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  • A poem for Sapardi Djoko Damono
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    A poem for Sapardi Djoko Damono

    It’s the weekend And we’ve had enough of death

  • America, America
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    America, America

    WHAT kind of America is it over there in the west, sprawled between paranoia and optimism, between entropy and fantasy, with Donald Trump antagonizing all and sundry, and the cry ‘Let’s make America great again’ sounding like an old cracked record?

  • Crusoe
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    Crusoe

    WHO among us still reads Robinson Crusoe? Hopefully no one.

  • July 5
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    July 5

    THE past is like a Rorschach test: indistinct ink spots on pale paper which we interpret as we wish. These interpretations are used to make assumptions about our psychology.

  • Einstein, God…
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    Einstein, God…

    Galileo analyzed God’s creation using mathematics. Einstein observed it with wonder.

  • Two Popes
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    Two Popes

    A pope and a cardinal meet in the gardens of Castel Gandolfo. It is April 2011, a hot day, even at the papal summer residence outside Rome.

  • Strange Fruit
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    Strange Fruit

    Blood on the leaves And blood at the root Black bodies swinging in the Southern breeze Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees —Strange Fruit, sung by Billie Holiday, 1939

  • The Decameron
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    The Decameron

    Death changed in Florence in the 14th century. Plague plundered the famous Italian city like a foreign army wreaking wrath.

  • Bureaucracy
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    Bureaucracy

    “Official secrets are as shy as young girls.”—Kafka, in his novel The Castle

  • Isolation
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    Isolation

    Life consists of various kinds of solitude. Every one of us sometimes has (or would like to have, or on the contrary is afraid of having) isolation.

  • Sure
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    Sure

    FOR centuries, pestilence has meant uncertainty. Today too.

  • WHISPERERS
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    WHISPERERS

    A French philosopher, aged 60, travelled 2,100 kilometers by horse-driven carriage to meet an empress in Russia.

  • Kartono  (1939-2020)
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    Kartono (1939-2020)

    One and a half hours before my brother breathed his last, I visited him in the Intensive Care Unit where he had been treated for a few days.

  • Close to the Pure
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    Close to the Pure

    We quickly became close.

  • Experts
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    Experts

    THE 2020 pandemic: it is not only the virus that is spreading so fast, but also questions. Uncertainty, in other words.

  • The State
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    The State

    IN this world fighting Covid-19, in this chaotic life confronting epidemic, there is one place that has swiftly—and nervously—become hope: the State.

  • The Eye
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    The Eye

    A lia should not have died.

  • Wei Qi
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    Wei Qi

    When this pandemic is over and there are still people alive traumatized and scratching around for hope, or on the contrary, when this pandemic is over, death has declined, economic destruction has ended, and life is more peaceful, one name will be inscribed in thick letters: China.

  • De-cision
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    De-cision

    Life is the story of decisions. Even when we decide not to decide.

  • Oimmeddam
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    Oimmeddam

    One of history’s illusions is the border.

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