Sunday, November 6, 2016

Blind chance

It was fortunate to encounter
the portrait published Satur-
day, because it helps to re-
call Poland's unyielding abil-
ity to preserve a culture, de-
spite the most horrific tor-
ments of the last 100 years. 

Compromises; yet just to im-
agine developing a child then,
becomes urgent to understand.
Now, as Americans entertain 
the exotically alluring temp-
tation of inflicting similar 
a society in the mold of Fox
News - one naturally must pre-
pare for the prospect of some
generations (while courts are
mended, media reclaimed, par-
ties created, breath resumed)
of utter waste.

How did Europe's ornament get through it?

Timothy Snyder
Basic Books, 2010

Anne Applebaum
Iron Curtain
Doubleday, 2012

Tony Judt
  with Timothy Snyder
Thinking the Twentieth
Penguin Books, 2012

Krzysztof Kieślowski
Blind Chance

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