Chapter 1: Down From the Highlands
For the next 15 issues, Word is proud to present excerpts from Wilfred Burchett’s seminal account of the American War. A close friend of Ho Chi Minh, Burchett was the only westerner to be embedded with the Viet Cong frontlines in the early 1960s. This work was written in 1964
There’s a part in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance where a family’s constantly leaking faucet contributes to a tense atmosphere in the house. Whenever something else goes wrong, a glass breaks or some other minor incident occurs, it’s almost too much.
In early 2009 a well-known financial advisor and analyst based in Vietnam told Word that now (or then) was the time to invest. He expounded his reasons, but the key one was that the market was subdued. A subdued market means lower costs — labour, raw materials, rental, real estate and so on. Businesses, he continued, should take advantage of this and invest now while the going was good.
In 1993, Swami Pranavananda was living a high-impact life in Los Angeles as an engineer in the aerospace sector working for the American defense industry. “I had done a lot of sports, but yoga seemed intelligent,” he recalls. “I started looking at things more closely and I realised there was something else I could be doing.”
(illustration by Cristina Nualart)
In his book Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond tries to explain why some civilizations were able to develop faster and more successfully than others. He pays particular attention to the domestication of large animals.