The establishment strikes back – for now

If, as Bruno Maçães suggests in The story began, American culture became a Hollywood plot, and then we reached this place in history when the cattle baron burns down the shacks of unwanted settlers and the Death Star destroys the rebel planet. After defeating Donald Trump and stumbling upon new …

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“ The Lives of Others ”: Late Praise

Citizens of East and West Germany celebrate by climbing the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate after the announcement of the opening of the East German border in Berlin on November 9, 1989. (Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters) Continuing in the spirit of weighing things late, I would like to join …

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a study of the sea in Irish literature

For James Joyce, it was “the snot sea, the sea which constricts the scrotum”. For others, it’s the great brackish depth, or Davy Jones’ trap. In Greek, it is the thalassa from which the study of the seas derives: thalassography. Joyce envisioned writing a novel about the sea when she …

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