From Eurozine, "normality" has been close to the hearts of eastern Europeans during transition; yet a comparative history of the concept in eastern and western Europe reveals meanings that are multiple, changeable, even oxymoronic. From Monthly Review, from borderline to borderland: An article on the changing European border regime. From Cafe Babel, a look at the traditions and ideas which caused a rupture in vulgarity in Europe. A review of Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? The Transformation of Modern Europe by James J. Sheehan. The real fissure, it seems, runs not across the Atlantic, but across America between urban and rural spheres; those who argue that the transatlantic alliance is irreversibly drifting apart are doing little more than blowing smoke.