Monthly Archives: June 2014

100 years of pacifism 1914-2014

100 years ago today, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was shot in Sarajevo, triggering what H.G. Wells called the “war that will end war”; it wasn’t long before the irony of that phrase was felt. The Oxford English Dictionary has

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moral language?

If you speak a language well enough to get along, but not really well, it’s an effort. You need time to think and process and a lot of energy can go into making sure you get the grammar right. As

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waiting for translation: Tokarczuk’s Bieguni

You know that feeling when you’re waiting at an airport, trying to guess where other are from and where they are going? You start writing in your notebook, observing the man across from you, who is writing in his notebook,

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world cup of literature: an even more beautiful game

Love football or hate it, you can’t ignore the World Cup. But if you’d rather read a good book, three percent is pitching readable works published this millennium from each World Cup qualifying country against each other. On the day

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time to relax: tina and mouse

Here in Finland, today is the start of ten loooooooooooong sunny weeks of school holidays – and we already have 22 hours of daylight at this time of year. Sadly, if most of your work comes from and goes to different countries, you

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