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September 09, 2014

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7:41 PM | THE FALCONERS OF THE EASTERN PONTOS
Alexander Christie-Miller at The White Review: Each autumn as the cold spreads across Russia and Eastern Europe it sets in train a vast migration of birds of prey. Passing through the Caucasus and entering Anatolia, eagles, kites, harriers, buzzards and...
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3:41 PM | Norms for Respectful Classroom/Seminar Discussion
David Chalmers is compiling a useful set of guidelines for respectful, constructive, and inclusive philosophical discussion. It makes sense to concentrate on a single field, like philosophy, since customs often vary wildly from one discipline to the other — but … Continue reading →
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3:26 PM | Ngugi wa Thiong'o tipped for 2014 Nobel prize in literature
Alison Flood in The Guardian: A run of bets originating in Sweden has seen the odds plummet on Ngugi wa Thiong'o, the distinguished Kenyan author, winning the Nobel prize for literature next month. The chances of the recently-retired Philip Roth...
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3:05 PM | Tennis Gets Anxious
Asad Raza in The New Yorker: Change, John Kenneth Galbraith wrote, comes from the changing of generations. Tennis fans understand the sentiment, and a constant theme of U.S. Open commentary is worrying about when the next generation of stars will...
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2:54 PM | Can we talk? The unruly life and legacy of Joan Rivers
Kathleen Geier in After Hours: There's something about the outpouring of sentimental tributes to the late Joan Rivers that just feels wrong. The Rivers celebrations have shown a disconcerting tendency to sanitize this messy, maddening, and sometimes appalling human being....
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2:40 PM | Sean Carroll, E.L. Doctorow, Jo Marchant, Joyce Carol Oates, and Steven Pinker in conversation
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11:02 AM | Can Pseudonyms Make Better Online Citizens?
Erin O'Donnell in Harvard Magazine: People socialize online more than ever: posting photos on Instagram, job-hunting on LinkedIn, joking about politics on Twitter, and sharing reviews of everything from hotels to running shoes. Judith Donath, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman...
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10:39 AM | A Doctor’s Malaise, and a Profession’s
Florence Williams in The New York Times: Sandeep Jauhar’s new memoir, “Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician,” tells the story of two midlife crises: the author’s own,, and that of modern American medicine, now in about its fourth decade...
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10:18 AM | Tuesday Poem
Loss Something in me repeats in an obsessive beat that I may have lost something or left it behind in the café or the bookstore where I’d been I searched my possessions and no loss was found nor did I...

September 08, 2014

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5:00 AM | Monday posts will be delayed and will appear at 2 pm NYC time today
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4:45 AM | Speech, Civility and the Salaita Case
by Gerald Dworkin In a talk given some years ago at the University of Illinois Urbana (UIUC), which is the object of a boycott protesting the Salaita decision, I described myself as a "first amendment fanatic." Having grown up in...
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4:40 AM | “Never Forget”—And How I Can’t Help But Remember 9/11
by Debra Morris Along with thousands of others that day, I emerged from the South Tower of the World Trade Center with a crippling fatigue in my knees. Of the walk down, in my case from the 61st floor, certain...
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4:35 AM | Poetry in Translation
GABRIEL AND SATAN after Iqbal Gabriel All right, mate. Dish out the dirt. Satan Suffering, seeking, yearning, burning I have the strength of hopelessness Gabriel Heavens! Will you ever return? Satan No bazaars, Jaguars, rouge et noir— Bestow these gated...
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4:30 AM | Imran Khan's Misstep
by Ahmed Humayun The 2013 elections in Pakistan gained the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) the government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province as well as the third most prominent position in parliament. This striking success was a vindication of Imran Khan, PTI's leader, who...
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4:25 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
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4:20 AM | Out of Egypt
by Ruchira Paul “And suddenly I knew, as I touched the damp, grainy surface of the seawall, that I would always remember this night, that in years to come I would remember sitting here, swept with confused longing as I...
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4:15 AM | perceptions
Ryan Moritz. From the Banzu Tree. 2014. Digital photograph. Thanks to Ryan.
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4:10 AM | Spaghetti with a Dash of Dostoyevsky
by Lisa Lieberman My favorite line from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966), spoken by the late, great Eli Wallach, captures the essence of the Spaghetti Western. Here's Tuco, the Mexican bandit played by Wallach, taking a bubble...
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4:05 AM | Wow
by Maniza Naqvi Just Wow! At every turn and corner in Istanbul—you are bound to say—Wow. The obvious example is of course, at the Basilica of Aya Sofiya—built by Emperor Justinian in 537 AD. Legend has it, that Justinian wanted...

September 07, 2014

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5:27 PM | From Normativity to Responsibility etc
Richard Marshall interviews Joseph Raz in 3:AM Magazine: 3:AM: One of the ideas you have argued for(in your 2000 Seeley Lectures)is that we ought to accept the legitimacy of difference. So you think someone can reasonably approve of normative practices...
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5:20 PM | The International Interest
Komala Ramachandra in Caravan (Photo: Adnan Abidi/REUTER): OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS, scrutiny of foreign funding for non-governmental organisations in India has been increasing. Although this trend is widely acknowledged, few commentators have pointed out that growing suspicion of NGOs...
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5:17 PM | The Trouble With Harvard
Steven Pinker in The New Republic: The most-read article in the history of this magazine is not about war, politics, or great works of art. It’s about the admissions policies of a handful of elite universities, most prominently my employer,...
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5:06 PM | What The Economist should have read before suggesting that US slavery wasn’t always so bad
Chris Blattman over at his website: First, remind me, when I’m writing my first book, to try to get The Economist to write a racially insensitive review. I’m pretty sure Edward Baptist’s sales are pretty terrific right now. The Economist...
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5:00 PM | John Betjeman - A Passion For Churches
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4:49 PM | Philip Larkin reads ''The Building''
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4:48 PM | Dear, though the night is gone by W H Auden
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1:06 PM | Tony Albert on Gordon Bennett
From ArtAsiaPacific: Gordon was a real pioneer and set a precedent for political art in Australia. He spoke with an Aboriginal voice that could be universally understood—something that became more and more evident as his career grew and he started...
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12:55 PM | lessons in how to write
Henry Hitchings in The Guardian: If you want to start an argument online, make an assertion about English usage. "Apostrophes are on their way out", or "People who misuse apostrophes deserve to be guillotined". For extra spice, add a dash...
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11:07 AM | Sunday Poem
Djinn Haunted, they say, believing the soft, shifty dunes are made up of false promises. Many believe whatever happens is the other half of a conversation. Many whisper white lies to the dead. "The boys are doing reallt well." Some...
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1:16 AM | Even more videos by Adam Ford
Adam has caught up with the remainder of his interviews with me and put them on Facebook. Once more I remind viewers this was entirely ad hoc and unrehearsed.
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