Monthly Archives: February 2016

Franco lives

Franco lives by David Benjamin “We do not believe in government through the voting booth. The Spanish national will was never freely expressed through the ballot box. Spain has no foolish dreams.” ― Generalissimo Francisco Franco BARCELONA — Every time I come back to Spain, I get this vague inkling of a nation teetering perpetually…
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The blurb culture

The blurb culture by David Benjamin “Question: Does it turn out that social media is better at breaking things than at making things?” — Thomas L. Friedman PARIS — How would Einstein “tweet” the Theory of Relativity. I thought about this after reading Dennis Overbye’s lyrical New York Times story about physicists working with the…
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It’s bean-bag season in America

It’s bean-bag season in America by David Benjamin “ ‘You’re not a politician,’ the man said. ‘You’re a public servant.’” — New Hampshire voter at a Donald Trump forum, 8 Feb. ‘16 “This is real retail politics, the way it’s supposed to be…” —N.H. voter Tom Lovely at the same forum PARIS — Tom Lovely…
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