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  • A strong aftershock struck near the Haitian capital on Wednesday morning, shaking buildings and spreading terror through the thousands of survivors who have been living outdoors since last week’s devastating earthquake.
26 Dec 09

Among the many duties we assume are these: To expose politicians who misrepresent history. To point out bogus analogies. To deflate beguiling myths. To remind Americans of the irony of history. To put events in context. To remind us all of the complexity of history.
Because we believe history is complicated our pages are open to people of all political persuasions. Left, right, center: all are welcome.

  • Christians tell stories about the poor baby Jesus born in a lowly manger because there was no room in the inn.
  • Rev. C. Thomas Anderson, senior pastor of the Living Word Bible Church in Mesa, Arizona, preaches a version of the Christmas story that says baby Jesus wasn't so poor after all.
  • Jesus couldn't have been poor because he received lucrative gifts -- gold, frankincense and myrrh -- at birth. Jesus had to be wealthy because the Roman soldiers who crucified him gambled for his expensive undergarments.

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  • The damage of taking diplomats for granted was done a long time ago but it did not seem to matter so long as the United States remained rich and powerful. Those days now seem to be gone and we are having to redouble efforts to understand the means of diplomacy, and the minds and methods of diplomats.
  • The damage of taking diplomats for granted was done a long time ago but it did not seem to matter so long as the United States remained rich and powerful. Those days now seem to be gone and we are having to redouble efforts to understand the means of diplomacy, and the minds and methods of diplomats.
  • The damage of taking diplomats for granted was done a long time ago but it did not seem to matter so long as the United States remained rich and powerful. Those days now seem to be gone and we are having to redouble efforts to understand the means of diplomacy, and the minds and methods of diplomats.

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  • As John Calhoun put it, “the criminal jurisdiction of a nation is limited to its own dominions and to vessels under its flag… it cannot extend it to acts committed under the dominion of another without violating its sovereignty and independence.”
  • In 1844, when Calhoun wrote those words, the United States was still a weak nation, eager to avoid entanglements with European powers.
  • Today, the United States is a superpower. We extend our law beyond our borders because we have global interests. And, to a large degree, we do so simply because we can.

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22 Dec 09

Founded in Paris by Harold L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen, and George Plimpton in 1953, The Paris Review began with a simple editorial mission: “Dear reader,” William Styron wrote in a letter in the inaugural issue, “The Paris Review hopes to emphasize creative work—fiction and poetry—not to the exclusion of criticism, but with the aim in mind of merely removing criticism from the dominating place it holds in most literary magazines and putting it pretty much where it belongs, i.e., somewhere near the back of the book. I think The Paris Review should welcome these people into its pages: the good writers and good poets, the non-drumbeaters and non-axe-grinders. So long as they're good.”

22 Dec 09

Granta magazine was founded in 1889 by students at Cambridge University as The Granta, a periodical of student politics, student badinage and student literary enterprise, named after the river that runs through the town. In this original incarnation it had a long and distinguished history, publishing the early work of many writers who later became well known, including A. A. Milne, Michael Frayn, Stevie Smith, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. During the 1970s, it ran into trouble – dwindling money, mounting apathy – from which it was rescued by a small group of postgraduates who successfully and surprisingly relaunched it as a magazine of new writing, with both writers and their audience drawn from the world beyond Cambridge.

  • There is too much nuance and variety to make such sharp distinctions as theirs-and-ours, them-and-us. And neither I nor anyone can presume to speak for “us.” But I will pretend it is possible.
  • June 11 issue of the New York Review of Books
  • “How to Deal With the Crisis”

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18 Dec 09

Boston Review is a nonpartisan magazine of ideas: animated by hope, committed to equality and reason, convinced that the imagination eludes political categories. We see each issue as a public space where people can loosen the hold of conventional preconce

08 Jun 07

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07 Jun 07

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