The Past Is a Foreign Country

A FEW days ago, before the bombing here and the shootings on Utoya Island, a friend and I were talking about how the joy of being alive always seems to go hand in hand with the sorrow that things change. Not even the brightest future can make up for the fact that no roads lead back to what came before — to the innocence of childhood or the first time we fell in love. Full Story »

Posted by Kristin Gorski - via New York Times (Most Emailed), New York Times (Opinion), AllTop, barbara trummpinski-roberts (t)
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Posted by: Posted by Kristin Gorski - Jul 26, 2011 - 7:19 PM PDT
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Edited by: Kristin Gorski - Jul 27, 2011 - 11:53 AM PDT

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Kristin Gorski
3.9
by Kristin Gorski - Jul. 27, 2011

A poignant reflection on Norway's response and future path in the light of the recent domestic terrorism. The writer deftly distills the national sentiment of Norwegians for their country and their corresponding world view so steady before -- and now shaky and newly forming after -- the horrible incidents of last week.

After the bomb went off — an explosion I felt in my home over a mile away — and reports of the shootings out on the island of Utoya began to come in, I asked my ... More »

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Russell Imrie
3.8
by Russell Imrie - Jul. 27, 2011

An exposé that answers a question many must have had–how had the Oslo murders impacted individual Norwegians? Of all places, the tidy, liberal nation and its dependably calm society had experienced a shock, one that would not go back in the box, and promised a national transformation. Well written and poignant, not disassociated from the event–the bomb was clearly heard by the author and his child. As an American Indian, I never ever have enjoyed an innocence like Norwegians seemed to savor. I might say welcome to the real world, but this article transcends such.

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