Category: Gaither Stewart

Senior Editor Gaither Stewart, based in Rome, serves—inter alia—as our European correspondent. A veteran journalist and essayist on a broad palette of topics from culture to history and politics, he is also the author of the Europe Trilogy, celebrated spy thrillers whose latest volume, Time of Exile, was just published by Punto Press.

Edward W. Said On Orientalism

NOTE: Edward Said wrote a new preface for the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of his classic book, ORIENTALISM, originally published in the USA by Random House in 1978. In the following pages I have quoted some of the author’s major thoughts and added my own ideas about Said’s preface written in 2003 for the last Vintage Books edition of his magnificent work.Continue reading

  WALLS

A few years ago an amusing satirical article in the Buenos Aires leftwing daily, Pagina 12, made me want to cry. In some five thousand words the Argentinean journalist José Pablo Feinmann ridiculed, among other things, the whole concept of the great wall the U.S. Bush government projected along the border with Mexico. “What? Raise a wall. The gringos mustContinue reading

MEMORY TRENCH: The Long and Lonesome Road to Samarkand

Dispatches from Gaither Stewart European Correspondent • Rome early two decades after Iran’s Islamic Revolution  I am spending several weeks in Iran  in June and July of 1995.  Rinaldo, that is, the director of my newspaper himself,  arranged for me to accompany  a group of three Italian businessmen——an executive from the huge state-controlled Finmeccanica Group and two  top engineers fromContinue reading

transformation

TRANSFORMATION

hange is a word that both intellectuals and the intelligentsia of America are discussing in these times. However, one is justified to wonder what kind of change they mean. As a rule when intellectuals/liberals speak of change, they mean reform (and not enough of it, at that: that is, the leisurely conforming of the lives of the collective with theirContinue reading

indifference

INDIFFERENCE

ndifference is an American-European story. As French chansonnier Serge Gainsbourg sang of his love for Brigitte Bardot: “What does the weather matter, what matters the wind? Better your absence than your indifference.” Or Gilbert Bécaud: “Indifference kills with small blows.” The indifference of one person to the other in a dwindling love affair is emblematic of the terrible impact ofContinue reading

Swannanoa

ome people peel apples in thick layers, heedlessly and negligently cutting away half the apple. Others squint and observe closely the fruit, stripping its skin paper-thin in an unbroken circular thread, lovingly and frugally, as if it were the last apple in existence. As a boy I came to belong to the latter in imitation of my Cherokee friend andContinue reading