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Lawrence Weschler


Lawrence Weschler
Lawrence Weschler

Lawrence Weschler, a longtime contributor to the New Yorker (where he covered popular upsurges in Poland, South Africa, Latin America and Belgrade,...


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Terrorizing a Family of Human Rights Champions

AP/Hasan Jamali

Bahrain, a key U.S. ally in the Mideast, is building a symbolic wall against freedom. Part of that odious effort is the longtime persecution of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and two of his daughters.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE


Sarajevo 1914 / Gaza 2014: The Short Twentieth Century Lingers On

Strange the way things line up, the through-lines that suddenly reveal themselves amidst the twists and turns of historical progression.

Posted on Aug 3, 2014 READ MORE


Gaza as Sarajevo

AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

The image of Israeli tank columns safely ranged on the periphery of Gaza methodically lobbing in round after round of supposedly precision-guided munitions (precision, that is, give or take the odd 25 person civilian family huddled together for the breaking of their Ramadan fast), sent me whistling back to my own time in Sarajevo, after the lifting of the siege there in the wake of the Dayton Accords in late 1995.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE
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Israel Has Been Bitten by a Bat

AP/Khalil Hamra

The news out of Israel and Palestine: relentless, remorseless, repetitively compulsive, rabid.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE


Of Baby Eagles and Human Prospects

AP/Victor R. Caivano

Surely we don’t get to gaze upon the fate of our own species through the lens of the Prime Directive. On the contrary, surely it is our duty to intervene and to do so on an urgent basis.

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 READ MORE


Time to Start Preoccupying Wall Street

AP / Seth Wenig

What would it be like if activists were to spend the next several months developing, articulating and organizing toward a major national mortgage and student loan strike? Such a loan strike would be slated to begin on some specific preannounced date in the intermediate future. Why not, say, on Oct. 1, 2012, right in the middle of the next presidential campaign?

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE

Lawrence Weschler
Lawrence Weschler

Lawrence Weschler, a longtime contributor to the New Yorker (where he covered popular upsurges in Poland, South Africa, Latin America and Belgrade, among other places), is currently the director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU.

He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award and was has received the Lannan Literary Award. As a prevalent author, Weschler’s recent books include an expanded edition of “Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees”, “True to Life: Twenty Five Years of Conversation”, “Liza Lou”, ” Tara Donovan”,  “Deborah Butterfield” and “Fred Tomaselli: The Times”.  He is also the artistic director emeritus, and curator for New York Live Ideas. 

He is a contributing editor to McSweeney’s, the Threepeeny Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review; curator at large of the DVD quarterly Wholphin and director of the Ernst Toch Society. He has also held positions as the chair of the Sundance and the Documentary Film Fund. He recently launched “Pillow of Air,” a monthly “Amble through the worlds of the visual” column in The Believer.

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