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by Justin E. H. Smith Carmen Giménez Smith & Steph Burt Photos by Evan Lavender-Smith & Jessica Bennett On August 7, The Nation announced the appointment of Steph Burt and Carmen Giménez Smith as its new poetry editors. Beginning in... Continue reading
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OK, so here we have a racist bigot, a sexist serial assaulter of women, an utter crook, who had to settle the fraud of Trump University for $50 million bucks, a braggart who cheats in his golf game, a man devoid of morals, a fat lump of loathsome excrement, and he is our president. Continue reading
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Michael Stamm. Untitled. 2015-now. More here and here. Continue reading
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by Paul North With the previous post I began a new series, cognominated "Reports from an Academy." The reports are pure fiction. Imagine, if you would, a middle-aged professor of literature at an elite institution, call it Nevahwen University. Each... Continue reading
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by Akim Reinhardt It began with Emmett Till. He was a fourteen year old black boy from Chicago visiting relatives in Mississippi in 1954 when two white men lynched him to death for whistling at a white woman. That in... Continue reading
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by Michael Liss I don't want to talk about affirmative action. It's a messy, horrible topic. I just don't want to talk about it. But earlier this month, the New York Times reported on a new Jeff Sessions initiative to... Continue reading
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by Sarah Firisen Watch this video. No, I mean, right now, go and watch this video, I’ll wait. Even if you don’t agree with all of it, even if you think it’s unnecessary scaremongering, you should still find it thought... Continue reading
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by Dave Maier Previous installments: pt. 1, pt. 2, pt. 3 A few months back I wrote a letter to the editor of my local newspaper, the first time I had ever done that, and they printed it. A number... Continue reading
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by Bill Benzon In 1889 a young Paiute Indian named Wovoka fell ill with a fever and, in his delirium, visited heaven. While there he talked with God and saw that all the Indians who had died were now young... Continue reading
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Zoë Heller in the New York Review of Books: Perhaps the greatest service that the director Patty Jenkins does her protagonist in Wonder Woman, the Warner Brothers blockbuster released this June, is to give her a new set of clothes.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Steven Nelson in the Washington Examiner: The left-wing "Antifa" movement is rising in prominence after clashing with white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., but one progressive scholar says the anti-fascists feed the fire they seek to extinguish. "As for Antifa, it's... Continue reading
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Amit Chaudhuri in The Guardian: The idea that a “book of the year” can be assessed annually by a bunch of people – judges who have to read almost a book a day – is absurd, as is the idea... Continue reading
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Hilary Lamb interviews Mariana Mazzucato in Times Higher Education: What are the greatest misconceptions surrounding innovation policy? That innovation happens when the state gets out of the way. As I showed in The Entrepreneurial State, exactly the opposite is true.... Continue reading
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Michael Shermer in The American Scholar: Have you ever thought about killing someone? I have, and I confess that it brought me peculiar feelings of pleasure to fantasize about putting the hurt on someone who had wronged me. I am... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at 3quarksdaily
Video length: 6:10 And for comparison, here is Mehdi Hassan singing a longer version of the same: Video length: 12:45 Continue reading
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Matt Bruenig in People's Policy Project: In the New York Times, David Leonhardt shared a version of the following graph produced by Piketty, Saez, and Zucman as part of their Distributive National Accounts project. What the graph shows is that... Continue reading
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Richard Marshall interviews Fiona Wollard in 3:AM Magazine: 3:AM: Why don’t you think we could just take it as a basic fact that doing harm is ethically worse than allowing harm but not acting oneself? And if we don’t like... Continue reading
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Sam Leith in The Spectator: How do they do it? Among writers, the earnest audience member at a literary festival who asks, ‘Do you write by hand or on a computer?’ is a sort of running joke; an occasion for... Continue reading
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Cynthia Haven in The Book Haven: A month ago, I received a package from Berlin with a note from Ryan Ruby, author of The Zero and the One. Our point of connection was the French theorist René Girard: “In a... Continue reading
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From Phys.org: At the center of our galaxy, roughly 26,000 light years from Earth, lies the supermassive black hole (SMBH) known as Sagittarius A*. Measuring 44 million km across, this object is roughly 4 million times as massive as our... Continue reading
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This is another of my posts with which I attempt to bring our readers opinions usually outside their comfort zone. Please read it charitably and if you respond, do so in a civil and thoughtful manner or risk getting banned... Continue reading
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Daniel Judt in The Point: Before my dad died in August 2010, he had begun work on his next book. “The time has come,” he had decided, “to write about more than just the things one understands; it is just... Continue reading
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Kevin Hartnett in Quanta: Strike a billiard ball on a frictionless table with no pockets so that it never stops bouncing off the table walls. If you returned years later, what would you find? Would the ball have settled into... Continue reading
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