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In the Low Countries, 4: Postscript— Delft

2017.07.06

(I wrote this shortly after our return from the Netherlands at the end of May, 2017) Last night we finally saw Peter Webber’s glorious film The Girl with the Pearl Earring (2003) — after reading Tracy Chevalier’s novel, which I reviewed in 2001, seeing the original painting in  Den Haag, and then visiting Delft, where … read more »

In the Low Countries, 3: Art in context

2017.06.23

One of the benefits of our journey was seeing famous and familiar art works in contexts that made them new and required a fresh interpretation. Seeing reproductions in books and the Internet or, if we’re lucky, the originals in a museum can be no more than a start to understanding it. Being there, in the … read more »

In the Low Countries, 2: Language, art and history

2017.06.08

What intrigued me most about the Low Countries were their languages and art, keys to understanding their complex cultures and their roles, passive and active, in clashes that have transformed the world. The decades of wars in the 16th-18th centuries involving Spain, France and Austria, each with their local Nederlander allies, the defeat of Napoleon … read more »

In the Low Countries: Belgium

2017.05.31

The main aim and greatest satisfaction — besides beer and chocolates — of our recent visit to Belgium and The Netherlands was place sensing, which is much more than “site seeing.” Place sensing means taking in the smells, from rancid frites to flowers, fish and sea brine; the sounds of gutturals and oddly twisting vowels … read more »

Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”

2018.01.01

Let us go and make our visit. This last year has been one of many visits, as well as books read, plays and movies seen, friends and family embraced. We began with a return to Susana’s homeland, Argentina, terribly hot in January. There we met and feasted with her cousins in Puan— her birthplace, a … read more »

How to save Europe

2018.04.07 - Tags:

Chronicles: On Our Troubled Times by Thomas Piketty My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a translation of monthly articles written between 2008 and 2015 for Libération, devoted almost entirely to the crises before the European Union and Piketty’s proposals of how to confront them. Though written before Trump, Brexit or the Catalonian secession … read more »

Voyage to Bolivia

2017.03.28

Susana Torre has permitted me to post these excerpts from her report on our January trip to Bolivia. We are still assimilating the disparate experiences of our Bolivian sojourn, as it is really 3 countries (geographically and culturally) with over 40% of the population being of 36 officially recognized indigenous groups, the Aymara and the … read more »

Altermodern times

2015.10.03

Commonwealth by Michael Hardt My rating: 3 of 5 stars Stimulating because of the questions it raises, not because of the answers for which we shall have to continue to grope. Or perhaps there are no answers to what is becoming of this world, where nation, state, class have become so diffuse that they seem … read more »

Fiction Readings J-Z

2015.08.16

Little Library of the Lair Fiction Readings J-Z Fiction Readings A-H By author, J-Z Jackson, Jon A. Hit on the House Jing Wang, ed. China’s Avant-Garde Fiction Jones, Edward P. The Known World Kadare, Ismail. The Siege Kay, Guy Gavriel. Sailing to Sarantium Kessel, Joseph. Makhno et sa juive Khoury, Elias. The Gate of the … read more »

Fiction Readings A-H

2015.08.16

Little Library of the Lair Fiction Readings A-H Fiction Readings J-Z Herein a log of some of my efforts to understand how writing works and how to make it work. I call this section “fiction,” but in fact I have begun to doubt that there is any such thing as “nonfiction.” These are works of … read more »

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