Reaching for Heaven on Netflix
'I don't feel at home in this world anymore'
I am always late to pop cultural happenings. The movie I don’t feel at home in this world anymore won the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Grand Dramatic Jury Prize in January 2017, but I discovered and saw it only the other night, in some obscure basement at Netflix.
Looking up the movie reviews, I was astonished that not . . .
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I first got an inkling that the Islamic Revolution will fail when I read about the popular Chaharshanbe Suri - red or fiery Wednesday - festival in Iran. Chaharshanbe Suri is on the eve of the last Wednesday before Nowruz, the Iranian new year, in March. People build bonfires in alleys and on street corners. They leap over the . . .
I try to stay away from overtly partisan political blogging. One more article on why we should loathe or love Donald Trump? Please. Still, it’s hard to resist the odd political observation. There was abundant commentary in late January on the first anniversary of the Trump presidency. The President’s supporters celebrated his . . .
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Two angles on why we need the nation state
The two angles are from the English conservative writer and philosopher Roger Scruton, and from the economist Dani Rodrik, who, outside his technical economic writings, appears to be a conventional American liberal – horrified by Trump and so forth. Yet both, in sometimes overlapping, sometimes complementary ways, make a persuasive case . . .
de te fabula narratur: India in your future
“Quid rides? Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur”, says Horace in his ‘Satires’ (1.1.69): “Why do you laugh? Change but the name, and it is of you the story is told.” Karl Marx quotes the Roman poet in his Preface to the First German Edition of ‘Capital’ (1867), to warn Germans they . . .
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