Posts by: Joe Winkler

Austerity

“Austerity,” by Mark Blyth

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Mark Blyth, Professor of International Economics at Brown University, starts off his frightening and important book on economics, Austerity, with a healthy dose of self-awareness. He realizes that to add another book to the litany about the economic crisis demands justification. Why this book? What can he possibly add?

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Selected Translations by W. S. Merwin

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The translation of poetry requires justification. Not necessarily for conceptual reasons, but because the experience of reading translated poetry however transcendent and beautiful always feels lacking, incomplete, like living in a body missing some essential organ. Of course, this remains true of prose as well, but poetry, which depends more on the idiosyncratic musicality, imagery, […]

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Occupy Nation, by Todd Gitlin

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What hath the OWS movement wrought? Depends on who you ask. Naysayers, including most Republicans and Rupert Murdoch’s various media organs, will tell you that OWS created nothing but trouble, violence, a disruption of the peace, and distraction from key issues. The average person—if shaken out of their apathy—will provide hazy answers, falling back on popularized slogans […]

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