Novelist Irmgard Keun – Deutsche Welle

With its allusions to sexual exploits and superficial attention to the latest fashions, Keun’s second novel has also been compared recently to the popular “Sex and The City” television series. But Keun’s “The Artificial Silk Girl” is more than just a diary of dancing and dalliances. It also contains subtle but scathing commentaries about life under the rising Third Reich.

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Late Bloomer – Yoga Journal

For years, I was a perpetually late yogini. I would rush in a few minutes after class had begun, stealing glances at the clock and at everyone sitting in Sukhasana (Easy Pose). While the other students were focusing on their goals for the day’s practice, I would noisily settle myself in the back of the room, wondering why I felt rushed instead of peaceful.

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Spotlight on: Satu Maaranen

The Look: The Spring/Summer 2014 women’s collection, “Garments in Landscape” was inspired by silhouettes and cuts from old Haute Couture. With a unique consideration of the landscape surrounding the collection, Maaranen researched landart, camouflage, and the Finnish revolutionary print design of the 60s that Vuokko Nurmesniemi and Fujiwo Ishimoto created for Finnish textile house Marimekko.

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An Olympic Truce in London – Christian Science Monitor

Alberto Forquilha, a former child soldier from Mozambique who ran a successful arms-swapping program in post-conflict zones back home, was one of the visitors to the group in 2010. Now in his 40s, Mr. Forquila told the Newham youths about how he and fellow soldiers had helped pave the way for a dialogue among the leaders of the groups at war.

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Deb Olin Unferth – Bookslut

In what might have been a nightmare for her parents, 18-year-old Deb Olin Unferth dropped out of college and lit out for war-torn Central America. After camping out in a brothel and hanging with the Sandinistas, Unferth realized there wasn’t much use for an unskilled American in Latin American civil wars…

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