–literature is a manner of completing ourselves; totally agree, reading is one of the best ways to learn about the world;
– this is best exemplified by Janine di Giovanni, author of Madness Visible. This heartbreaking memoir of her time as a correspondent covering the human cost of the war in the Balkans made me cry in public as I read the book on vacation while travelling through Mexico on a bus.
She has revisited Sarajevo and written an equally haunting piece for Granta’s The Book of the Dead:
“As for the children who came of age during this siege, they learned to live with fear, to comfort their parents during artillery attacks, and to understand madness. Schools stopped and time froze. There were no birthday parties, no cakes made with fresh eggs, no chocolate bars, no Christmas trees for the Christians or toys for the Muslims at Bajram, or play dates or singalongs. There was no future and there were no dreams.”
– on the 15th anniversary of the Srebenica massacre, Chuck Suditec, who lost members of his family, says the formation of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugloslavia, provides some measure of justice to the dead;
– although I try to avoid finance on this blog, I love this cheeky question from a BBC journalist to head of the British Bankers Association;
– and this piece on bankers who “refuse to take their snouts out of the trough“;
– they need to follow this chart on how to be happy;
– or Jeff Bezos’ speech at Princeton We are what we choose .