If a people have never spoken, the first words they utter are poetry.

-- Ferdinando Camon in La Stampa, December 16, 1989

He was referring to Czechoslovakia's "Velvet Revolution." I just read this quote in Tony Judt's amazing Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945. Vaclav Havel will be artist in residence for eight weeks at Columbia University this fall.

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Published on August 29, 2006 6:52 PM.

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