Archive for the 'Essential Reading' Category

Change and Consciousness

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Fyodor Dostoevsky
I am a sick man. I am a spiteful man. I am an unattractive man. I believe my liver is diseased. However, I know nothing at all about my disease, and do not know for certain what ails me. I don’t consult a doctor for it, and never have, though I have a respect [...]

In Defence of History

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Written by Eric Hobsbawm
History needs to be defended against those who deny its capacity to help us understand the world, and because new developments in the sciences have transformed the historiographical agenda.
Methodologically, the major negative development has been the construction of a set of barriers between what happened in history and our capacity to observe [...]

Open Letter To Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, PM

Monday, November 12th, 2007

A FICTION WRITER WRITES IN SUPPORT OF JOURNALISTS
Dear Prime Minister Abdullah,
26 September 2007 saw two thousand lawyers “Walk for Justice” to defend the good name and protest the sliding standards of their profession. “When lawyers march,” said Ambiga Sreenevasan, President of the Bar Council, “something must be wrong.”
Last Saturday (10 November 2007), 40,000 people from [...]