RIP — Elie Wiesel

Holocaust survivor, author, and deserving Nobel winner Elie Wiesel has died at age 87. From Haaretz:

In 2006, popular talk-show host Oprah Winfrey selected a new translation of “Night” by Wiesel’s wife Marion for her book club, helping to push the book to a top spot on The New York Times’ best-seller list for […]

The Somme and Mordor

Image by Rebecca Bird

Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme — a 4-month long World War 1 campaign that was meant to break the stalemate on the Western Front but after more than a million men killed came to typify the industrialized charnel house of trench warfare as well […]

India in World War 2

Srinath Raghavan in his New Delhi office. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Here’s another interesting book chuck I ran across this week on India’s involvement in World War 2 and its consequences for Indian liberation following the war in 1947. From The Hindu Times (bolded are interviewer questions):

The book is called India’s war. Yet, not […]

Great Leap Forward... Into the Abyss

Frank Dikotter. Photo by Nora Tran

I meant to post this the other day but Summer session finals have taken more time to grade than planned. Be that as it may… this is an interesting look at author Frank Dikotter — Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong and author of […]

Saturday Open Thread

A rockin' Friday night with #1 son in Floyd's world

Saturday Open Thread

Sunday Open Thread

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Sunday Open Thread

Pied Piper of Hamelin — illustration from an adaptation by Robert Browning

Tuesday Open Thread

From the Trailer Park — High-Rise

Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller