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“Barbed Wire Sunday”

On August 13, 1961, the National People’s Army of the German Democratic Republic began constructing the Berlin Wall “At midnight on this day in 1961, units of the East German army began to close the border between East and West … Continue reading

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Leni Sinclair

Photographer Leni Sinclair, cofounder of the Detroit Artists Workshop and the White Panther Party. “Leni Sinclair, born Magdalene Arndt, is an American photographer and radical political activist who lives in Detroit. She has photographed rock and jazz musicians since the … Continue reading

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The Day of the Jackal – Frederick Forsyth (1971)

“The Day of the Jackal (1971) is a thriller novel by English author Frederick Forsyth about a professional assassin who is contracted by the OAS, a French dissident paramilitary organisation, to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. The … Continue reading

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Vienna summit

“The Vienna summit was a summit meeting held on June 4, 1961, in Vienna, Austria, between President John F. Kennedy of the United States and Premier Nikita Khrushchev of the Soviet Union. The leaders of the two superpowers of the … Continue reading

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From cold war spy to angry old man: the politics of John le Carré

“It is a truism that, as they get older, angry young radicals tend to relax into complacent conservatism. The fire of youth fades to a dull glow, or flickers out altogether; the injustice that once seemed so offensive becomes more … Continue reading

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The Scars of Democracy – Theodor Adorno and the crises of liberalism.

“In April 6, 1967, Theodor W. Adorno accepted an invitation from the Association of Socialist Students at the University of Vienna to deliver a lecture on ‘aspects of the new right-wing extremism.’ The topic held a special urgency: The National … Continue reading

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10 Swinging Sixties Crime Novels You May Enjoy

“1. Victor Canning: Doubled in Diamonds. Canning was a star crime writer in the ’60s and in Rex Carver he created one of the best wise-cracking British private detectives ever. The four Carver novels are narrated in the first person. … Continue reading

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Resistance: How—Not Whether—to Act

“I still believe that our cause (which is not only ours) is better taken up by the rebellious students than by the police, and, here in California, that is demonstrated to me almost daily,” wrote Herbert Marcuse (right) to his … Continue reading

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The Quiller Memorandum – Michael Anderson (1966)

“The Quiller Memorandum is a 1966 British neo noir eurospy film filmed in Deluxe Color and Panavision, adapted from the 1965 spy novel The Berlin Memorandum, by Elleston Trevor under the name ‘Adam Hall’, screenplay by Harold Pinter, directed by … Continue reading

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A Small Town in Germany – John le Carré (1968)

“I’m still making my way through John le Carré’s oeuvre in chronological order, and so far it has been a surprisingly interesting and enjoyable journey. My most recent stop, A Small Town in Germany, is no exception to this, and … Continue reading

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