Ο Economist συνοψίζει το πού βρισκόμαστε αυτή τη στιγμή ως εξής:
Last week the troika was in town. Representing the IMF, the European Central Bank and the European Commission, it must judge whether Greece should receive the next €31.5 billion ($39 billion) of rescue funds, which the government will mostly spend on recapitalising the banks and paying debt interest. To qualify, Greece will have to slash its budget deficit by a total of €11.5 billion in 2013 and 2014. Failure would mean being cut off from European funds, leaving the government with no choice but to print its own currency. In effect, Greece would be out of the euro.
Ένας συγγραφέας (αυτός) γράφει για τη διαδικασία της συγγραφής, και για το πώς όλα -ακόμα και οι βιογραφίες, και τα ιστορικά βιβλία- είναι φανταστικά, βγαλμένα απ' τα μυαλά αυτών που τα έγραψαν σε κάποιο μεγάλο βαθμό.
When you tell yourself the story of your life, the story of your day, you edit and rewrite and weave a narrative out of a collection of random experiences and events. Your conversations are fiction. Your friends and loved ones—they are characters you have created. And your arguments with them are like meetings with an editor—please, they beseech you, you beseech them, rewrite me. You have a perception of the way things are, and you impose it on your memory, and in this way you think, in the same way that I think, that you are living something that is describable. When of course, what we actually live, what we actually experience—with our senses and our nerves—is a vast, absurd, beautiful, ridiculous chaos.
Τι μπορούμε να μάθουμε από την αντίδραση των Αμερικανών στην τρομοκρατική επίθεση ενός ακροδεξιού σε ένα ναό των Σιχ στο Γουισκόνσιν.
It ought to be self-evident that non-Muslims perpetrate terrorist attacks, and that a vanishingly small percentage of Muslims are terrorists, but those two truths aren't widely appreciated in America. That doesn't mean they won't reassert themselves, for terrorist attacks have always been with us; the tactic has never been exclusive to a single ideology for very long; and the power the state marshals against one sort of terrorist is sure to be first to hand when another sort strikes.
Με τη μορφή βιβλίου. Είναι ολοκαίνουρια τραγούδια που όμως δεν διατίθενται ηχογραφημένα, αλλά μόνο ως παρτιτούρες. Τις αγοράζεις και παίζεις τη μουσική μόνος σου.
Beck’s latest album comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded. Complete with full-color, heyday-of-home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case (and, when necessary, ukelele notation), Song Readeris an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012—an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track, and that’s as visually absorbing as a dozen gatefold LPs put together.
The recent book doesn’t portray him during this chapter in his life in the right light, it portrays him still as this Mercurial guy who gets mad at everybody and we never saw that with Steve. He drove us to create.