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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 entitled Andre mennesker ("Other people exist") was published in Danish, followed by Czech, Turkish and Bulgarian editions.



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George Blecher

Picking up the pieces

Epilogue to an ugly war

Trump's win was far from unpredictable: the Clinton campaign failed to take popular resentment seriously. Whether or not Trump follows up on all of his many election promises, more conflict can be expected. [more]

14.11.2016


George Blecher

Cut to the chase

Whatever happens on 8 November, one thing is certain: the large bloc of disaffected voters represented by Donald Trump will not go away. His popularity reveals the fragility and entrenchment of the American democratic system, writes George Blecher. [more]

02.11.2016


George Blecher

Alone and tired

In the latest of his Battle Dispatches from the electoral front, George Blecher visits the heartlands of the Trump vote in the swing states of Pennsylvania and Ohio and begins to get to the heart of The Donald's appeal. [more]

24.10.2016


George Blecher

Into the gutter

In his latest dispatch from the frontline of the US election campaign, George Blecher watches as the candidates unearth the dirt in each other's pasts. Policy he asks, what's that? Forget it. [more]

04.10.2016


George Blecher

The art of lying

Duck and dodge, wheel and deal, lies, lies and precious few facts or statistics. In the second of his Battle Dispatches covering the US elections, George Blecher explains how lying – or what he calls 'evasive rhetoric' – has become the campaign's central issue on both sides. [more]

20.09.2016


George Blecher

The ugly Americans

It's about to get rough and with all still to play for. The big question in the following weeks will be how Hillary handles herself under the pressure of Trump's coming barrage. In the first of his US election 'Battle Dispatches', George Blecher challenges Hillary to come out fighting. [more]

01.09.2016


George Blecher

The presidential primaries: A guide to the coming chaos

The US presidential primaries may have appeared to be a cross between a circus and a caricature of a reality show, but don't be misled, says George Blecher, the real show has yet to take place. The campaign between the two most unpopular candidates ever to stand for President will be brutal. [more]

09.08.2016


George Blecher

Not bad for a lame duck

Much as the media like to call Barack Obama a "lame duck President", he's begun to look pretty agile of late. So says George Blecher. A portrait of Obama, the most consistent US president in decades, dispatched from inside the land of the free. [French version added] [more]

13.04.2015


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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The 27th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Gdańsk, 4-6 November 2016

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