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About mkevane

Economist at Santa Clara University and Director of Friends of African Village Libraries.

Sharp words from a police officer about the lack of anti-terrorist strategy in Burkina Faso

Un gendarme, qui a participé à l’assaut de dimanche, se montre tout aussi critique envers les autorités du moment : « Nous n’avons pas du tout tiré les leçons de l’attaque du 15 janvier 2016. Il y a eu des … Continue reading

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‘The Violin Player’ review from Hollywood Reporter

On Netflix.  Interesting.  I think OK to fast-forward through the beginning, which indeed is very slow. On his way home, the unexpected happens. At the train station, on the other side of the tracks, a distinguished looking man in glasses … Continue reading

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Panda Bear – Boys Latin

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The Greenville Eight – Integrating American libraries in the South

On the afternoon of July 16, 1960, eight African-American students bravely filed into the whites-only Greenville County (S.C.) Public Library and sat down in the reading room to look at newspapers and books. One of those students was a young … Continue reading

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Wayne Wiegand’s short article on the struggle of young people like Joseph Jackson to desegregate libraries in the South in 1961

Read the full article here, “Desegregating Libraries in the American South” Forgotten heroes in civil rights history” by Wayne A. Wiegand in American Libraries. At 11 a.m. on March 27, 1961, nine students from the historically black Tougaloo College walked … Continue reading

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Another The New Yorker story: Ann Beattie “Save a Horse Ride a Cowgirl”

“Save a Horse Ride a Cowgirl” by Ann Beattie appeared in the November 23, 2015 issue of The New Yorker.  Another story about growing older. This one with a deliberate nod to Chekhov and the seagull… Does Bree destroy Ryall, … Continue reading

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Recent The New Yorker short stories

While on vacation last week I read a bunch of short stories from the past couple years from The New Yorker.  Sorry to say that many were not very good.  I don’t expect perfection, and it is nice to read … Continue reading

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