“A literary agent recently told me the bane of her existence — first novels set in contemporary Berlin — were piling up on her desk. ‘It is,’ sighed the agent, ‘like Paris in the 1920s, but without the talent.’” “Or Prague in the 1990s, I suppose,” adds Michael Orthofer.
“Relativity is predicated on the notion that the speed of light is unsurpassable, and most of modern physics is predicated on relativity. So this morning’s announcement that a team of physicists at CERN may have measured tiny particles, known as neutrinos, travelling faster than light has the potential to eclipse all other news that ever has or may yet come out of CERN – Higgs particles,...
Yes to Palestinian statehood →
theeconomist: “We abhor the creeping delegitimisation and demonisation of Israel. But we also believe that the Palestinians deserve a state of their own. These two beliefs are entirely compatible. By his intransigence Mr Netanyahu has played into the hands of those who would destroy Israel. In blocking any Palestinian aspirations at the UN, America is helping extremists on both sides.”
“Suskind’s book often reads like Halberstam’s Best and the Brightest, with Summers and Geithner as McNamara and Bundy.” Frank Rich in an engaging but rather depressing talk with Adam Moss about the book of the moment.
What’s the French for “this sucker could go down”?– The euro zone is in intensive care. Echoes of 2008, when the global financial system wobbled and George Bush gave his pithy view of the American economy, now resound on the other side of the Atlantic.
From David Byrne’s journal entry on his working holiday in Venice: Here are some of my favorite quotes from our jury meetings. Maybe I will reveal the film and author of the quotes later. Maybe not. “It gives the point of view of the occupied, using the visual codes of the occupier.” “A film in a straightjacket.” “It is an autistic film.” “I liked his head shape in profile.” “It...
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