From the Guardian/Observer Sept. 26, 2021: Unsung hero: how ‘Mr Radio Philips’ helped thousands flee the Nazis In June 1940, a Dutch salesman, acting as a consul in Lithuania, issued Jewish refugees with pseudo visas to escape Europe. His remarkable story is only now being told.
Behind the paywall on the Washington Post is this article from August 24,2021:A program tried to cut opioid addiction among veterans. Did it cause suicides? By Benjamin Cowan and Joshua Tibbitts Benjamin Cowan is associate professor of economics at Washington State University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Joshua Tibbitts … [Read more…]
From the New York Times: She Was Music’s Greatest Teacher. And Much More. A festival broadens our understanding of Nadia Boulanger, the pathbreaking composer, conductor and thinker. By William Robin July 30, 2021 Nadia Boulanger on Wikipedia
In the Atlantic, James Fallows reports on the Ancient Rome and Modern American analogies. Now, chapter four: crossing the Rubicon. Schnurer argues that this is more than just a familiar phrase. And he says that a U.S. Rubicon moment is in view—which would be triggered by a possible indictment of Donald Trump. At the end … [Read more…]
Charles H. Loeb defied the American military’s denials and propaganda to show how deadly radiation from the strike on Hiroshima sickened and killed. In the New York Times today is an account of the work of Charles Loeb, an American war correspondent in the Pacific in World War II.
In today’s Guardian, an article about the recent spate of encounters between small sail boats and Orca’s off the coast of Spain.
Over at the New York Times is a obituary about Ilona Royce Smithkin who lived a unique life.
Alan Chapman hosts Modern Times On Saturday nights between 10 and 12 P.M., on KDFC radio (and www.kdfc.com), Alan Chapman hosts Modern Times, his curation of modern “classical” music. I’ve been logging the titles played over the course of the last 18 months and present them here as a “Playlist” one can use to explore … [Read more…]
In the NY Times: Roberto Calasso, Renaissance Man of Letters, Dies at 80 A Florentine by birth, he was a polymath as an author and publisher (Kafka, Verdic philosophy, Greek mythology) who reached a wide international readership. In “The Art of the Publisher,” his reflections on his decades in publishing, Mr. Calasso was diffident about … [Read more…]
In the Guardian, Yep, it’s bleak, says expert who tested 1970s end-of-the-world prediction, A controversial MIT study from 1972 forecast the collapse of civilization – and Gaya Herrington is here to deliver the bad news