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Permanently Temporary

If we live long enough, we learn that not only does everything change, but also that everything can change all at once. Thus far 2015 has been one of those everything-is -changing-at-once scenarios. 727 more words

Creativity

Life is a Sandwich

Or at least, it should be. Not the upside-down open sandwich of thick Cheddar cheese that it is today, but a Scooby-Doo layered sandwich with lots of different fillings between many slices of bread. 630 more words

Life In France

Running in circles

For the first time she saw that the clock never advanced, but ran in circles—from twelve to one, from one to two, and on to twelve,and then the same thing again, always the same progression without any progress, wound up again and again for the day’s work without ever getting a break, imprisoned in the same rectangular brown housing. 57 more words

Quotes

Life becomes mathematics

The war has in fact ended, but poverty has not. It only ducked beneath the barrage of ordinances, crawled foxily behind the paper ramparts of war loans and banknotes with their ink still wet. 246 more words

Quotes

The Road Not Taken: How Britain Narrowly Missed A Revolution, 1381-1926 | 昨日的世界:英倫三島錯過的那場大革命

昨日的世界:英伦三岛错过的那场大革命

郭婷

 发表于《书城杂志》2015年5月号

       一部在皑皑白雪与颓美建筑间闪烁茨威格(Stefan Zweigt)影子的《布达佩斯大饭店》(The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014),让许多人重温这位奥地利作家的作品。而茨威格的自传《昨日的世界——一个欧洲人的回忆》(The World of Yesterday) 中对在二十世纪战争与灾难中崩析的欧洲文明的悼念与反思,总让人想到在那个时代中明哲求全,虽已逝但余影犹存的英帝国。

作为一个文化共同体和主权国,英国在很多地方都被认为具有特殊性。譬如英吉利海峡将英伦三岛与欧洲大陆隔开,英国与其他西欧国家在风俗与文化上不尽相同;英国人的自我认识中也将自己与欧洲分开(更别提虽然属于欧盟成员,英国却没有加入申根国签证行列,也不使用欧元);在横扫欧洲的拿破伦革命中也只有英国逃过一劫;哪怕二战后经济大幅受挫,人民也未因此不满而掀起革命。

2011年伦敦发生骚乱,缘起一名黑人男性在伦敦北部托特纳姆区(Tottenham)被警务人员枪杀。长达数日的街头抗议、打砸、暴力冲突扩展至利物浦、伯明翰、诺丁汉、曼切斯特、剑桥和牛津等英格兰大城市。这次骚乱被认为是二战时的纳粹轰炸以来,在伦敦发生的波及人数最多的紧张事件,也是伦敦城第一次发生大规模骚乱。它在公共话语中引出贫富落差、阶层问题与“社会革命”这样的词汇。但是在英国历史中,从未发生过自下而上的颠覆性革命,此次骚乱也以首相卡梅伦指责趁乱打劫的青少年而定下官方基调。在英国文化的特殊性之中,究竟是哪些因素使得英国为何逃过了这样一场革命,自始至终的贯穿传统而保守的精神?

英国历史学家、皇家历史学会院士法兰克·麦克林恩(Frank McLynn)所著的《不寻此径:英国如何错过了革命之路,1381-1926》( The Road Not TakenHow Britain Narrowly Missed a Revolution 1381-1926… 618 more words

Writing

The World of Yesterday

“The greatest curse brought down on us by technology is that it prevents us from escaping the present even for a brief time. Previous generations could retreat into solitude and seclusion when disaster struck; it was our fate to be aware of everything catastrophic happening everywhere in the world at the hour and the second when it happened.” — Stefan Zweig… 142 more words

Philosophical Literature