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Jonathan Rée in Prospect: Every October for the past 13 years, the Oxford Lieder Festival has been bringing classy performances of classical art songs to what used to be a rather unmusical town. I love it: great art taken seriously,... Continue reading
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Morgan Meis in The Smart Set: In the year 1905, Henri Matisse painted a portrait of his wife wearing a rather extraordinary hat. The painting was displayed at the Salon d’Automne in Paris that same year. Much shock and controversy... Continue reading
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by Emrys Westacott According to a number of studies done over several years, cheating is rife in US high schools and colleges. More than 60% of students report having cheated at least once, and it is quite likely that findings... Continue reading
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by Charlie Huenemann "It is therefore worth noting," Schopenhauer writes, "and indeed wonderful to see, how man, besides his life in the concrete, always lives a second life in the abstract." I suppose you might say that some of us... Continue reading
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Brooks Riley. Viennese Office Chair, circa 1910. More here and here. Thanks to Brooks. Continue reading
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by Brooks Riley I'm standing at the window looking north over a small garden with several different kinds of trees and bushes. If I refine my intake of visual information, I am, in fact, gazing at many different shades of... Continue reading
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by Randolyn Zinn Flipping through photos of a recent trip to Spain, I was struck by this one. A typical tobacco drying barn a few miles from Granada, Spain, in the fields of Fuento Vaqueros -- Federico Garcia Lorca’s birthplace.... Continue reading
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by Carl Pierer It is necessary that two men have the same number of hair, gold, and others.[i] This meme is taken from a scene in the Cohen brother's 1998 comedy "The Big Lebowski". During a game of bowling, Walter,... Continue reading
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by Thomas Rodham Wells You may have heard of the gender income gap. It is one of the most obvious signs that despite being equal in theory, women still lack real equality. Some of it is still due to active... Continue reading
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by Mathangi Krishnamurthy Long years ago, when I waddled around in pigtails, I said aloud the magic words that for many years characterized how I felt about the world, my world. "I will settle in America", I said. Neither did... Continue reading
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Natalie Wolchover in Quanta: Imagine an archipelago where each island hosts a single tortoise species and all the islands are connected — say by rafts of flotsam. As the tortoises interact by dipping into one another’s food supplies, their populations... Continue reading
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Pankaj Mishra in the New York Times: India, V.S. Naipaul declared in 1976, is “a wounded civilization,” whose obvious political and economic dysfunction conceals a deeper intellectual crisis. As evidence, he pointed out some strange symptoms he noticed among upper-caste... Continue reading
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Julian Assange in Newsweek: Eric Schmidt is an influential figure, even among the parade of powerful characters with whom I have had to cross paths since I founded WikiLeaks. In mid-May 2011 I was under house arrest in rural Norfolk,... Continue reading
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Neal Hartman in Nautilus: To those who say that there is no room for genius in modern science because everything has been discovered, Fabiola Gianotti has a sharp reply. “No, not at all,” says the former spokesperson of the ATLAS... Continue reading
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Farahnaz Ispahani Nina Shea in The Weekly Standard: Pakistan’s blasphemy law, which turns 30 this year, has become only more deadly with age. Since blasphemy was made a capital crime under the nation’s secular penal code, the effect has been... Continue reading
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Moustafa Bayoumi, Kayla Epstein, Alan Yuhas, and Eli Valley in The Guardian: Kayla Epstein: As this panel’s Orthodox Jewish participant, I’m aware that I’ve been asked to participate for a very specific purpose: to bring the bearing of my religious... Continue reading
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Gary Wills in the New York Review of Books: People are amazed or disgusted, or both, at today’s “power of the media.” The punch is in that plural, “media”—the twenty-four-hour flow of intermingled news and opinion not only from print... Continue reading
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Rebecca Morelle at the BBC: In the 1960s, researchers unearthed two gigantic dinosaur arms. For decades, scientists have speculated about what kind of beast they belonged to. Now, the rest of the dinosaur's body has been unearthed, and researchers say... Continue reading
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