Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 5:00 am
Some of the best writers do a great deal of borrowing; most wizened professionals will say that in order to write anything, you need to read everything. It is how a writer takes what he or she has read and twists it into something new that is the test. Direct quotation is one thing, but weaving influences into an artful collage is another. Novelist Ramona Ausubel toes that line with delicate precision. It's clear where she has come from, but always intriguing to see where she will go on the next page.
Protesters have "renamed" the Bank of Greece in honor of Germany, which many Greeks see as having undue influence over economic decisions in their country. The sign is seen in Syntagma Square on Feb. 12, 2012 in Athens, Greece.
A message on a burning building in the center of Athens saying "Hungry? Eat your local Pasok politician" is seen during the demonstration against the new austerity measures in Syntagma Square on Feb. 12, 2012 in Athens, Greece. Greece's creditors have demanded further austerity measures before approving a new bailout from the European Union.
Syrian army tanks are seen stationed at the entrance to Baba Amr neighbourhood in Homs on Feb. 13, 2012. Syria ignored a new Arab initiative to end the bloodshed, with its troops pounding the protest hub of Homs as Russia said a ceasefire is needed before peacekeepers can be deployed.
Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 7:04 am
Blake Hounshell is managing editor of Foreign Policy.
It's the year 2012, and we are watching a massacre unfold, in real time, on Facebook pages and pixilated livestreams. A young boy lies on a filthy operating table, his nearly lifeless eyes staring upward as blood pours out of a gaping shrapnel wound on his neck. On the ground, a man, his face blown off. Women scream as they view a pile of bodies: husbands, sons, brothers?