Words matter. These are the best Serge Schmemann Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
The fall of the Berlin Wall is very much a sequel, a continuation of the story about Eastern Europe emerging from war and Communism. The notion of presenting history as a story also appealed to me very much, since that is the way I look at the events I cover as a reporter.
My own kids were with me in Berlin when Germany was reunited, and they were with me in Moscow when the Soviet Union collapsed. We talked about these things at the dinner table, at their schools, with their friends.
There are many roads to journalism. My feeling is that your best bet in college is to study the subjects you will want to write about, whether politics, the environment or the law.
I guess what I’m really saying is something obvious – that there’s a unique pride in watching a home team from rival turf, especially when we’re not supposed to be any good.
The art of reading between the lines is as old as manipulated information.
Our daily life is filled with electronic pianos, ring tones, the disembodied voice giving you your bank balance over the telephone. Even silence can be electronic, courtesy of sound-canceling headphones.
A history of perceived humiliation, after all, lurks behind many acts of terror. And competing narratives of victimhood and insults sustain conflicts in the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Middle East and many other regions.
The lesson for the next U.S. president: Raise the taxes on fuel. A lot.
We all know that much of what we hear in life is not really so. Canned laughter and ‘sweetened’ applause have been TV staples for decades, and all the slamming doors, breaking glass and squealing tires you hear in movies are sound effects.
Soccer is a great game, and the rich variety of styles and passions that come with being truly global makes the World Cup a nonpareil event in the universe of competitive sport.
Bus routes reach the most obscure corners of Paris. There’s also the Metro – and especially the great Line No. 1, which runs on tires under the Champs-Elysees and beyond.
Back when George W. Bush was identifying his Axis of Evil, it struck me that a longer and more instructive list could be compiled of the Axis of the Humiliated (or Insulted and Injured, to borrow from Dostoevsky).
Recorded engine sounds, however, are a deliberate deception. They’re like going to a concert and listening to a recording. On the other hand, I wouldn’t mind buying a BMW recording and installing it in my ’96 Jeep Cherokee.