Here is my contribution to The Translation Chain.
I started a new collaboration with The Great Translation Chain. Supporting causes in the world.
Now overgrown by jungle, the ancient site was once the thriving capital of the Maya civilization.
EVERYONE knows the stereotypes about foreigners speaking English: Scandinavians are shockingly fluent, while the Japanese lag despite years and billions of yen spent trying….
Qatar’s extraordinary bid — it is the smallest country to host the tournament — involves the construction from scratch of nine surreal new stadiums, at the cost of tens of billions of dollars of the nation’s considerable petrowealth. The structures will be powered by solar panels — a good gesture for the environment given that the Qataris intend to air-condition all the complexes to combat the Persian Gulf state’s soaring summer temperatures. (FIFA has also said it would support moving the tournament to the winter because of the heat.)
In most of the world, scheduling a concert for 6 a.m. would be eccentric, to say the least. Add that the venue is a cliff-side grotto reachable only by a half-hour hike, and it sounds almost perverse. Not so on Capri, the idyllic island in Italy’s Gulf of Naples whose natural beauty has drawn gatherings since Roman times….
Two comic book veterans—who authored the graphic adaptation of the 9/11 Report—train their talents on the young diarist.
A German archaeologist has finally deciphered the Roman amphitheater’s amazing underground labyrinth.
Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo painted witty, even surreal portraits composed of fruits, vegetables, fish and trees.
This is the transcript of TIME managing editor Richard Stengel’s interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange via Skype on Nov. 30, 2010.