Scott Turow

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In one of those ironies that novelists relish, the on-again-off-again rape prosecution of the former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn seems to have gravely damaged the political careers of both the prosecutor and the defendant.

Mr. Strauss-Kahn, who was once the likely Socialist challenger to Nicolas Sarkozy in the next French presidential election, returns home seen, in the best light, as a self-confessed cad who had sex with a hotel maid just before lunching with his daughter and flying back to his wife.

The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., appears to have severely antagonized women’s groups and many African-Americans by his unwillingness to pit the word of a poor black woman against a powerful white man, and has also raised general questions about his competence for not sussing out problems in his case earlier.…  Seguir leyendo »

Archaeologists finished a remarkable dig last summer in East London. Among their finds were seven earthenware knobs, physical evidence of a near perfect 16th-century experiment into the link between commerce and culture.

When William Shakespeare was growing up in rural Stratford-upon-Avon, carpenters at that East London site were erecting the walls of what some consider the first theater built in Europe since antiquity. Other playhouses soon rose around the city. Those who paid could enter and see the play; those who didn’t, couldn’t.

By the time Shakespeare turned to writing, these “cultural paywalls” were abundant in London: workers holding moneyboxes (bearing the distinctive knobs found by the archaeologists) stood at the entrances of a growing number of outdoor playhouses, collecting a penny for admission.…  Seguir leyendo »