“Bolsonaro Said His ‘Specialty Is Killing.’ He’s Been True to His Word” – Vanessa BARBARA

The New York Times, March 31, 2022 SÃO PAULO, Brazil — “I’m an army captain,” Jair Bolsonaro said in 2017. “My specialty is killing.” He has been true to his word. In just over three years in office, Mr. Bolsonaro has overseen an administration notable for its disregard for human life. There are, most immediately,… Continue lendo “Bolsonaro Said His ‘Specialty Is Killing.’ He’s Been True to His Word” – Vanessa BARBARA

How the Catholic Church Hid Away Hundreds of Irish Children | Times Documentaries

Ireland wanted to forget, but the dead don't always stay buried. One woman made it her mission to unearth the truth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoulaehrD_I Some 9,000 children died in Ireland's church-run homes for unwed mothers, a government report published on Tuesday found. This is equivalent to 15 percent of all children who were born or lived in the 18 institutions investigated… Continue lendo How the Catholic Church Hid Away Hundreds of Irish Children | Times Documentaries

“Democracy is for the gods” (Costica Bradatan)

The New York Times, July 5 2019 It should be no surprise that humans cannot sustain it. “Why do democracies fail?” We’ve heard that question a lot in the past few years, in books, on opinion pages and cable news shows, and in an increasingly anxious public debate. But I almost always find myself answering… Continue lendo “Democracy is for the gods” (Costica Bradatan)

“In praise of failure” – Costica BRADATAN

The New York Times, December 15, 2013 If there was ever a time to think seriously about failure, it is now. Costica Bradatan is an associate professor in the Honors College at Texas Tech University and the religion and comparative studies editor for The Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the author of the forthcoming Dying… Continue lendo “In praise of failure” – Costica BRADATAN

“The problem of the absent God” (John Weightman)

The New York Times, May 23, 1976 These two books are almost twins, although at first sight they may appear very remote from each other, since they emerge from very different cultural backgrounds. Both authors are now in their early sixties and use French as their literary language, though it is not in the full… Continue lendo “The problem of the absent God” (John Weightman)

“Gazing Into the abyss” – David BROMWICH

The New York Times, january 19, 1975 E. M. Cioran fled Rasinari, Rumania, to settle in Paris. France, in 1937. He was then in his twenties, just out of the university, and exile—the necessary condition of sympathy for a prophet—seems to have been his first and final calling. Alone and unfettered, he dwells in a… Continue lendo “Gazing Into the abyss” – David BROMWICH

“When Adam ate the apple, God lost His head” (Peter Caws)

The New York Times, March 14, 1971 E. M. Cioran, two among whose half‐dozen books are now, with the publication of “The Fall Into Time,” available in English, is a brilliant and original exponent of a rare genre, the philosophical essay. The taste for such writing, and especially for Cioran's, can for most of us… Continue lendo “When Adam ate the apple, God lost His head” (Peter Caws)

“Counting the ‘Blessings’ of Insomnia” (Gordon Marino)

The New York Times, March 29, 2010 Drip, drip, drip — that’s what insomniac thoughts feel like, a leaky faucet behind the eyes. Last night the ideas were plinking; forehead-pounding regrets over past deeds, horrid fantasies, car crashes of expectations, unrealizable longings. It’s sheer torture. I don’t deserve it! Drip: Or maybe I do. For… Continue lendo “Counting the ‘Blessings’ of Insomnia” (Gordon Marino)

“Charmed by Death and Chaos” – Edmund WHITE

New York Times, May 05, 1991 ANATHEMAS AND ADMIRATIONS By E. M. Cioran. Translated by Richard Howard. 256 pp. New York: Arcade Publishing/Little, Brown & Company. $22.95. I hate wisdom. What drunks, politicians and the idle proffer so freely gives me an allergic reaction. Most wisdom, I'm convinced, is made up of what S. I.… Continue lendo “Charmed by Death and Chaos” – Edmund WHITE

Memorial: E. M. Cioran, 84, Novelist And Philosopher of Despair – Eric PACE

The New York Times, June 22, 1995 E. M. Cioran, a Romanian-born writer known for his essays on philosophy and culture and his emphasis on despair, emptiness and death, died on Tuesday in the Broca Hospital in Paris. He was 84 and had lived in Paris since 1937. Mr. Cioran (pronounced TCHAW-rahn) has been widely… Continue lendo Memorial: E. M. Cioran, 84, Novelist And Philosopher of Despair – Eric PACE