Roscover’s Obama: BURDENED

Last week's Time magazine had a poignant article about the loneliness of the Presidency as part of its coverage of the first year of Obama's inauguration. Obama and the Loneliest Job It's worth a read and is not particularly partisan…

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Vanishing in the digital age

Have you ever wondered about disappearing? I'm not talking about Harry Potter's Invisibility Cloak (although that would certainly come in handy on occasion). No, I mean disappearing like Jason Bourne: forging plausible identities, making new starts, covering old traces, laying…

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The Sympathy of Melancholy: Orhan Pamuk’s SNOW

There is a play on words that gets lost in translation from  Turkish into English. I am by no means a Turkish speaker (as if), and I only discovered it when looking up information about the town in which Orhan Pamuk’s celebrated 2002 book is set. Pamuk won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006 and the citation said that he:

in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures.

Well, that is certainly true of Snow. (more…)

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