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From the website of the Oxford Dictionaries: So, what does vape mean? It originated as an abbreviation of vapour or vaporize. The OxfordDictionaries.com definition was added in August 2014: the verb means ‘to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by... Continue reading
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Carl Zimmer in The Loom: Feathers are like eyes or or hands. They’re so complex, so impressive in their adaptations, so good at getting a job done, that it can be hard at first to believe they evolved. Feathers today... Continue reading
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Morgan Meis in The Smart Set: El Greco is confusing. He is one of the few universally acknowledged great artists of history who does not fit into any of the established art movements or categories. Given his time period (late... Continue reading
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Sam Sacks in Open Letters Monthly: I suspect that Zadie Smith is more alive than anybody to the ironic fact that her first collection of nonfiction was supposed to be called Fail Better, except that it fell through, and what... Continue reading
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Ben Wolford in Newsweek: On the morning of March 2, 2005, a 14-year-old Japanese girl woke up scared. At first she thought someone was outside the house watching her, but then she decided the stranger must be inside. She wandered... Continue reading
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Massimo Pigliucci in Scientia Salon: The annual Stoic Week is approaching [1], so it seems like a good time to return to my ongoing exploration of Stoicism as a philosophy of life. I have been practicing Stoicism since 4 October... Continue reading
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Browse the nominees in the list below and then go to the bottom of the post to vote. Alphabetical list of nominated blog names followed by the blog post title: (Please report any problems with links in the comments section... Continue reading
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by Tasneem Zehra Husain Emergence is a word deep enough to lose oneself in. It alludes to realities appearing, not suddenly or out of nothing, but slowly dissolving in to our consciousness - like a fuzzy picture, coming into focus.... Continue reading
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“The attitude of man is twofold in accordance with the two basic words he can speak.” —Martin Buber, I and Thou . Conjugation In a diner my elbows rest upon Formica. I hold a book. Curlicues of vapor rise above... Continue reading
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by Akim Reinhardt I've made some deep runs in my time. I once drove non-stop from central Wyoming to eastern Iowa before passing out at a highway rest stop for a couple of hours, waking up with a scrambled brain,... Continue reading
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Tarek Montasser. Gentlemen Joking. 2014. Watercolor on paper. More here and here. Continue reading
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by Bill Benzon During the course of my adult life I have witnessed the collapse of the political culture of my nation, the United States of America. To be sure, there have been some good things – the Civil Rights... Continue reading
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by Josh Yarden Rembrandt, Abraham`s Sacrifice, 1635 On the verge of sacrificing his own son on an alter the one he loves bound for glory pausing to consider which he loves more Abraham says: "Abraham!" and he says, "Here I... Continue reading
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by Leanne Ogasawara His boss was known f... Continue reading
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by Eric Byrd Like Ségur's account of the retreat from Moscow and Grant's mostly martial memoirs, Pushkin's History of the Pugachev Revolt narrates a welter of suffering – axe-armed mobs, corpulent gentry flayed alive, a total civic breakdown in which... Continue reading
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by Matt McKenna Christopher Nolan's Interstellar may have been advertised as a science fiction blockbuster set in the vast nothingness of outer space, but the message of the film is clearly directed at more terrestrial concerns. While Interstellar attempts to... Continue reading
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Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. The French government has declared books an “essential good.” This week, Daniel Mendelsohn and Mohsin Hamid debate whether the United States should do the same. Daniel... Continue reading
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Elizabeth Kolbert in the New York Review of Books: Every fall, an international team of scientists announces how much carbon dioxide humanity has dumped into the atmosphere the previous year. This fall, the news wasn’t good. It almost never is.... Continue reading
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Michael Lewis in The New Republic: The grotesque inequality between the haves and the have-nots is seldom framed as a problem that the haves might privately help to resolve. Instead, it is a problem the have-nots must persuade their elected... Continue reading
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