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Matthew Beaumont in The Guardian: Who walks alone in the streets at night? The sad, the mad, the bad. The lost, the lonely. The sleepless, the homeless. All the city’s internal exiles. The night has always been the time for... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at 3quarksdaily
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William Langewiesche in The Atlantic (originally published 2001): But that's getting ahead of the story. Back on October 31, 1999, with the first news of the crash, it was hard to imagine any form of pilot error that could have... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Christa Gray in OUPblog: The Renaissance vision of Jerome (c. 347-420 AD), as depicted by Albrecht Dürer in a world-famous engraving of 1514, seems to represent an ideal type of the scholar: secluded in the desert, far removed from the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Maryam Omidi in The Guardian (h/t Chapati Mystery): Dubbed “the world’s most violent megacity”, armed muggings, carjackings and extortion are part of everyday life in Karachi, where political and criminal forces vie for ownership of the city. The result is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Julia Belluz in Vox: In 2003, researchers writing in the American Journal of Medicine discovered something that should change how you think about medical news. They looked at 101 studies published in top scientific journals between 1979 and 1983 that... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Laura Miller in Vulture: Annie Proulx got ficced. In a recent interview in the Paris Review, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author confessed that she wishes she’d never written her most famous work, the short story “Brokeback Mountain,”about the star-crossed romance between... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Andrew Conway on Cloudmark Security Blog (via The Browser): Credit: The Oatmeal The first place you might consider attacking would be the DNS root name servers. These control the very top level of DNS, and without them no server on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Rohini Mohan in Yahoo News India (h/t Chapati Mystery): In the last week of February, the first week of Parliament’s summer session, Delhi was festooned with protest. Men in white dhotis and women in several colors of bright marched around... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Spencer Robins in The Paris Review: By the time he decided to teach, Wittgenstein was well on his way to being considered the greatest philosopher alive. First at Cambridge, then as an engineer and soldier, Wittgenstein had finished his Tractatus... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Seth Ackerman on his blog: I remembered finding something surprising in the U.S. stats when I looked at them a while ago. It turns out that the smallest racial disparities in U.S. imprisonment rates are in the Deep South, while... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Daniel Brook in The Baffler: In a speech to the financial elite of India delivered in Mumbai in 2010, president Barack Obama opted for an unusual form of flattery. He saluted “all the Mumbaikars who get up every day in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Hasan Azad interviews Talal Asad in Jadaliyya: Let me first of all address the question of transcendence. The irony, it seems to me, is that although self-styled atheists say they reject “transcendence,” they are in fact subject (often willingly subject)... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Allison Gehlhaus in Brain, Child: It’s been an eye-opening twelve years. A time to examine some preconceived—literally—notions regarding the raising of boys and girls. Especially my own. I had been stunned and hurt by the comments I heard after the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Elizabeth McAlister in The Immanent Frame: This speech form is known as imprecatory prayer, from the Latin, imprecate, “invoking evil or divine vengeance; cursing.” The use of scripture as a form of imprecatory prayer has long been covertly practiced by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Steven Shapin in Boston Review: Can science make you good? Of course it can’t, some will be quick to say—no more than repairing cars or editing literary journals can. Why should we think that science has any special capacity for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Martin Kettle in The Guardian's Comment is free: Thomas Cromwell is the politician of the moment. We seem entranced by him. How cunning and deep he is. How clever and calculating. With what skill he acquires, husbands and uses his... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Francis FitzGibbon in London Review of Books: Zakat, the Quranic obligation on Muslims to give alms for the relief of poverty, is one of the five pillars of Islam. The Holy Land Foundation (HLF), founded in 1988 by American citizens... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Erica Wald on Dissertation Reviews: Between 1880 and 1940, the association between alcohol and the Indian nation shifted dramatically. Eric Colvard’s work examines the lesser-studied role of temperance within Indian nationalism, exploring the history of nationalism (and nation-construction) through the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Sulome Anderson in The Atlantic: It’s hard to listen to a psychiatrist who sounds so broken. I expect a mental-health provider to seem healthy, detached. But even over the phone, the weariness in Dr. Brown’s voice is palpable. “This is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Maggie Jones in the New York Times Magazine: That night, Klunder and her friends passed plates of bibimbap (rice topped with meat and vegetables), soondubu jjigae (tofu stew) and pa jun (scallion pancake) around the table and ordered bottles of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Chrissie Giles in mosaic: “She kept saying to me, ‘It’s going to be fine, isn’t it?’ And I’m saying, ‘We’ll do everything we can, let’s just do a few tests and figure out what’s going on.’ At that stage in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Mujib Mashal in Bloomberg Businessweek: In a few minutes we reach the compound of the 1st Battalion 9th Marines—“The Walking Dead,” as a yellow logo proclaims inside one of its rooms. The U.S. Marines packed up a year ago, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Jenni Marsh in South China Morning Post Magazine: "My husband is the best Chinese chef in Zambia," says Liu Xiuyi, a former takeaway employee from Chongqing. "Whenever the president has Chinese guests in Lusaka, my husband is hired to cook... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Samuel Moyn in Dissent: A powerful wave of historians insist, however, that federalism was no flash in the pan. They contend that the nation-state was not inevitable, especially when it was time for France to decolonize in Africa. These historians... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Emily T. Troscianko on the Centre for Medical Humanities blog: Image credit: Gerrit Dou, The Dropsical Woman (detail), c. 1663 It was a surprise, and a fairly depressing one, especially given how much interest philosophical questions of ethics in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at 3quarksdaily