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Joan W. Scott in The Nation: Since Wise's letter, a number of university leaders have echoed her invocation of civility. In September, Nicholas Dirks—once a postcolonial historian and anthropologist who wrote critically of British rule in India, and now chancellor... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at 3quarksdaily
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Slava Gerovitch in Nautilus: Here was a target that checked the ideological boxes. In May of 1950 Boris Agapov, the science editor of the Soviet Literary Gazette, penned a scornful critique of the American public’s fascination with “thinking machines.” He... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Kaelen Wilson-Goldie in Bookforum: In the months that have passed since three young men, two of them ex-convicts, gunned down the staff of a satirical magazine and patrons of a kosher grocery in Paris, killing seventeen people, including several artists—during... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Liam Barrington-Bush in openDemocracy: In most discussions, the answers to the questions above follow an understandable logic: if the problems are big, the solutions must be too. The allure of a ‘Big Solution’ is it represents the silver bullet we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Tom Gogola in The Baffler (via Bookforum): Located in the suburban settlement of St. George, the Mall of Louisiana—and most particularly, the millions in tax revenue it generates—was, until recently, ground zero in a fiercely pitched battle over the economic,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Charles Simic in NYRB blog: One of the compensations of being an insomniac in a snowbound house full of books is that I can always find something to read and distract myself from whatever mood I’m in. When it gets... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Mike Powell in Grantland: In November 2001, an unemployed Japanese travel agent named Takako Konishi was found dead outside Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Nobody knew Konishi was a travel agent, or what she was doing in Detroit Lakes, only that she... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Lizzie Wade in Wired: Go to any market in Mexico and you’ll see piles of grasshoppers—dusted with chile powder, roasted with garlic, sprinkled with lime juice. I’ve eaten grasshoppers ground up in salsas and semi-pulverized in micheladas, their intact legs... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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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 Mar 29, 2015 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 Mar 28, 2015 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 Mar 27, 2015 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 Mar 26, 2015 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 Mar 25, 2015 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 Mar 24, 2015 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