Monday, August 13, 2007

On August 13, ...

... 2007 (today), portsiders throughout the world celebrate International Left-Handers' Day. (Saddled with identifiers like sinister and gauche, we need all the support we can get.) To the list of famous lefties on the day's official site we'll add 2 women already honored here at IntLawGrrls: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Helen Keller.
... 1966, following the 1st meeting in 4 years of the Central Committee of its Communist Party, China announced plans for what it called a "new leap forward" -- a program of anticapitalist purges and Maoist reindoctrination that came to be known as the Cultural Revolution. Among those targeted were teachers and scholars; a wonderful novel on how two young students coped is Dai Sijie's Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Ina Rilke translator).

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