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From the borderlands

  • July 04, 2011
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I’m writing from Vilnius, the beautiful capital of Lithuania, after four days at the Polish town of Sejny, in the Polish/Lithuanian borderlands.   I was there as a guest of the Sejny-based Borderlands Foundation, to attend an event called the ‘European Agora’ as part of the centennial of the poet Czeslaw Milosz which is being celebrated in various ways across Poland.

The Borderlands Foundation is a unique experiment that began twenty years ago when a group of artists, actors and directors decided to relocate from Warsaw to Sejny, a small and remote town with...

The Man from Nowhere

  • April 26, 2011
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I recently visited the birthplace of Andy Warhol in eastern Slovakia, while researching my book on borders and immigration.   On Sunday I published a piece in the New York Times International Weekly based on some ideas that came out of that trip.   You can read the piece here:


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I’m a writer, campaigner and journalist.  My latest book is The Savage Frontier: The Pyrenees in History and the Imagination (New Press/Hurst, 2018).  The Infernal Machine is where I write on politics, history, cinema and other things that interest me.

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