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Simeon Wade and Heather Dundas in Boom California: Boom: How did you end up in Death Valley with Michel Foucault? Simeon Wade: I was performing an experiment. I wanted to see [how] one of the greatest minds in history would... Continue reading
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Julia Felsenthal in Vogue: When Dr. Jane Goodall poses for a photo, she counts down, “1, 2, 3, chimpanzee!” When she has a drink, it’s often scotch, which has the added benefit of soothing her sore throat. Goodall is hoarse... Continue reading
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Sarah Kliff in Vox: On September 28, 2016, a 3-year-old girl named Elodie Fowler slid into an MRI machine at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California. Doctors wanted to better understand a rare genetic condition that was causing... Continue reading
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Andrew J. Bacevich in the Boston Review: Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., the subject of a briskly readable and instructive new biography, would probably have taken issue with its title. He did not see himself as a chronicler of empire or... Continue reading
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Jedediah Purdy in n + 1: Fantasy answers a lack, however imperfectly. And so much is lacking. Every inhabited continent has been denuded of ecosystems and species. Most North American places have shed wolves, elk, moose, brown bears, panthers, bison,... Continue reading
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Christopher Glazek in Esquire: The newly installed Sackler Courtyard at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum is one of the most glittering places in the developed world. Eleven thousand white porcelain tiles, inlaid like a shattered backgammon board, cover a surface... Continue reading
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Michèle Mendelssohn in the Oxford University Press Blog: The idea that life imitates art is one of Oscar’s best yet most often misunderstood. It is central to his philosophy and to his own life. Take The Decay of Lying, for... Continue reading
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Sean Carroll in Preposterous Universe: Everyone is rightly excited about the latest gravitational-wave discovery. The LIGO observatory, recently joined by its European partner VIRGO, had previously seen gravitational waves from coalescing black holes. Which is super-awesome, but also a bit... Continue reading
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Sandhya Ramesh in The Wire: Astrophysicists today have released no less than seven papers on one of the biggest events not only reported in the media but also in the known universe. For the first time ever, we have definitive... Continue reading
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by Dave Maier Nowadays the term “postmodernism” is synonymous with a certain sort of trendy, obscurantist philosophical nihilism, the self-consciously radical negation of solid common sense (“Words have no meanings!” “There is no truth!”). This is a shame, as it... Continue reading
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. . . . Doppelganger down again in dark earth, our star's come to its congenial slant, on my knees I smell home awash in its scent, its birth hands in loam I rake to smooth it well, I say,... Continue reading
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by Michael Liss What happens when you get a bunch of lawyers together to discuss the possibility of a coup d'état? A Constitutional coup d'état? Don't faint. To the obvious disappointment of a journalist who attended, this wasn't some Trotskyite... Continue reading
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by Akim Reinhardt Factor 1: More than anything else in the world, more than having a happy marriage, more than raising healthy, well adjusted children, more than God, Mom, or Apple Pie, Donald J. Trump wants to be a WINNER.... Continue reading
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Yarrow Slaps. The Bay Area, 2015. More here and here. Continue reading
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by Leanne Ogasawara This is a true story. I first noticed Marco a few years ago when he was playing in a local university orchestra here in town. It was around Easter. My mom happened to be playing as an... Continue reading
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I want to suggest a new fault line that runs through the American psyche. It’s not about race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ideology (conservative or liberal, feminist or sexist), geography (north or south, east coast or west coast) or any of the attitudes about these basic differences. It’s about being cool or uncool. Are you a cool American like Obama? Or an uncool American like Trump? You can tell cool and uncool by how people walk. Obama walks like a sleek panther, while Trump walks like a constipated duck. Continue reading
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by Bill Benzon Coal, by Alexander G., April 7, 2012 No, I wasn’t a miner. But the job WAS all about coal. And you know what? I for damn sure know more about the coal business than President Trump. Let... Continue reading
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Ben Collyer in New Scientist: The emergence of state authority was a logical consequence of the move to settled agriculture, or so we thought. Until recently, we also assumed that ancient peoples welcomed the advantages of this way of life... Continue reading
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Matthew Chalmers in CERN Courier: Steven Weinberg was 34 when he produced his iconic “Model of Leptons”. The paper marked a moment of clarity in the history of particle physics and gave rise to the electroweak Standard Model, but it... Continue reading
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Molly Fischer in The Cut: Walking the Manhattan blocks near NYU, the poet Rupi Kaur wears a loose cream-colored suit and an air of easy self-assurance. Her hands rest in her pockets, her kimono-shaped jacket hangs open over a cropped... Continue reading
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Rebecca Roache in Aeon: The year 2010 saw the death of Boa Senior, the last living speaker of Aka-Bo, a tribal language native to the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. News coverage of Boa Senior’s death noted that... Continue reading
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