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Lawrence Weschler, a longtime contributor to the New Yorker (where he covered popular upsurges in Poland, South Africa, Latin America and Belgrade, among other places), is currently the director of the New… Read more

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Gaza as Sarajevo
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The image of Israeli tank columns safely ranged on the periphery of Gaza methodically lobbing in round after round of supposedly precision-guided munitions (precision, that is, give or take the odd 25 person civilian family huddled together for the breaking of their Ramadan fast), sent me whistling back to my own time in Sarajevo, after the lifting of the siege there in the wake of the Dayton Accords in late 1995.

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Lawrence Weschler, a longtime contributor to the New Yorker (where he covered popular upsurges in Poland, South Africa, Latin America and Belgrade, among other places), is currently the director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU.

He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award and was has received the Lannan Literary Award. As a prevalent author, Weschler's recent books include an expanded edition of "Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees", "True to Life: Twenty Five Years of Conversation", "Liza Lou", " Tara Donovan", "Deborah Butterfield" and "Fred Tomaselli: The Times". He is also the artistic director emeritus, and curator for New York Live Ideas.

He is a contributing editor to McSweeney’s, the Threepeeny Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review; curator at large of the DVD quarterly Wholphin and director of the Ernst Toch Society. He has also held positions as the chair of the Sundance and the Documentary Film Fund. He recently launched “Pillow of Air,” a monthly “Amble through the worlds of the visual” column in The Believer.

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