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A Great Treasure You Could Take With You – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on A Great Treasure You Could Take With You – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Literature, Reading Related

To have come on all this new world of writing (Tolstoy, Chekov, Dostoyevsky, Gogol & Turgenev), with time to read in a city like Paris where there was a way of living well and working, no matter how poor you were, was like having a great treasure given to you. You could take with you […]

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Dear Leader the Polymath – “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea” – Barbara Demick

September 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on Dear Leader the Polymath – “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea” – Barbara Demick · Economics, North Korea, Totalitarianism

Kim Il-sung or Kim Jong-il, who by the 1980s was increasingly assuming his father’s duties, offered “on-the-spot guidance” to address the country’s woes. Father and son were experts in absolutely everything, be it geology or farming. “Kim Jon-il’s on-site instructions and his warm benevolence are bring about a great advance in goat breeding and output […]

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