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  • Hans shared from The New Old World by Perry Anderson
    the general condition of intellectual life is suggested by the bizarre prominence of Bernard-Henri Lévy, far the best known ‘thinker’ under sixty in the country. It would be difficult to imagine a more extraordinary reversal of national standards of taste and intelligence than the attention accorded this crass booby in France’s public sphere, despite innumerable demonstrations of his inability to get a fact or an idea straight. Could such a grotesque flourish in any other major Western culture today?
  • Hans shared from The New Old World by Perry Anderson
    Under Mitterrand, the attitude of the French elite has been a Vichy-like subservience to German economic power.
    Note: Yep
  • Hans shared from La relazione (Italian Edition) by Andrea Camilleri
    Stavolta Mauro si alza, esce dallo studio, percorre il corridoio, accende la luce dell’anticamera, apre la porta.
    Note: con la maniglia ?
  • Hans shared from The Crooked Timber Of Humanity by Isaiah Berlin
    Hamann, Herder, and Kant too, are particularly vehement in opposing the levelling activities of these morally blind imposers of alien methods on a pious, inward-looking culture.
    Note: sounds familiar
  • Hans shared from The Crooked Timber Of Humanity by Isaiah Berlin
    Montesquieu’s remark that when Montezuma said that the Aztec religion might be best for the Aztecs and the Christian religion best for Spaniards, what he said was not absurd,
(Milano, MI Italy)
Hans R. Suter