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fran-lewis's picture
Mar.13.2014
The Obedient Assassin: John Davidson Sitting in a shed where the air permeates a stench that would make you sick and your clothes are so filthy you can hardly stand yourself is a young Lieutenant named Ramon Mercader. A lieutenant in the Republican Army during the Spanish Civil War, he is...
bruce-douglas-reeves's picture
Dec.02.2013
            Ukraine presented two faces, like those ancient Greek masks, when we were there in October: smiling toward western Europe on one side and toward Russia and the east on the other.  Now, the country seems to hurtling toward a decision...
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Oct.29.2013
            Her little body hidden under kerchief and raincoat, the woman is arranging her treasures to tempt people who might pass: bulky socks and scarves that she has knitted, an old table lamp, several ashtrays of varying sizes and shapes,...
bruce-douglas-reeves's picture
Nov.10.2012
       The Communists were in power.  The year: 1988.  The place: the territory and city of Kaliningrad, named for a buddy of Joe Stalin.  My wife and I were there for the day, exploring the bleak, gray remains of several centuries – none bleaker or...
bob-mustin's picture
Jan.14.2012
Third Reich Victorious – Alternate Decisions of World War II, edited by Peter G. Tsouras   image via betterwordbooks.com     Gaming the outcomes of history’s various wars can be as tempting as playing Monday morning quarterback to sporting events. In this book, Tsouras and...
robert-earle's picture
Dec.06.2011
This will be a somewhat complex blog because I am going to intertwine comments on Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago with the 20th anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. I'm reading The Gulag Archipelago right now and have just returned from a discussion of the dissolution of the...
dale-estey's picture
May.30.2011
 Politics and PoetryTrying to make sense of Shakespeare’s politics, a complicated web of ideas and contradictions that attracted and repelled some of modern history’s most notorious leadersBY STEPHEN MARCHE  I recently published a book about Shakespeare’s impact on the material world—on things like...
thomas-burchfield's picture
May.05.2011
(This piece also appears on my official webpage, A Curious Man   I had just jumped in the car on Sunday evening, at MacArthur BART in Oakland, when Elizabeth told me that she’d heard over the radio that President Obama was about to announce that Osama bin Laden was dead. As we watched the...
steve-hauk's picture
Aug.27.2009
When I heard Ted Kennedy had died, I immediately thought of Philip J. Schlessinger, a professor of political science I had eons ago at Los Angeles City College.   I was able to track him today via the University of Southern California Alumni News, the Winter 2001 issue. There, it said, Schlessinger...