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Stephen Burt in The New Yorker: The name we’ve been using for this stuff is anachronistic. Here’s a better name. Truth-claims from our discipline cannot be properly judged without expertise that almost no one in our discipline has. Our discipline... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Tom Holland in The Guardian: Dinosaurs, though, have never just been for children. From the time when they were first classified, back in the days of the Napoleonic wars, up to the present, they have served as the focus for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Katie Kilkenny in PSMag: In recent years, the bro has been called out for his privilege, for his sexism, his racism, and the rhetorical ubiquity of the term that defines him. It wasn't always this way; around 10 years ago,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Michael Erard in Aeon: If you could ask Dante where he got the idea of life as a road, or Rilke where he found the notion that time is a destroyer, they might have said the metaphors were hewn from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Darby English in The Guardian's Comment is free: For those who inhabit our condition, strolling confidently into imposing architectures filled with works of accomplished art may appear to entail a particular risk. Because yes: judged by the makeup of their... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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In The Economist: For those at the top, James Brown’s observation that it is a man’s, man’s, man’s world still holds true. Some 95% of Fortune 500 CEOs are male, as are 98% of the self-made billionaires on the Forbes... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Heather Schwedel in Salon: "There is alcohol in this establishment. You love alcohol!” These words recently greeted me from a chalkboard sign at a bar a few blocks away from my apartment. The sheer cheekiness nearly knocked me over. If... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Mark Kukis in Aeon: Since the early 1980s, conflicts have generally become more fragmented, meaning they involve more than two warring parties. The spread of internal conflicts has led outside nations to become more involved, which tends to prolong hostilities.... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Julie Bosman in the NYTimes: Two teenagers hanged themselves in December. In the next three months, seven more young people were found dead, including Alanie Martin, 14, who was known for her love of basketball, cheerleading and traditional Indian hand... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Bill Keller's interview with David Simon, creator of HBO's The Wire on The Marshall Project: The situation you described has been around for a while. Do you have a sense of why the Freddie Gray death has been such a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Deborah Rudacille in Aeon: Thousands of working-class communities around the country lament the shuttering of blast furnaces, coke ovens, mines and factories. This yearning for a vanishing industrial United States, a place in long, slow decline thanks to globalisation and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange investigates the book behind Snowden, Oliver Stone's forthcoming film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Nicolas Cage, Scott Eastwood and Zachary Quinto. According to leaked Sony emails, movie rights for the book were bought for $700,000. Julian... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Leslie Garrett in Medium: Every Thursday at Georges P. Vanier Junior High School, a dozen adolescent boys assemble in an unused classroom. They gather around a large table, doing their best to ignore the girl power posters and sparkles that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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Ken Armstrong in The Paris Review (via The Browser): On the night of October 13, 1761, cries rang from the shop of Jean Calas, a cloth merchant who lived and worked in the commercial heart of Toulouse, in the South... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at 3quarksdaily
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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 Apr 17, 2015 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 Apr 16, 2015 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