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George Blecher

is a former literature professor at the City University of New York, and currently a full-time writer whose articles on American politics and culture appear in many European journals and newspapers. He is also a translator from Danish and Swedish into English. In 2009, a collection of short stories, Andre mennesker, was published in Danish, followed by Czech and Turkish editions in 2010.



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George Blecher

Deeper than a tweet

The Boston bombing and why you can't become completely American

George Blecher pinpoints exactly what it is that confuses Americans about the actions of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who, prior to the bombing of the Boston Marathon, may not have been far off from becoming an ideal American. But then becoming completely American always was a fiction. [more]

27.05.2013


George Blecher

David Foster Wallace: Innocence and experience

He pointed a way for American fiction out of the doldrums of postmodernism, writes George Blecher. For a culture troubled by the corrosive commercial media and closed-end systems underpinned by technology, David Foster Wallace's influence remains a force to be reckoned with. [more]

06.05.2013


George Blecher

Hard truths in an anxious time

Choreography replaces vision in a leaden US election campaign, writes George Blecher. No amount of media hype can disguise voters' sense that neither Obama nor Romney is offering a significant variation on the status quo. [more]

19.09.2012


George Blecher

The euro crisis seen from atop the Empire State Building

Europe's leaders need to take a hard look across the Atlantic before they start dismantling the Union: emulating the US would risk forfeiting the things that make Europe the best of all worlds. George Blecher offers some reassuring words about the European project and its future. [more]

12.03.2012


George Blecher

Did Obama have a choice?

Could Obama have let the US default? Given that the debt ceiling compromise merely postpones the political conflict, providing a stopgap rather than a solution, the unthinkable might not have been so bad an option, conjectures George Blecher. [more]

10.08.2011


George Blecher

Learning to learn

Genuine knowledge or intellectual bullshit? Reformed bullshitter George Blecher recalls the moment he learned the difference... [more]

19.07.2011


George Blecher

Whispering on paper

Email, text messaging and social networks have revolutionized the way we communicate. Yet as the magic of instantaneity fades, George Blecher begins to miss some good old-fashioned penmanship. [more]

24.05.2011


George Blecher

Hand-holding and bankruptcy

Spend and save: this was the contradiction that defined Obama's State of the Union speech. Yet the US president's efforts at conciliation can do little to halt the growing wave of bankruptcy, where the public sector is the hardest hit, writes George Blecher. [more]

01.02.2011


George Blecher

Everybody's scapegoat

Once wildly popular, President Obama is now under fire from all directions. Is it because his thinking is too complicated for an age of sound bites, asks George Blecher, or does he lack the kind of passion that the American electorate thrives on? [more]

25.11.2010


George Blecher

The anticlimax

The much anticipated US financial regulatory bill, passed at the end of last month, is a compromise between government regulators and Wall Street, writes George Blecher. As for solving the even more pressing problems of the US economy, the bill offers no new solutions. [more]

14.07.2010


George Blecher

Where people walk a mile for a chuckle

Tough materialism and existential frankness, an awareness of one's mortality balanced by the refusal to talk bullshit: George Blecher selects three works of fiction that sum up the New York attitude. [more]

07.06.2010


George Blecher

Anger as the ship goes down

Obama's proposed banking reforms are likely to face insurmountable opposition from Congress, where lobby interests have become all-powerful. Worse still, writes George Blecher, the proposals themselves don't go far enough. [more]

29.01.2010


George Blecher

Do the obvious

As the US economy continues to worsen, everyone including the President is holding their breath. Everyone except the veteran economist Paul Volcker, that is. George Blecher says he might be on to something. [more]

05.11.2009


George Blecher

Cataclysm, anarchy and knitting

US financial experts are talking of cataclysm and anarchy, but what really worries them is nationalization, writes George Blecher. Meanwhile, at street-level, the crisis is having some unusual effects. [more]

18.08.2009


George Blecher

Getting ready for the battle?

When it comes to the economy, the moral leadership Obama promised is conspicuously lacking. Will the US president and his economic advisors be willing to regulate a financial sector to which, for some, they are worryingly close? [more]

24.07.2009


George Blecher

A nation like any other

Western Europe holds Israel to impossible standards

Since the conflict with Lebanon, there has been a sense among Western intellectuals that Israel has crossed some moral boundary line. But western European rhetoric holds Israel to impossible standards of perfection. [more]

10.06.2009


George Blecher

Neither an editor nor a European

Writer and journalist George Blecher's first European meeting of Cultural journals was in Berlin in 1989. He has been coming back ever since -- despite his being neither an editor nor a European. [more]

24.09.2008


George Blecher

Dirty secrets of a translator

"No translator can translate every author equally well. The problem is that you don't know whom you can and can't translate until you try, and by then it's too late." George Blecher divulges the translator's dirty secrets... [more]

21.05.2007


George Blecher

Another America?

George Bush's State of the Union address reflected the current mood in the US: muted, sombre, and resigned. Is this new attitude suggestive of a change in the way the US is starting to look at itself? [more]

09.03.2007


George Blecher

Politics dressed up as principle

When the Danish prime minister defended the Jyllands-Posten cartoons on the grounds of freedom of expression, he failed to acknowledge his political loyalties. [more]

06.03.2006


George Blecher

Doctor! Doctor! My private health insurance policy is driving me crazy!

A warning to Europe from across the Atlantic: are you sure you want a privatized healthcare system? [more]

04.08.2005


George Blecher

"We have met the enemy, and he is us"

Where does the prevalent feeling between the US-American Republicans and Democrats - namely hatred - derive from? George Blecher on the subject. [more]

05.10.2004


George Blecher

Who's afraid of the context?

Why it pays for American networks to keep their heads down on the Iraq war. [more]

13.08.2004


George Blecher, Kevin Klose

Oasis in the desert

A conversation with Kevin Klose, President of the American National Public Radio

How NPR, the virtually only outlet for fact-based journalism in the US radio market, continues to increase its listenership. [more]

23.07.2004


George Blecher

The leisure class and I

On the timeliness of Thorstein Veblen's "Theory of the Leisure Class". [more]

22.07.2004


George Blecher

George Blecher commemorates Lothar Baier

"He was our intellectual and moral conscience." [more]

16.07.2004


George Blecher

Notes from the Rubble

To describe as "conflicted" the political feelings of Americans these days is to make an almost comic understatement: everybody thinks everything simultaneously, writes George Blecher as he reflects on the atmosphere in the US after September 11th. [more]

09.12.2003


George Blecher

America's dilemma

After the Iraq invasion, Americans are faced with an impossible choice on how to judge their government's "pre-emptive" war doctrine, argues George Blecher. [more]

23.04.2003


George Blecher

Heroes, leaders, demagogues

Our personal heroes and why we can not live without them. [more]

01.02.2003



George Blecher

Americans at millennium's end

How We Learned to Love the Media and Forget Who We Are

.. [more]

08.02.2000


George Blecher

The Decline of Fun

.. [more]

31.05.1999


 

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