Our political mise en scène has metamorphosed of late into a dark carnival, … confusing and ominous from any vantage point.
The last meal is a curious staple of modern executions, not least because it involves, in the words of one death-row inmate, “putting gas in a car that don’t have no motor.” At Lapham’s Quarterly, an essay on the ritual’s history, one that includes mention of famous last meals like terminally ill French President Francois Mitterrand’s final dinner of “Marennes oysters, foie gras, and two ortolan songbirds.”
A certain G Fodor Gábor, the strategic director of the Századvég (Century’s End) Foundation … suggests that [László Krasznahorkai] should shoot himself in the head.
The only employee of Goldman Sachs to go to jail in the aftermath of the financial crisis was the employee Goldman Sachs wanted sent to jail, for taking something from Goldman Sachs.
The Irish are notoriously cynical, but the Utopia myth hit at exactly the moment when we were most open to unquestioning belief. The majority of Irish people were so desperately poor, for most of the country’s history, that when suddenly we weren’t broke any longer, the cynicism was washed away by the flood of prosperity. We needed to believe that the Celtic Tiger hadn’t simply wandered in, because that would mean it could wander out again.
The war was everywhere. Everyday life was totally changed. The war was not just at the frontlines.
[Carlos Fuentes] once turned down a teaching position at Columbia University in protest of American air attacks in Vietnam, writing that it would be ‘impossible to talk serenely about literature while American imperialists murder women and children.’