13 Martie 2017 2 comentarii
4 Februarie 2016 Lasă un comentariu
Kalamazoo by Josephine Livingstone
Every year, three thousand people gather in Kalamazoo for the sake of the years 400 to 1400 (approximately) of the Common Era. The International Congress on Medieval Studies, held annually at Western Michigan University, is the largest gathering of medievalists on earth. They come from all over the world to participate in panels like “Attack and Counterattack: The Embattled Frontiers of Medieval Iberia,” “Waste Studies: Excrement in the Middle Ages,” “Historical, Ethnical and Religious Roots of the Thraco-Geto-Dacians and Their Successors: Romanians and Vlaho-Romanians” and “J. K. Rowling’s Medievalism (I & II).” They are literary critics, historians, experts in numismatics and linguistic datasets, and nuns. There are over five hundred sessions: meetings and drinks parties and bookstalls; groups of monks dressed in black; bespectacled, serious, young men; elderly ladies in capped sleeves. Here is a ragtag bunch of human beings all on the same pilgrimage, playing a part in a story that they can’t read, because they’re in it.
4 Aprilie 2017 Lasă un comentariu
Preşedinţia se ocupă de proiectul de ţară.
Patriarhia se ocupă de proiectul de neam.
Iar clopotul se ocupă de naţiune. Când va bate, ne vom trezi…
Ca sa ma exprim extrem de incorect poltic. Observ ca proiectul de tara nu mai are sanse sa se nasca dar cu siguranta vom avea materializat proiectul Catedralei Neamului. Sau, te pomeneşti, ca, de fapt, Catedrala era proiectul de tara iar mega-clopotul va fi stema ?
28 Martie 2017 Lasă un comentariu
How Russia Recruited Ernest Hemingway By Nicholas Reynolds
One day in New York, in the winter of 1940-1941, a Soviet spy named Jacob Golos recruited Ernest Hemingway “for our work.” Golos was a colorful old Bolshevik, a lifelong revolutionary who had escaped from czarist banishment by walking from Siberia to China. Golos eventually settled on the lower east side of Manhattan, where he became one of the founders of the Communist Party of the USA and a linchpin for Soviet espionage on the east coast. On the day that he pitched Hemingway, he was acting on behalf of the NKVD, the predecessor of the KGB during the Cold War and of the SVR today. After the meeting, Golos reported to Moscow that he was “sure that he [Hemingway] will cooperate with us and … do everything he can” to help the NKVD.
Why did Soviets focus on Hemingway? He first caught their attention in 1935 by writing for the far left American journal New Masses. His article was an angry denunciation of the U.S. establishment for leaving a large group of veterans, at work on government relief, to die in the path of a hurricane that struck the Florida Keys that year. Then, during the Spanish civil war, he came into contact with Comintern agents, Soviet spies, and communist guerrillas. They intrigued and captivated him, all the more so because they were fighting for a cause that had ignited his passion: anti-fascism. That passion drove the plot of For Whom The Bell Tolls—and not incidentally disposed him to agree to Golos’s pitch when it came a few months after Scribner’s released the great political novel.
27 Martie 2017 Lasă un comentariu
Mihaela Nicola în 2014
FP: Ca în orice mare organizaţie, multe lucruri depind de orientarea strategică imprimată de viziunea liderilor. Cum se vede leadership-ul instituţional al SRI din afara instituţiei?
MN: Ţinuta intelectuală a domnului Maior, statura diplomatică a domniei sale şi felul în care acesta a modelat profilul instituţiei, preocupările academice şi parteneriatele internaţionale pe care SRI le-a conturat cu universităţi internaţionale de prestigiu precum Harvard, ca urmare a acestor preocupări, personalitatea extrem de echilibrată şi viziunea amplă, strategică, aşa cum transpar din fiecare apariţie publică a directorului SRI, au contribuit decisiv la poziţionarea instituţiei şi la felul în care aceasta este acum apreciată.
Am avut ocazia să îi întâlnesc pe fiecare dintre cei cinci membri ai echipei de conducere a SRI, în locuri şi la momente diferite. Ca responsabil de management al unei organizaţii, incomparabil mai mică, desigur, şi mai puţin semnificativă, cum este agenţia mea, dar ca om care ştie importanţa echipei şi a resorturilor de intimitate profesională ce alcătuiesc mecanismele unei echipe de succes, vă invidiez organizaţia pentru colecţia de valori individuale de la vârful ei şi mai ales pentru felul extrem de omogen în care acestea lucrează. Complementar, articulat, în perfectă sincronizare.
24 Martie 2017 Lasă un comentariu
The Art of Paying Attention– Why we need critics to think about power and how it works. By
Not too long ago I saw, on the internet, a photograph of a very small baby raccoon sitting on a road. And the caption read: “when u realize u dont want 2 be responsible for anything anymore & u just want 2 nap and be small.”
I have deliberately arranged my life so that I see pictures of cute animals on the internet every day. But I’m not usually seized by them the way I was by this one. The desire to abdicate, to give up: for me, that’s primal. Like anyone else alive right now, I spend a lot of days fighting off a flight response. Every day brings fresh fear and fresh outrage. And though we have all these tiny little outlets of action in our lives, the internet posts and the petitions and the marches, no single one of them can fix this. The world is on the verge of something, and one way to look at it is that we are climbing up the arc of the moral universe. But from our present vantage, it’s very hard to see if it’s bending towards justice the way Martin Luther King said.