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by Dave Maier If you ever meet a guy who tells you that he is a skeptic, most likely he means that he doesn’t believe in angels or fairies or anything “metaphysical”. Maybe he is a member of CSICOP (the... Continue reading
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Pakistan is digging trenches —graves for people who have not yet died as the country prepares for another record-breaking heat wave. Scientists place the blame for rising temperatures squarely on climate change. ............................................................. —IndiaTimes, May 23, 2016 Diggers Dig ...diggers... Continue reading
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by Michael Liss Film still from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance It is time for navel-gazing here in the US. We are about to have an election in which the two likely nominees have managed to alienate the electorate... Continue reading
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by Humera Afridi Mere steps from Castle Clinton in Battery Park, on the southern tip of Manhattan, stands a striking bronze sculpture titled, The Immigrants. Created in 1973 by the Spanish sculptor Luis Sanguino, it portrays a group of individuals... Continue reading
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Few Americans know that in concert with the abominable Newt Gingrich, Clinton was secretly getting ready in 1997 to privatize Social Security, before he got distracted by America’s discovery that when he pulled his stiffie from Monica Lewinsky’s luscious mouth, he splooged presidential pearl jam all over her dress. Continue reading
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by Leanne Ogasawara I was recently readi... Continue reading
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Sughra Raza. Scaffolding. April, 2016. Digital Photograph. Continue reading
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by Evan Edwards I have a copy of Franz Wright's Walking to Martha’s Vineyard on my bedside table. It has been there since my son was born last year. I’ve been trying to educate myself on contemporary poets for more... Continue reading
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by Ryan Ruby This month, two minor controversies revived the specter of the "language wars" and reintroduced the literary internet to the distinction between prescriptivism and descriptivism. One began when Han Kang's novel The Vegetarian won the Man Booker Prize... Continue reading
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by Bill Benzon My paternal grandfather, Axel Benzon, was a Dane. He and his wife, Louise, immigrated to America early in the 20th Century. He was trained as an engineer, was educated in the classics, and took up photography and... Continue reading
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—because despite being enlightened, civilized, advanced, and free, we are trapped— by Paul North In the 1930s a Hungarian psychiatrist, Leopold Szondi, began to think that families predetermine the lives of their members, before he was deported to Bergen-Belsen because... Continue reading
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by Matt McKenna Angry Birds is one of those generic children’s films that incorporates already popular intellectual property to mitigate the risk of losing money. The logic is that kids might skip a boring film about madcap animated animals, but... Continue reading
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by Akim Reinhardt Hotter. I need it to be hotter. I'm sitting in the backyard of my sister's carriage house apartment in Orange, California, a circle of jolly boutique and micro brew quaintness amid the sprawling shit hole that is... Continue reading
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Charles Yu in The New Yorker: Once upon a time, there was a man whose therapist thought it would be a good idea for the man to work through some stuff by telling a story about that stuff. The man... Continue reading
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Ed Yong in The Atlantic: In February 1990, thanks to a 15-year-old boy named Bruno Kowalsczewski, footsteps echoed through the chambers of Bruniquel Cave for the first time in tens of thousands of years. The cave sits in France’s scenic... Continue reading
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With the Democratic primaries grinding to a bitter end, I have suggestions for both Clinton and Sanders supporters that neither will like. Robert Reich in Raw Story: First, my advice to Clinton supporters: Don’t try to drum Bernie Sanders out... Continue reading
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Andrew Altschul and Mark Slouka in Literary Hub: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE Because, as writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power; Because we believe that... Continue reading
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Nicola Barker in The Spectator: The rough English translation of Kamasutra is pleasure (kama) treatise (sutra). In the West, since it was first (rather surreptitiously) translated and published back in 1883, the book has generally been associated with a series... Continue reading
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Dina Fine in Scientific American: Federal scientists released partial findings Friday from a $25-million animal study that tested the possibility of links between cancer and chronic exposure to the type of radiation emitted from cell phones and wireless devices. The... Continue reading
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Lorraine Daston in The Point: Some of you may be mentally re-parsing my title to something more like “Can Liberal Education Be Saved from the Sciences?” For today’s embattled humanities, the sciences have come to stand for the antithesis of... Continue reading
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Ishaan Tharoor in the Washington Post: Just minutes before his birthday, Masonda Ketanda Olivier was beaten to death. The Congolese national was confronted by a mob of men late at night last Friday in New Delhi and killed. Police said... Continue reading
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Marcus du Sautoy in Prospect: If I ruled the world, the first thing I would do is to make sure that everyone understood Euclid’s proof that there is an infinity of prime numbers. To some people that might seem like... Continue reading
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From Li.st: The President is very comfortable with chopsticks. He handled the sticky, hard to separate noodles that accompany the pork and the broth components of Bun Cha skillfully. He even went in for seconds. The President is an Asiaphile.... Continue reading
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