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Entries Tagged as 'Adam Gopnik'

Form is function

April 28th, 2018 · No Comments

“It is the essence of fascism to have no single fixed form—an attenuated form of nationalism in its basic nature, it naturally takes on the colors and practices of each nation it infects. In Italy, it is bombastic and neoclassical in form; in Spain, Catholic and religious; in Germany, violent and romantic. It took forms […]

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Tags: Adam Gopnik · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Not the building of walls

April 27th, 2018 · No Comments

“Cosmopolitanism is not a tribal trait; it is a virtue, as much as courage or honesty or compassion. Almost without exception, the periods of human civilization that we admire as we look back have been cosmopolitan in practice; even those, like the Bronze Age, that we imagine as monolithic and traditional turn out to be […]

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Tags: Adam Gopnik · Economics · Politics & Law

He could hide, but he couldn’t run

February 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

“After 9/11 in New York, a horrific but specific injury was deliberately levered into an apocalyptic panic. In the annals of courage and utter cowardice, none are more vivid than the contrasting pictures of Churchill on the rooftop of 10 Downing Street, coolly watching the Blitz, and Dick Cheney cowering in a bunker to make […]

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Tags: Adam Gopnik · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Verandah

We play the lottery to benefit the fund

February 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

“There was a period in my life when I was spending time among great sleight-of-hand men, card magicians, in Las Vegas, and one of them slipped me a guide to card cheating that had been privately printed by a professional card cheat. (Card magic and card cheating are Siamese twins, and no great card magician […]

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Tags: Adam Gopnik · Economics · Lit & Crit · Verandah

Teaching to the choir

December 28th, 2012 · No Comments

“Editorial writers can seem the most insipid and helpless of the scribbling class: they sum up anonymously the ideas of their time, and truth and insipidity do a great deal of close dancing–the right thing to do is often hard but seldom surprising.  Good editorial writing has less to do with winning an argument, since […]

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Tags: Adam Gopnik · Politics & Law

Wait till you see what’s for supper before you decide

December 27th, 2012 · No Comments

“The big question Camus asked was never the Anglo-American liberal one: How can we make the world a little bit better tomorrow?  It was the grander French one: Why not kill yourself tonight?” — Adam Gopnik, “Facing History”

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Tags: Adam Gopnik · Lit & Crit

A usual cruel punishment

September 8th, 2012 · No Comments

“Every day, at least fifty thousand men—a full house at Yankee Stadium—wake in solitary confinement, often in ‘supermax’ prisons or prison wings, in which men are locked in small cells, where they see no one, cannot freely read and write, and are allowed out just once a day for an hour’s solo ‘exercise.’  (Lock yourself […]

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Tags: Adam Gopnik · Economics · Politics & Law

Welcome to Lockuptown

September 7th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“For most privileged, professional people, the experience of confinement is a mere brush, encountered after a kid’s arrest, say.  For a great many poor people in America, particularly poor black men, prison is a destination that braids through an ordinary life, much as high school and college do for rich white ones.  More than half […]

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Tags: Adam Gopnik · Economics · Politics & Law

And a dismal place

September 6th, 2012 · No Comments

“A prison is a trap for catching time.” – Adam Gopnik, “The Caging of America”

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Tags: Adam Gopnik · Economics · Politics & Law

Rising and falling

September 1st, 2012 · No Comments

“We sometimes think that the historical imagination is the gift of seeing past — seeing past the surface squalors of an era to the larger truths.  Really, history is all about seeing in, looking hard at things to bring them back to life as they were, while still making them part of life as it […]

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Tags: Adam Gopnik · Lit & Crit

The access points are conveniently located

August 16th, 2012 · No Comments

“Learning isn’t a set of things that we know but a world that we enter.” — Adam Gopnik, “Broken Kingdom”

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Tags: Adam Gopnik · Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Verandah

Followed by the cold vacuum of excess

August 12th, 2012 · No Comments

“It takes more than full bellies to make fulfilled lives.  Without enough to eat, life is nasty; with merely enough to eat, it feels empty.  The escape from not-enough can highlight the emptiness of only-enough.” – Adam Gopnik, “Decline, Fall, Rinse, Repeat”

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Tags: Adam Gopnik · Economics

Our best Other friend

August 5th, 2012 · No Comments

“Cats and birds are wonderful, but they keep their own counsel and their own identity.  They sit withing their own circles, even in the house, and let us spy, occasionally, on what it’s like out there.  Only the dog sits right at the edge of the first circle of caring, and points to the great […]

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Tags: Adam Gopnik · Lit & Crit

Not even thesis defense

July 28th, 2012 · No Comments

“Nothing in a graduate degree in art history prepares you for the eloquence of the eraser.” – Adam Gopnik, “Life Studies”

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Fingerpaints and doodles

July 27th, 2012 · 4 Comments

“Whatever sense of professional competence we feel in adult life is less the sum of accomplishment than the absence of impossibility: it’s really our relief at no longer having to do things we were never any good at doing in the first place—relief at never again having to dissect a frog or memorize the periodic […]

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Tags: Adam Gopnik · Lit & Crit

The gleanings

August 14th, 2011 · No Comments

“We have been outsourcing our intelligence, and our humanity, to machines for centuries.  They have long been faster, bigger, tougher, more deadly.  Now they are much quicker at calculation and infinitely more adept at memory than we have ever been.  And so now we decide that memory and calculation are not really part of mind.  […]

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Tags: Adam Gopnik · Economics · Lit & Crit

Riddle me these

June 8th, 2011 · 3 Comments

“Why do classical economists believe that free trade is good for everyone?  Why does the amount of gold kept in the treasury not make much difference to a country’s wealth?  Why don’t better machines for making pins eliminate jobs for good, instead of making more jobs of another kind?  Why, for that matter, does it […]

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Tags: Adam Gopnik · Economics

Table manners

April 11th, 2011 · No Comments

“We always tear our Gods to bits, and eat the bits we like.” — Adam Gopnik, “What Did Jesus Do?”

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Tags: Adam Gopnik · Economics