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To Spank [Your Child in Poland] or Not?
2009 — Summer / Commentary

To Spank [Your Child in Poland] or Not?

On anti-spanking laws around the world – and in Poland’s interwar period.

The Cinnamon Shops – Mannequins
2009 — Summer / Features

The Cinnamon Shops – Mannequins

Bizarre grimaces, faces looking dazed, absent; others almost transparent or invisible and desperately staring ahead. All of them inhabited somewhat unspecified mysterious places: empty streets, decadent cafés, stylized shop displays, bourgeois lofts, modish ateliers.

Notes from a Concert: Freedom ’89
2009 — Summer / Features

Notes from a Concert: Freedom ’89

“Lech – Lech – Lech!” The crowd chants as Lech Wałęsa, co-founder of Solidarity and former President of Poland, walks onto the Pritzker Pavilion outdoor stage in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

Life Advice: Plato vs. Grandma
2009 — Summer / Commentary

Life Advice: Plato vs. Grandma

A while ago a reader asked me to devote a column to the concept of a civil society. For a number of reasons, the time is ripe for me to oblige.

Horses and Bourbon and Hats, Oh My!
2009 — Summer / Travel

Horses and Bourbon and Hats, Oh My!

I’m at the Churchill Downs race track in Louisville, Kentucky, experiencing my very first Kentucky Derby. Thus far, I’ve downed the obligatory mint julep; explored the enormous infield; placed a single, tenuous bet, admired elegant horses being led onto a track for the day’s second run; watched a few races on a massive screen…

Of Self-Governance and Nature: Exploring Ecovillages in Denmark
2009 — Summer / Travel

Of Self-Governance and Nature: Exploring Ecovillages in Denmark

What if, in one way or another, every citizen could spend some time participating in his and her own food production?

2009 — Summer / Commentary

Legislation Sought for our “No-Vacation” Nation

The United States is the only developed country in the world in which workers are not guaranteed the right to a paid vacation under the law. In fact, our epidemic of overwork is so widespread that many people don’t see the need for initiative.

Moving Europe, Brandenburg-style
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Travel

Moving Europe, Brandenburg-style

Is Europe really as far as it seems to many Europeans? Not if you move it to where the Europeans are.

From the Snows of Siberia to the Snows of Kilimanjaro
2009 — Spring / Features

From the Snows of Siberia to the Snows of Kilimanjaro

The Canadian immigration representative seemed perplexed. What was he think of this Polish matriarchy living in mud huts surrounded by lovely gardens with trimmed hedges and a view of the great mountain in the distance? The children in their smart uniforms didn’t help. He was looking for labour in Canada’s mines and forests.

My Two Polish Grandfathers
2009 — Spring / Books

My Two Polish Grandfathers

“I should have been a true Pole rather than a make-believe Scot” writes Witold Rybczynski in his latest book, the beautifully written My Two Polish Grandfathers. Anna Kisielewska reviews Rybczynski’s latest chef d’oeuvre.

A History of Polish Americans … Revisited
2009 — Spring / Books

A History of Polish Americans … Revisited

Those of us who read John Bukowczyk’s And My Children Did Not Know Me are delighted to see the 2008 edition by Transaction Press, A History of the Polish Americans.

Tricky Polish Love: Sztuczki
2009 — Spring / Films

Tricky Polish Love: Sztuczki

I was charmed by it, and wiped away more than one tear. I want to describe the film and what I liked about it, but also to place it in its Polish context.

Remembering Bronisław Geremek
2009 — Spring / Commentary

Remembering Bronisław Geremek

“We created Europe, now we have to create Europeans.”