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Have headline, will travel

October 19, 2017 - 11:32 -- Admin

Earlier this month the Washington Post published an article by one Doug Sosnik, “a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton from 1994 to 2000,” which made the not especially spectacular assertion that “if [Donald] Trump isn’t removed from office and doesn’t lead the country into some form of global catastrophe, he

A useful energy tool, but no guarantee

October 18, 2017 - 17:57 -- Admin

Politicians these days tend to declare any step forward as a wholesale solution, no matter how complex the problem. Thus it is with the Energy Security Board’s proposed national energy guarantee, revealed yesterday, which would require electricity retailers to contract with generators to ensure that a reserve of reliable power will be available to meet their peak demand.

A few hours with a great writer

October 17, 2017 - 12:36 -- Admin

The enduring misconception about writing is that it’s a binary skill: you’re either good at it, or you’re not. But this ignores the fact that different types of writing require different techniques. Over the years I’ve written novels, short stories, news journalism, features and academic articles, but the one style I’ve never quite mastered is creative non-fiction. Thankfully, Draft No.

A kind of groove

October 17, 2017 - 08:33 -- Admin

Some mornings, when Gilda Civitico arrived at the Victorian Infec­tious Diseases Reference Laboratory where she worked as director of experimental design, she would open a cage of fluffy ducklings and ease them into a sink.

Japan’s unhopeful choices

October 15, 2017 - 16:43 -- Admin

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe this month took the unusual step of calling a snap election on the eve of a new session of the Diet. Opposition MPs had been eagerly awaiting the chance to pursue allegations of influence peddling by Abe and his wife. Instead, the lower house was dissolved, and voters will go to the polls a year early, on 22 October.

A fine balance

October 15, 2017 - 04:49 -- Admin

Sheila Fitzpatrick’s remarkable new book focuses on two complex and fascinating people — one of whom was Fitzpatrick’s husband — who survived the devastating 1939–45 war and its aftermath in Latvia and Germany. She meticulously weaves a highly accessible account of the sweep of history with the lives of Mischka and Olga, the son and mother whose lives she seeks to unravel.