What War? Twentieth Century Japan’s Views Of The Future Were Impossibly Bright

Imagine a world where robots reared your children, and wars were waged underwater. Add a splash of nostalgia, a touch of Jules Verne and super-saturated hues, and you’ve got the “future” according to Japanese retro-futurists. The movement roughly spanned from the 1930s to the 1960s, which covered a series of protracted conflicts and transitions for the island nation. And while none of the futurists’ depictions of reality actually came into being, we can’t help but revel in the way technological innovations can inform views on what the world has to offer.

Propeller powered trains, 1936: Could be seen as a forerunner to the high speed rail systems in use today in metropolitan areas around the world.

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Gone With Youth: Ernest Hemingway’s Journalism

Hemingway Journalism Passport

Hemingway’s 1923 passport photo. Source: Congressional Archives

In his memoir A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway recalls what he told himself when he felt he couldn’t write:

“I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, ‘Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.’ So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there. It was easy then because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone say.”

Hemingway’s determination to write simple, true sentences began in his years as a journalist. Before the novels and the Nobel Prize, he sharpened his literary tools as a reporter, first in Kansas City, then in Toronto, and finally as a European correspondent.

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In Syria, Kurds Pay The Price Of Driving ISIS Out

Kobane Syria

Battered and bruised during the Syrian Civil War, Kobanî made for a prime ISIL target. In September 2014, Islamic State militants launched a siege of the city, driving out over 250,000 Kurds and capturing 350 surrounding Kurdish villages in the process. With the support of the Free Syrian Army, Kurdish People’s Protection Units and American-Arab airstrikes, Kobanî residents were able to reclaim their city. However, as seen in this photo, that home is largely ruined and its future remains uncertain. It seems that the biggest challenge, more than defeating ISIL, is rebuilding.

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