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在武侠小说之外,报人金庸的“决定性时刻”|深度|一周精选|端传媒 Initium Media
2000年,金庸在中国内地文学刊物《收获》杂志上,发表了一篇自传式散文,在文章的最后一段里,他是这样写道:

“金庸的小说写得并不好。不过他总是觉得,不应当欺压弱小,使得人家没有反抗能力而忍受极大的痛苦,所以他写武侠小说。他正在写的时候,以后重读自己作品的时候,常常为书中人物的不幸而流泪。他写杨过等不到小龙女而太阳下山时,哭出声来;他写张无忌与小昭被迫分手时哭了;写萧峰因误会而打死心爱的阿朱时哭得更加伤心;他写佛山镇上穷人钟阿四全家给恶霸凤天南杀死时热血沸腾,大怒拍桌,把手掌也拍痛了。他知道这些都是假的,但世上有不少更加令人悲伤的真事,旁人有很多,自己也有不少。”

终于在2018年,当金庸远去后,他不需要再面对和思考如今的世界和中国,不需要面对所有的褒贬和悲欢。他和池田大作一起“探求一个灿烂的世纪”的美好理想,也还远未来到。

斯人已逝,当我们回顾金庸近一个世纪的跌宕人生时,会发现他在所有的“决定性时刻”,或犹豫或坚定后所做的最终抉择,“好人应该有好报”这句评价中共前领导人赵紫阳的简单信条,就几乎是金庸在他的武侠世界和社评文章里所要讲的全部事情。
literature  journalism  newspaper  hongkong  leader  zhejiang  obituary  history  20C  1989/6/4 
november 2018 by aries1988
Interview with Emmanuel Macron: 'We Need to Develop Political Heroism' - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International

Nothing here should become habitual, because routine lends one a deceptive feeling of security. You begin not noticing certain things and lose your focus on what's important. Uncertainty and change keep you attentive.

It is a place laden with history. The emperors spent time here, Napoleon I and Napoleon III. In the Fourth Republic, it was the palace of a president without powers. Only in the Fifth Republic did Charles de Gaulle move back in.

Germany is different from France. You are more Protestant, which results in a significant difference. Through the church, through Catholicism, French society was structured vertically, from top to bottom. I am convinced that it has remained so until today.

France is a country of regicidal monarchists. It is a paradox: The French want to elect a king, but they would like to be able to overthrow him whenever they want.

I am a strong believer that modern political life must rediscover a sense for symbolism. We need to develop a kind of political heroism. I don't mean that I want to play the hero. But we need to be amenable once again to creating grand narratives. If you like, post-modernism was the worst thing that could have happened to our democracy. The idea that you have to deconstruct and destroy all grand narratives is not a good one. Since then, trust has evaporated in everything and everyone.

I am putting an end to the cronyism between politics and the media. For a president, constantly speaking to journalists, constantly being surrounded by journalists, has nothing to do with closeness to the people. A president should keep the media at arm's length.
interview  français  deutschland  newspaper  2017  macron  democracy  europe  politics  france  state  president  opinion  comparison  protestant  society  hierarchy  narrative  post  modernity  trust  media  idea  reform  heroism 
october 2017 by aries1988
Old Fulton NY Post Cards
这个家伙号称以一己之力,将 37,439,000 页美国和加拿大报纸过刊进行了数字化和细致的分类、索引,网站看起来是笨重的上世纪风格,但检索功能真的很强大: 。
archive  history  library  news  newspaper  usa 
january 2017 by aries1988
Battling for influence — Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief, Global Times
Few people in China have shaped debate on foreign affairs like the 56-year-old Mr Hu. For 11 years he has been editor-in-chief of the Global Times, a daily mix ofinternational news, military fan club and shrill commentary that has become the main window on the world for many Chinese. Mr Hu combines a boyish fascination with wars and weapons with a scorched-earth argumentative approach. That has won him as many enemies among China’s western-leaning “rightists” as friends on the ascendant left.

The Global Times is predictable in its world view: America wants to keep China down, Japan today is no different from the warmongering invader of the 1930s, other Asian countries are US puppets, Russia is a much-maligned partner in fending off the world-conquering ambitions of the US and Nato. Popular democracy is a disaster.

Tempering this incendiary mix is an ambition to make international news understandable and relevant.

“People used to see foreign affairs as something for the intelligentsia. Now, anything that happens in the world is related to China,” Mr Hu says. “Foreigners should understand the views of Chinese society to reduce the chance of misreading China. Chinese are unsatisfied, and it is our right to be heard.”
china  newspaper  journalism  nationalism  interview 
november 2016 by aries1988
Hong Kong Newspapers, Pro- and Anti-Beijing, Weigh In on Protests

“Considered the most credible Chinese-language daily, Ming Pao (明报) is a liberal voice that was founded by the Chinese novelist Louis Cha and was first published in 1959. Known for its precise use of language, many secondary schools in Hong Kong encourage students to subscribe to Ming Pao to improve their Chinese. In a recent article, the paper said that it was not Hong Kong’s desire to deny resolutions on the 2017 elections by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, but that Hong Kong just did not want a screening process for chief executive candidates.”
hongkong  showcase  newspaper 
october 2014 by aries1988

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