Gurami Ghonghadze

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John Hersey, the Writer Who Let “Hiroshima” Speak for Itself

Seventy years ago, this magazine devoted its entire August 31st issue to an article by John Hersey titled “Hiroshima.” It became a landmark in journalism, in publishing, and in humanity’s awareness of itself and its own awful potential. It detailed the lives of six people who had survived the …

The man who made America: Reason, religion and the brilliant mind of John Locke

<b>John Locke (Wikimedia)</b><p>There will be no lack of odes to colonial America today. Let’s also remember the man whose ideas made it possible<p>George Makari<p>November 26, 2015 1:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Soul Machine: The Invention of the Modern Mind”<p>After his triumphant return to London, John Locke’s theory …

Life As A Screenwriter

On October 20th, 2014, production wrapped on my first feature film.<p>On October 20th, 2015, I asked my mother and father for a loan.<p>Working as a screenwriter can be a real son of a bitch.<p>The past 12 months have been some of the hardest of my entire life. Allow me this brief recap. I’m all-too-aware …

Why a Climate Deal Is the Best Hope for Peace

Soon after the horrific terror attacks in Paris, last Friday, our phones filled with messages from friends and colleagues: “So are they going to cancel the Paris climate summit?” “The drums of war are beating. Count on climate change being drowned out.” The assumption is reasonable enough. While …

Losing Battles

Arthur Miller’s morality tales.<p>For some time after I saw the director Ivo van Hove’s interpretation of Arthur Miller’s 1956 play “A View from the Bridge” (at the Lyceum), I found myself pondering the production’s graphic hysteria and homoeroticism. (The show, like the Signature Theatre Company’s …