Statues of limitations: which stay, which go

When the statue of Iraqi despot Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003, it was easy to join the chorus of cheers. He was a repressive tyrant who killed an estimated 250,000 of his own people. Easy, too, was the destruction of statues of Communist dictator Joseph Stalin, responsible for the deaths of millions of Russians …

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Escape from Trump 3.0 – real fiction

On a rainy October-like day, there's nothing like settling in with good fiction to escape from the Trumpian travails of our time. Here, in no particular order, are some of the books I've been reading over the past months. The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks is what The New York Times called "thundering, gritty, emotionally devastating." …

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