Günter Grass: The denial of true reflection

Without ethics man has no future. This is to say mankind without them cannot be itself. Ethics determine choices and actions and suggest difficult priorities. They have nothing to do, however, with judging the actions of others. Such judgments are the prerogative of (often self-proclaimed) moralists. In ethics there is a humility; moralists are usually righteous.

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Thomas McGrath, Problems of the Revolutionary Poet in Contemporary Times

Perhaps this is a subject for a catalog rather than for a short paper. The poet will have the usual problems of making a living--problems which everyone who works has to face--and these will be complicated by the fact that he must try to live two lives at once: as a revolutionary and as a revolutionary poet. He must buy time for the second life since he is a pre-capitalist type and not a producer of commodities. He will have the usual problems with the police and with blacklists--with whatever kinds of repression are of the mode for the time in which he lives as modified by the levels of organization of class struggle.

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Technology Rewrites the Book

Published: July 20, 2006

When Steve Mandel, a management trainer from Santa Cruz, Calif., wants to show his friends why he stays up late to peer through a telescope, he pulls out a copy of his latest book, “Light in the Sky,” filled with pictures he has taken of distant nebulae, star clusters and galaxies.

“I consistently get a very big ‘Wow!’ The printing of my photos was spectacular — I did not really expect them to come out so well.” he said. “This is as good as any book in a bookstore.”

Mr. Mandel, 56, put his book together himself with free software from The 119-page edition is printed on coated paper, bound with a linen fabric hard cover, and then wrapped with a dust jacket. Anyone who wants one can buy it for $37.95, and Blurb will make a copy just for that buyer.

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