Jonathan Safran Foer: part two
Meet the Writers on Monocle 24: The author talks about his new book ‘Here I am’. In the second of a two-part series, US author Jonathan Safran Foer talks about his new novel ‘Here I am’, a book that is organised around two crises: an earthquake and the discovery of a phone that reveals an affair.
Can you be more Pacific?
When Hillary Clinton became Barack Obama’s secretary of state, much was made of the US’s planned “pivot” away from the Middle East and towards Asia. Obama was supposed to be America’s first “Pacific president” and Clinton certainly put in the air miles, meeting presidents and foreign ministers across the region. But the Middle East proved to be a difficult area to move away from, with Israel and Palestine, Iran’s nuclear deal and the Arab uprisings all taking up Obama and Clinton’s time and attention. If, as seems likely, Clinton is elected president in a fortnight’s time, she may try to pivot again. The eccentric behaviour of the Philippines’ president Rodrigo Duterte has alarmed Washington, while Japan and South Korea have been unnerved by Donald Trump’s outlandish comments about withdrawing support. The US may get its Pacific president after all.
About time too
Another European region is preparing to turn its back on the EU by not turning back its clocks. The regional parliament of the Balearic Islands is asking the central government to allow it to permanently adhere to Daylight Savings Time, which would mean that the easterly island would not have to turn its clocks back this coming weekend along with the rest of Spain and the EU. The sun sets on the Mediterranean archipelagos about an hour before it goes down on the continent’s most westerly cities. The Illes amb Claror (bright islands) movement has been gathering popular and political support in recent years. By turning the clocks back an hour Balearic politicians argue that those on the islands use more electricity and lose valuable hours in which to do outdoor activities, and visit shops and other small businesses.
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Vienna’s musical toilet
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Lisbon’s new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology designed by UK architect Amanda Levete opened last week. The museum promises to shake up the Portuguese capital’s patchy cultural scene with its willfully interdisciplinary agenda. Syma Tariq paid a visit to the building before it opened to the public and brought us this report.
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The Pacific Shift brings you music from around the Pacific Rim, Asia and beyond. J-pop, K-pop, T-pop and more, Monocle is the soundtrack to your day by the Pacific.
Wednesday 26 October
Sets the agenda in Asia and considers what’s been dominating the day in Europe and North America. The programme is sometimes co-hosted out of our Toronto and New York bureaux and features regular interviews with special guests both there and across the Americas, as well as experts and analysts at our studios in London.
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Acclaimed social scientist Dr Robert Cialdini knows all about persuasion and influence. He talks about his new bestseller ‘Pre-Suasion’, which reveals how the world’s best persuaders succeed based on what they do before they deliver their message. Plus: boot-makers in Norway, an Australian dog-walking company with a difference and the former Swiss diplomat running a boutique hotel in Kosovo that’s challenging ethnic stereotypes.
Wednesday 26 October
Join Monocle’s editors and guests drawn from our unrivalled pool of international commentators, analysts and experts to unpack the issues dominating the day’s agenda. From diplomatic wrangles and border disputes to big business and frontline politics, this is the programme you need to hear to make sense of a dynamic and sometimes volatile world.
Wednesday 26 October
Nato defense ministers meet today in Brussels to discuss the alliance’s strategy towards Russia. Turkey arrests the mayors of its biggest Kurdish town and we hear from Paul Beatty, the winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Plus: how giant pouched rats are fighting illegal wildlife trafficking in Tanzania.
Monocle preview: November issue 2016
Canada, eh? In our latest issue we examine what it means to be from this fine country and why it’s a nation to watch, from aviation to branding (with a bit of ice hockey thrown in for good measure). You can also enjoy part two of our Design Directory; buy your copy today from The Monocle Shop.
Retail Survey: Division Street, Portland, Oregon
Division Street in Portland, Oregon has witnessed a model retail renaissance. Monocle Films meets the shopkeepers on this once sleepy stretch, which is now the centre of the city’s budding new retail scene.
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Issue 98 ∙ November 2016
Canada calling: why it’s time to take a fresh look north. From Toronto to the high north – Monocle reports on a nation that’s flexing mind and muscle, re-engaging diplomatically and spreading its wings.
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Brothers in arms
Canada may be seen as the perennial nice guy but its military are ready for a fight. We join them in Ukraine, where they are taking a stand against Russia.
The city formerly known as ‘Deadmonton’ has been reanimated – and its vital signs are good. With an entrepreneurial spirit that’s as strong as any, it seems the Big E is coming alive.
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