Review: Bloodlands

If you can read Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands and feel fine, go about your life as normal, I suggest you see a doctor. Death in this book is so omnipresent, so banal in a way, that it’s pretty much impossible to feel nothing. This book shows what happens if human lives (or some human lives) are […]

Review: Hand to Mouth

Hand to Mouth by Linda Tirado is funny, yet dark. The observations about what it means to be poor in America are her own, the author repeatedly says, but they are very on point. The author takes us through her daily life, from work to children and relationships, via cleanliness, propriety and a host of other topics. […]

Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North

I know. It’s a novel. But bear with me. It’s a really good one. In somewhat confusing chronology Richard Flanagan recounts the life of an Australian doctor who was an officer during WW2. He grows up poor, gets to go to school, moves rapidly up the social ladder and becomes a bit of a hero when […]

The Dark Side

The internet is a terrible thing. No, just kidding, I love it and couldn’t do without it. But this weeks’ trio of international newsmagazines does raise some sticky issues about the dark side of the web. Teenagers in America (and presumably elsewhere) are finding new ways to be evil to each other on the internet. Bullying […]

Gordian Knot

Iraq is the one thing binding our trio this week. They each choose different ways to disentangle the gordian knot that Iraq represents (in close collaboration with other countries in the region). But it’s not easy to even clarify the ISIS phenomenon. German Der Spiegel focusses on the leading man of the terror organization ISIS, […]

Peacemakers – Margaret MacMillan

I’ve been warned against writing reviews that are too rave. A reviewer should be stern, fair, but critical. Trouble is, I rarely finish a book I don’t like. And I happen to think Peacemakers by Margaret MacMillan is absolutely brilliant. I’ve been sitting here, trying to think of what might be a credible bit of […]