneziani sono riusciti a implementare questo in modo efficace e pratico è quello di tenere le loro bocche occupate in modo più edificante, cioè il consumo di cicchetti y ombre (fonte: smilingeggplant)

Gli spagnoli hanno un equivalente più duro e certamente più rivelatore: en boca cerrada no entran moscas.



(Una Vita Tra I Libri)

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Germany's New Political Divide

Listening to classical music in a park in Leipzig
(photo: Mustafah Abdulaziz for NY Times)
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... That all changed in the 21st century. The new divide is between two groups that the British author David Goodheart terms “anywheres” and “somewheres.” The anywheres are the highly educated, urban and socially liberal; the somewheres live in the countryside, have a lower level of education and hold more traditional notions of family and society ...

An article from today's NY Times analysing the growth of ecologists (the Greens) and Free-Democrats (both viewed as anywheres, while distinct each other - the Greens are primarily ecologists, and the Free-Democrats are primarily pro-business - but both share the same values when it comes to cultural issues, like gen politics, immigration, etc). For the author of this article, the traditional big parties failed to give effective responses to the challenges raised by the anywheres (which are after all the new generation, thus representing the icon of the future, like it or not). Well, I would say that it's food for thought. It remains to see whether the future landscape in Germany would be Greens against Free-Democrats (both very open, but remaining strongly on dispute over nature vs technology/business). After all, Free-Democrats, as well as the Greens, are not newcomers in the German politics and had in their pretty long history various ups and downs.






(Zoon Politikon)

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Today's NY Times: an Incisive Analysis Made by Sheryl Gay Stolberg

Sheryl Gay Stolberg
(source: prabook)
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg is a congressional correspondent; in more than two decades at The Times, she has been a science correspondent, national correspondent, political features reporter and White House correspondent; previously, at The Los Angeles Times, she shared in two Pulitzer Prizes won by that newspaper’s Metro staff (source: NY Times)






Let me add here two links and a video, related to to the topic presented above:







(Zoon Politikon)