ESSAY: 'When death becomes a game, it's imperative to leave the arena' (Agnès Desarthe)
- Written by Mark Jensen
In the hours after the Nov. 13 attacks in France, novelist Agnès Desarthe, 49, who lives in the Tenth Arrondissement of Paris, shaped her reflections on the challenges of living as a target of terrorism into an essay. -- "Some calls arrived from abroad. -- People talked to us, and in their voices, in their worry, we realized that this was happening to us. -- To us. -- But who are we?" ...
BACKGROUND: Culture wars politics roil Hugo Awards
- Written by Marie Neptune
BOOK REVIEW: The sources of violent jihadism
- Written by Hank Berger
In this London Review of Books review, a BBC journalist speculates at length that identity issues are probably the most significant factor that explains those who embrace violent jihadism. -- But Owen Bennett-Jones then reverses field and concludes on a cautionary note: "Even if we could reach a more widely shared understanding of the sources of violent jihadism it is not clear that there would then be agreement about the policies needed to deal with it. -- [British Prime Minister] David Cameron wants people not only to have greater loyalty to liberal values but also to say so in public. -- But even if you could agree on a definition of British values, you can’t use legislation to make people believe in them. -- In fact, attempting to use the law to oppose extremist thought is not only illiberal in itself but risks deepening the divisions that need to be bridged." ...