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Ben Zimmer in the Visual Thesaurus: As has become the custom for the LinguaFile series on Lexicon Valley, I presented the hosts Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield with a mystery word. This time, I had them guess the word that... Continue reading
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by Josh Yarden The new year, Rosh HaShana, according to the Hebrew Calendar, arrives this week with the coming of the new moon. As we also reach the end of the annual cycle of Torah readings, I revisited the final... Continue reading
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Frans de Waal has picked the three winners from the nine finalists: Top Quark, $500: Eric Michael Johnson, Promiscuity Is Pragmatic Strange Quark, $200: Christie Wilcox, Did Allergies Evolve To Save Your Life? Charm Quark, $100: Carl Zimmer, The Wisdom... Continue reading
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by Namit Arora Former changing rooms in the Birla Industries Club ‘No man ever steps in the same river twice,’ wrote Heraclitus, the ancient Greek philosopher, ‘for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.’ Some also... Continue reading
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by Tasneem Zehra Husain It sounds a bit ridiculous when you admit your jealousy of inanimate objects. If you confess that you covet the skill with which these lifeless forms navigate their circumstances, you're bound to get some strange looks.... Continue reading
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by Akim Reinhardt I'm currently circling the nation in a black and orange ‘98 Honda Accord, my rusted chariot. About 7,500 miles in a little over two months. That's the plan. As far north as North Dakota, as far south... Continue reading
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by Leanne Ogasawara Fitzcarraldo: "As tr... Continue reading
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Ray Smith. Red Army, 1991. Painted steel. Digital photograph taken by Sughra Raza at Kentuck Knob sculpture park, PA, Sept 5, 2014. (Thanks to Akila and Ute Viswanathan). More here and here. Continue reading
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By Eric Byrd Journey to the Abyss: The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler, 1880-1918 The Belle Époque cosmopolitan, after bidding Rodin adieu at the Gare du Nord the day of the Austrian ultimatum, returned to Germany and donned the feldgrau... Continue reading
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My take on the evolving conversation around feminism today. Continue reading
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by Bill Benzon In The Only Game in Town: Digital Criticism Comes of Age I argued that digital criticism was the most important development in contemporary literary studies because it is the only line of investigation that presents us with... Continue reading
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"Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive/But to be young was very heaven," wrote Wordsworth on the eve of the French Revolution. Though his words could equally have been describing a very different time and place and another, later, revolution where to be young was, also, ‘very heaven'. Continue reading
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by Matt McKenna I didn't see the first Dolphin Tale movie starring Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, and a couple kids who look as if were custom built at the Disney Channel Research Lab, but allow me to synopsize the... Continue reading
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Seth Stevenson in Slate: Before any of the six entrants in the 2014 Sinquefield Cup had nudged a white pawn to e4, they’d already been hailed as the strongest collection of chess talent ever assembled. The tournament, held in St.... Continue reading
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Jonathan Webb at the BBC: A major study suggests that killing among chimpanzees results from normal competition, not human interference. Apart from humans, chimpanzees are the only primates known to gang up on their neighbours with lethal results - but... Continue reading
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Carl Zimmer in his excellent blog, The Loom: There’s a unity to life. Sometimes it’s plain to see, but very often it lurks underneath a distraction of differences. And a new study shows that there’s even a hidden unity between... Continue reading
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Daniel Genis in The Concourse: When I tell people that I recently finished serving a 10-year prison sentence for armed robbery, mostly in maximum-security facilities, I often feel a question lingering in the air. The moment I sense it, I... Continue reading
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Marc Parry in the Chronicle of Higher Education: On a Friday night in early August, Corey Robin put out a call on his blog. There had been plenty of grumbling over the University of Illinois’s decision to revoke a job... Continue reading
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Elliott Colla in his blog: My first year as a student in Cairo. I visit Cairo’s main book market located in the famous area of Ezbekiyya. When Napoleon tried to conquer Egypt, this was the site of a man-made lake... Continue reading
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James Bennet in The Atlantic: In his distinction-defying way, Clinton has managed to prove the worriers both right and, more fundamentally, wrong. He certainly hasn’t focused; instead, he has found a way to turn his appetite for everything and everyone—along... Continue reading
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