Category Archives: Globalization

Bill McKibben on Colbert

Bill McKibben was on Colbert Monday. I admittedly have only read one McKibben book, but it was among my favorite assigned reading in college. (The book was Deep Economy, wherein McKibben rethinks utilitarianism in a profoundly humanistic way and addresses … Continue reading

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“I strongly advise people not to read literature in translation.”

The above is a comment by Jay Rubin, best known for his translations of Haruki Murakami. Here he is being interviewed for a New Yorker podcast. The problem of the untranslatable looms large in my mind, especially as my literary … Continue reading

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The Gun, by C. J. Chivers

The Gun, by C. J. Chivers Simon & Schuster, 2010. 496 pages. If you’ve any doubt a biography of a firearm is worthwhile, Chivers will shortly banish it. The Gun tells the story of the rise of the AK-47* and … Continue reading

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