Tag Archive: Paris

Nov 16

A War of Cowards

[Translate] In the turmoil of the moment, French President Francois Hollande probably should be forgiven for calling the terrorist attacks of last Friday in Paris “an act of war.”  It’s the kind of grandiose nonsense politicians say.  Really, calling these massacres “war” is like referring to shooting fish in a barrel as “sport.” Is he a …

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Oct 12

San Francisco 1968-1973

[Translate] (Continued from Simon Fraser) At a distance, San Francisco in late ‘68 still glowed from the “Summer of Love” festival the previous year.  But that glow was like the light that continues to travel in space after its source  burns out.  My friend in San Francisco — the noted Marxist economist James O’Connor — …

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Sep 08

Cuba 1963

[Translate] (Continued from College (4)) The federal government’s ban on travel to Cuba had put an end to direct flights.  Although Cuba is only 90 miles from Florida, you had to take a detour to get there.  And what a detour!  The student group I joined for the trip, nearly 60 strong, divided in half …

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Sep 06

Wesleyan (4) – Real-World Learning

[Translate] (Continued from College (3) – Paris) During our spring semester in Paris in 1961, the Algerian war of independence  had been in its final stages.  We American students mostly kept our noses in our books.  Still, it was impossible not to become aware of the great agitation in the city and the country.  On many …

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Sep 06

Wesleyan 1960-61 (Paris)

[Translate] (Continued from College (2) – Teachers) In the spring semester of my sophomore year, 1960-61, the College of Letters group moved to Paris.  On the way, I stopped in London and visited two old friends of my mother’s who had known my father but never met me.  One was Louie Gibson, who must have …

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