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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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Adam Shatz in the London Review of Books: The Death of Klinghoffer, John Adams’s 1991 opera about the hijacking of the Achille Lauro by the Palestine Liberation Front in 1985, has achieved a rare distinction in contemporary classical music: it’s... Continue reading
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David Remnick in The New Yorker: Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee, the most charismatic and consequential newspaper editor of postwar America, died at the age of ninety-three on Tuesday. Among his many bequests to the Republic was a catalogue of swaggering anecdotes... Continue reading
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Rory Stewart in the New York Review of Books: Ashraf Ghani, who has just become the president of Afghanistan, once drafted a document for Hamid Karzai that began: There is a consensus in Afghan society: violence…must end. National reconciliation and... Continue reading
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Daniel C. Dennett in Prospect: For several millennia, people have worried about whether or not they have free will. What exactly worries them? No single answer suffices. For centuries the driving issue was about God’s supposed omniscience. If God knew... Continue reading
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Kristin Hohenadel in Slate: Held annually since 2009 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ArtPrize is a democratic art competition open to anyone in the world over age 18, with generous cash prizes awarded by both a jury of experts and popular... Continue reading
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Michael Mark Cohen in Medium: I am a white, middle class male professor at a big, public university, and every year I get up in front of a hundred and fifty to two hundred undergraduates in a class on the... Continue reading
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Jaroslav Flegr is no kook. And yet, for years, he suspected his mind had been taken over by parasites that had invaded his brain. So the prolific biologist took his science-fiction hunch into the lab. What he’s now discovering will... Continue reading
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by Gerald Dworkin Tom Paulin In the light of the recent fire-storm over the hirefire of Steven Salaita, I thought it might be interesting to revisit a case which raised similar issues about whether there are limits to what a... Continue reading
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by Rishidev Chaudhuri At first (and at second, and third) glance, the use of spices in the cuisines of the subcontinent is a subtle and mysterious art, full of musty cupboards staffed by aging apothecaries (and grandmothers) and intertwined with... Continue reading
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by Hari Balasubramanian You might wonder who is conversing with whom. The best description I have is that these are two voices or perspectives in my head debating each other. "This thing called the sense of self, the ego or... Continue reading
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Hedge we unload the freight of day as night wraps up what day has told there’s not much more to say— myself in shade, eagle in her hold both are restless in day’s throes. who among us really understands what... Continue reading
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by Shadab Zeest Hashmi This past summer, news of the Gaza massacres came most revealingly in images and videos taken with cell phones— the devices originally intended to connect us through voice, chronicling instead the horrors befalling Palestinians in real... Continue reading
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by Akim Reinhardt Part I of this essay appeared last month. Thus continues my grand voyage, in which a rusty ‘98 Honda Accord shuttles me from one end of North America to the other and back again . . .... Continue reading
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by Grace Boey Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about Internet trolls. I’d always been vaguely aware of their presence, and had read some articles here and there about the threats they pose to constructive debate—but I never truly realized... Continue reading
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Walter Johnston. Flaky Thorn Acacia. Timbavati, South Africa, 2014. Digital photograph. On safari in August we were told that a "gall making wasp" injects a kind of growth hormone into the thorn to make it expand (see below) and thus... Continue reading
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by Bill Benzon “The interests of humanity may change, the present curiosities in science may cease, and entirely different things may occupy the human mind in the future.” One conversation centered on the ever accelerating progress of technology and changes... Continue reading
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Lauren Davis extemporizes about how astronauts became known as gods: The stories told of ancient beings so powerful that they could fling themselves into space and explore the points of light in the heavens. When Lady Adelaide moved into one... Continue reading
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by Josh Yarden Here We Go A-Gain I just finished reading the end of the Five Books of Moses, again, and even though I did not read the entire five books this year, or any other year for that matter,... Continue reading
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