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Jesse McCarthy in The Point: In 1988 no one in France took the hip-hop movement seriously. It was the rec-room era. JoeyStarr and Kool Shen were just two kids from Seine-Saint-Denis, the 93rd ward, a neglected tract of housing projects... Continue reading
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Carl Zimmer in his excellent blog, The Loom: In November, National Geographic put a ladybug and a wasp on its cover. They made for a sinister pair. The wasp, a species called Dinocampus coccinellae, lays an egg inside the ladybug... Continue reading
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Edward Rackley in Warscapes: Urban development in the High Arctic can be a drab affair. Buildings are inelegant steel boxes fit for lunar colonies, clustered against withering winds and inhumanly low temperatures—"post-industrial morgue" might be the cynic’s take. Walking the... Continue reading
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Jon Baskin in The Nation: Although he has only published two books of fiction, Ben Lerner has already earned a reputation as a literary bellwether. His first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station(2011), was praised by James Wood for featuring a... Continue reading
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Thanaa El-Naggar in Gawker: The scenario I'm about to describe has happened to me more times than I can count, in more cities than I can remember, mostly in Western cities here in the U.S. and Europe. I walk into... Continue reading
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Justin E. H. Smith in the Chronicle of Higher Education: As recently as a few months ago, the common wisdom seemed to be that the only people who raise concerns about illiberalism in academic life are the embarrassing old avuncular... Continue reading
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Massimo Pigliucci in Scientia Salon: Skeptic magazine publisher Michael Shermer has gotten onto the same “science can determine moral values” bandwagon as other scientistically-minded writers such as Sam Harris. But this commentary isn’t directly about Shermer’s latest book [1], and... Continue reading
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Declan Walsh in the New York Times: For decades, royal Arab hunting expeditions have traveled to the far reaches of Pakistan in pursuit of the houbara bustard — a waddling, migratory bird whose meat, they believe, contains aphrodisiac powers. Little... Continue reading
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Richard Seymour in Lenin's Tomb: Syriza has been defeated in the first round of negotiations. After a period of enjoyable defiance, during which they won the backing of the overwhelming majority of the Greek people - 80% according to a... Continue reading
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From The Hindu: In an interview to Rajgopal Saikumar, Prof. Bilgrami, the Sidney Morgenbesser Chair in Philosophy; Professor, Committee on Global Thought; Director, South Asian Institute at Columbia University and author of Secularism, Identity and Enchantment (2014) explained what autonomy... Continue reading
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Curry houses are also a dominant setting in much writing by authors of South Asian heritage in the UK. Writers working in Urdu, English, and Bengali have evoked both South Asians living in Britain and the restaurant fare they produce. In this essay, Claire Chambers extrapolates a strand from her forthcoming book Britain Through Muslim Eyes, Literary Representations, 1780−1988 (Palgrave: autumn 2015) and discusses the history and cultural representation of curries in Britain. Continue reading
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by Mandy de Waal "I never realised that I had a problem until quite recently. Before this I thought it was normal. I thought that everyone thinks (about money) the way I do," says Charles Hugo (not his real name)... Continue reading
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OLD FORMS WILL NOT BE ENTERTAINED (a sign at the India Consulate, New York) For David Barsamian Old chants to the Ganges shall not be entertained Dead cows float in holy water unrestrained Family roots shall be ascertained Nationality of... Continue reading
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by Yohan J. John Metaphor is a hallmark of human communication, and a vital tool of scientific thinking. Along with its more formal cousin, analogy, metaphor allows us to create linguistic and conceptual bridges from the known to the unknown.... Continue reading
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Loris Gréaud. The Unplayed Notes Museum. 2015 "What exactly will happen during the opening on Saturday? “If I tell you too much,” the artist says, following something like secret-agent protocol, “It will kill the idea.”" ... "On the evening of... Continue reading
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by Namit Arora What to make of the verdict in Delhi’s Assembly elections this month? After a dismal show in the national election last year, when many had written it off, the Aam Aadmi (‘common man’) Party achieved a crushing... Continue reading
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by Lisa Lieberman He had told me that he shredded street posters himself to uncover the ones hidden beneath the newer strata. He pulled the strips down layer by layer and photographed them meticulously, stage by stage, down to the... Continue reading
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by Aditya Dev Sood This standalone piece is part of a special series on Startup Tunnel, a new incubator based in New Delhi. Links to earlier articles appear at the end of the article. This past week I led a... Continue reading
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Phil McKenna in The Big Roundtable: “In this area you should go just behind me,” the stout man says, the th of his this buzzing like a bee. Then, as if to reassure me, he adds, “I’ve been here before,... Continue reading
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Emma Woolf in Newsweek: “I caused some slight argument with Leonard this morning by trying to cook my breakfast in bed. I believe, however, that the good sense of the proceeding will make it prevail; that is, if I can... Continue reading
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Simon Dedeo in Nautilus: John Ruskin called it the pathetic fallacy: to see rainstorms as passionate, drizzles as sad, and melting streams as innocent. After all, the intuition went, nature has no human passions. Imagine Ruskin’s surprise, then, were he... Continue reading
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Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker: Darwin Day, February 12th, passed last week without much fuss, even from those of us who have written at length about the man it honors. Celebrating Charles Darwin’s birthday has some of the vibe... Continue reading
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