Tag Archives: Berlin Wall

Octavio Paz: Political thought

“… Originally, Paz supported the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War, but after learning of the murder of one of his friends by the Stalinist secret police, he became gradually disillusioned. While in Paris in the early 1950s, influenced by … Continue reading

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The Screens – Jean Genet (1961)

“The Screens (French: Les Paravents) is a play by the French dramatist Jean Genet. Its first few productions all used abridged versions, beginning with its world premiere under Hans Lietzau‘s direction in Berlin in May 1961. Its first complete performance … Continue reading

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A Brief History of George Smiley by John Le Carré

“George Smiley OBE is a fictional character created by John le Carré. Smiley is a career intelligence officer with ‘The Circus’, the British overseas intelligence agency. He is a central character in the novels Call for the Dead, A Murder … Continue reading

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West German student movement

Protest march in 1968 West Germany. “The West German student movement or sometimes called the 1968 movement in West Germany was a social movement that consisted of mass student protests in West Germany in 1968; participants in the movement would … Continue reading

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“You Are Sometimes in the Trance of What Is Beyond You”: Upheaval, Incantation and Ed Dorn in the Summer of 1968

“I. Love in the Time of Barricade:  When the radical students at the University of Essex, in Colchester, England, voted to dismantle the structures of established power at their university in May 1968, they took up a continental, if not … Continue reading

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Spy film

From Russia with Love (1963) “The spy film genre, also known sometimes as an espionage film, deals with the subject of fictional espionage, either in a realistic way (such as the adaptations of John le Carré) or as a basis … Continue reading

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Gruppe SPUR

1957: German painters Heimrad Prem, Helmut Sturm, and Hans-Peter Zimmer and the sculptor Lothar Fischer “Gruppe SPUR was an artistic collaboration formed by the German painters Heimrad Prem, Helmut Sturm and Hans-Peter Zimmer and the sculptor Lothar Fischer in 1957. … Continue reading

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International Times Archives – Voice of the British underground

“The International Times, or IT as it was known, was an underground newspaper launched in London in 1966 with a gig headlined by Pink Floyd. Founded by John Hoppy Hopkins, Barry Miles, Jim Haynes, playwright Tom McGrath and others, IT … Continue reading

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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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