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Can you hear them calling

June 16th, 2018 · No Comments

“Do you think that your fathers are watching? That they weigh you in their ledgerbook? Against what? There is no book and your fathers are dead in the ground.” – Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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It’s nothing personal

June 15th, 2018 · No Comments

“People were always getting ready for tomorrow. . . . Tomorrow wasn’t getting ready for them.” – Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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Here it comes again

June 14th, 2018 · No Comments

“Maybe you should always be on the lookout. If trouble comes when you least expect it then maybe the thing to do is to always expect it.” – Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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Not a robot, usually

June 13th, 2018 · No Comments

“A person who had no one would be well advised to cobble together some passable ghost. Breathe it into being and coax it along with words of love. Offer it each phantom crumb and shield it from harm.” – Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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Now is a good time

June 12th, 2018 · No Comments

“There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one’s heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.” – Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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Some kind of justice

June 11th, 2018 · No Comments

“In the history of the world it might even be that there was more punishment than crime.” – Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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All the time in the world

June 10th, 2018 · No Comments

“The last instance of a thing takes the class with it. Turns out the light and is gone. Look around you. Ever is a long time.” – Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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How they roll

June 7th, 2018 · No Comments

“Shattering those who answer innocently, is the tyrant’s way of easing his embarrassment.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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You take the high road

June 6th, 2018 · No Comments

“You would get along, dear couple? Learn from us the art; If you want to keep love supple, You only have to part.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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A ring of power

June 5th, 2018 · No Comments

“I am sure, deep in his bag the poorest wanderer Keeps some remembrance that gives pleasure, And sooner starves than yields this treasure.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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And diamonds are a girl’s best friend

June 4th, 2018 · No Comments

“What good is beauty, even youth? All that may be quite good and fair, But does it get you anywhere? Their praise is half pity, you can be sure. For gold contend, On gold depend All things. Woe to us poor!” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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Foiled again

June 3rd, 2018 · No Comments

“I now curse all that would enamor The human soul with lures and lies, Enticing it with flattering glamour To live on in this cave of sighs. Cursed above all our high esteem, The spirit’s smug self-confidence, Cursed be illusion, fraud, and dream That flatter our guileless sense! Cursed be the pleasing make-believe Of fame […]

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The bass notes

June 2nd, 2018 · No Comments

“I am too old to be content to play, Too young to be without desire. What wonders would the world reveal? You must renounce! You ought to yield! That is the never-ending drone Which we must, our life long, hear.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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Willing to make a deal

June 1st, 2018 · No Comments

“Who holds the Devil, hold him tight! He can’t expect to catch him twice.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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Restless through and through

May 31st, 2018 · No Comments

“Deep in the heart there dwells relentless care And secretly infects us with despair; Restless, she sways and poisons peace and joy She always finds new masks she can employ: She may appear as house and home, as child and wife, As fire, water, poison, knife— What does not strike, still makes you quail, And […]

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It burrows eternal

May 30th, 2018 · No Comments

“Hope never seems to leave those who affirm, The shallow minds that stick to must and mold— They dig with greedy hands for gold And yet are happy if they find a worm.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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Yep

May 29th, 2018 · No Comments

“I have, alas, studied philosophy, Jurisprudence and medicine, too, And, worst of all, theology, With keen endeavor, through and through— And here I am, for all my lore, The wretched fool I was before.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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Odd lot, they

May 24th, 2018 · No Comments

“The Germans are really a strange people. With their profound thoughts and ideas, which they seek everywhere and project into everything, they make life harder for themselves than they should.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, May 8, 1827 (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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That’s why it dosn’t make any sense

May 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

“The more incommensurable and incomprehensible for the understanding a poetic creation may be, the better.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, May 8, 1827 ( from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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They’ll do you in

May 22nd, 2018 · No Comments

“A life chequered with uncommon varieties is seldom a long one. Action and care will in time wear down the strongest frame, but guilt and melancholy are poisons of quick despatch.” – Thomas Paine, “Reflections on the Life and Death of Lord Clive”

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Cashing in

May 18th, 2018 · No Comments

“Most of the Galician Jews, like Polish Jews residing in the General Government, died in the course of 1942 after spending months isolated from the rest of the population in ghettos created on Nazi orders. Acting on instructions of German police commanders, the Jewish and Ukrainian police rounded them up and shipped them to extermination […]

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Tags: Economics · Serhii Plokhy · The Second World War

In the killing fields

May 17th, 2018 · No Comments

“The Holocaust was the single most horrific episode of the Nazi occupation of Ukraine, which had no shortage of horror. Most Ukrainian Jews who became victims never made it either to Auschwitz or to any other extermination camp. Heinrich Himmler’s Einsatzgruppen, with the help of local police formed by the German administration, gunned them down […]

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The gates of hell

May 16th, 2018 · No Comments

“Ukraine under German occupation became a large-scale model of a concentration camp. As in the camps, the line between resistance and collaboration, victimhood and criminal complicity with the regime became blurred but by no means indistinguishable. Everyone made a personal choice, and those who survived had to live with their decisions after the war, many […]

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Yet prescient

May 15th, 2018 · No Comments

“In December 1940 [Hitler] signed a directive ordering preparations for war with the Soviet Union. The operation was code-named Barbarossa after the twelfth-century German king and Holy Roman emperor who had led the Third Crusade. He had drowned while trying to cross a river in heavy armor instead of taking the bridge used by his […]

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A fine-looking bunch

May 14th, 2018 · No Comments

“By early October 1939, the Polish army had ceased to exist . . . . The Red Army, which was no match for the Germans in mechanization, demonstrated its superiority to the Polish troops in the quality of its armaments, which included new tanks, aircraft, and modern guns—all products of Stalin’s industrialization effort. But to […]

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Out, damn spot

May 13th, 2018 · No Comments

“The past is not made out of time, out of memory, out of irony but is also a crime we cannot admit and will not atone.” – Eavan Boland, “Making Money”

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Call it what you will, people died

May 12th, 2018 · No Comments

“Was the Great Ukrainian Famine (in Ukrainian, the Holodomor) a premeditated act of genocide against Ukraine and its people? In November 2006, the Ukrainian parliament defined it as such. A number of parliaments and governments around the world passed similar resolutions, while the Russian government launched an international campaign to undermine the Ukrainian claim. Political […]

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Dictatorship of the proletariat

May 11th, 2018 · No Comments

“The ‘Russian revolutionary sweep’ that Stalin wanted to combine with American efficiency came to Dniprohes with tens of thousands of Ukrainian peasants unqualified to do the job but eager to make a living. The number of workers employed in the construction of the dam and the electric power station grew from 13,000 in 1927 to […]

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Song sung blue

May 10th, 2018 · No Comments

“The Ukrainian national anthem begins with the words, ‘Ukraine has not yet perished,’ hardly an optimistic beginning for any kind of song.” – Serhii Plokhy, The Gates of Europe

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Not me

May 8th, 2018 · No Comments

“Is it not well that even for a little time the light of life shine—though it shine through fear and sadness—than be cut off altogether? For who knows where the trails tend that lead through the darkness of the night of death?” – The Elder Maiden of Héshokta, “Átahsaia the Cannibal Demon,” Zuñi Folk Tales […]

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