Friday, April 25th, 2014
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The brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over we realize this: that the human has been roughly handled, but that it has advanced.
Victor Hugo, 1862
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Orlando Figes
The Russian historian describes the Revolution’s retreat in the 1920s from its high communist ideals under the New Economic Policy.
Lewis H. Lapham is Editor of Lapham's Quarterly. He also serves as editor emeritus and national correspondent for Harper's magazine.

Your face, my thane, is a book where men / May read strange matters ...

— William Shakespeare


The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft, / And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

— John Keats


It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen ... The world will present itself to you for its unmasking.

— Franz Kafka