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September 06, 2014

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2:04 PM | Back to Yalta?: Stephen Cohen and the Ukrainian crisis
Nikolay Koposov in Eurozine (Photo: Zurbagan /Shutterstock.com. Source: Shutterstock): Cohen built his reputation as a leading scholar of Russian studies in the 1970s, and his interest in Soviet history was informed by his leftist political sympathies. Cohen's focus has always...
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2:00 PM | Jean-Luc Godard delivers a monologue from Hannah Arendt's "The Nature of Totalitarianism"
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1:07 PM | The Age of Hobsbawm
Jonathan Freedland at The New York Times: In these lectures and reviews, he argues that the high culture that was once the basic diet of the European bourgeoisie is shriveling fast — either unknown to new generations or else swamped...
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1:04 PM | ON THE LETTERS OF DAVID MARKSON
Laura Sims at The Quarterly Conversation: A recluse is someone who “lives a solitary life and tends to avoid other people . . . often for religious meditation.” The novelist David Markson, famously reclusive in the last few decades of...
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1:00 PM | Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love
Roger Lewis at the Financial Times: Philip Larkin was the greatest poet of the 20th century, his works an elegy for England and Englishness, a meditation on loneliness and loss. I salute James Booth for making this plain in his...
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11:41 AM | Future Footprints
Rob Nixon in The New York Times: For the first time in history, a sentient species, Homo sapiens, has become a force of such magnitude that our impacts are being written into the fossil record. We have decisively changed the...

September 05, 2014

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3:28 PM | Philosophy, science and expertise
Mark English in Scientia Salon: Let me make a very simple — and, I hope, uncontroversial — point about expertise and authority before looking at some questions pertaining to the current (increasingly bitter) debate about the nature and status of...
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2:48 PM | Can news literacy grow up?
Lindsay Beyerstein in the Columbia Journalism Review: In 2005, as Howard Schneider was developing a plan for Stony Brook University’s new journalism school, he taught a course called Ethics & Values of the American Press as a way to get...
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2:38 PM | The architecture of violence
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1:56 PM | When priority does not matter
Perhaps the post When priority matters gives a false impression. I want to dispel that right away. In that post we see two possible reductions, depending on the PRIORITY CHOICE, either BETA>DIST or DIST>BETA. In the case BETA>DIST the reduction stops quickly. On the contrary, in the case DIST>BETA  the reduction does not stop, because […]
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12:47 PM | Marat and Sade in Las Vegas
Stefany Anne Golberg at The New England Review: In the days before personal computers, when Xeroxing books was a punishable crime, I hand-typed the entirety of The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the...
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12:43 PM | george herbert: writing for god
Mark Jarman at Hudson Review: The most curious event in George Herbert’s short life, after its abrupt change of direction, may be his marriage in 1629 to Jane Danvers, a cousin of his stepfather. Her father, Charles Danvers, had, as...
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12:38 PM | Roberto Bolaño’s final novella
Dan Piepenbring at Paris Review: The English translation of Roberto Bolaño’s excellent final novella, A Little Lumpen Novelita, is out this month. The book opens with an epigraph by Antonin Artaud, who was born today in 1896: “All writing is...
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10:23 AM | the birth of an inspiring new feminism
Cobble, Gordon and Henry in Salon: Texts have helped to spread feminist ideas since the beginning of the U.S. women’s movement — from suffragist newspapers in the nineteenth century to mimeographed manifestos of the late 1960s to bestselling feminist books...
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10:23 AM | Jihad’s fatal attraction
Scott Atran in The Guardian: In a speech on Wednesday, President Obama said: “Whatever these murderers think they will achieve by murdering innocents like Steven [Sotloff], they have already failed.” Not so, says the evidence. Publicity, Islamic State (Isis) knows,...
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10:01 AM | The Harm Men Do Women in the Bronx
Cassie Rodenberg in Scientific American: Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted while residing next to a crack house in El Barrio, New York, for almost five years, this article analyses how the social and economic marginalization of second- and third-generation Puerto...
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9:46 AM | 3QD Science Prize Finalists 2014
Hello, The editors of 3QD have made their decision. The twenty semifinalists have been winnowed down to six, and three wildcard entries added. Thanks again to all the participants. Details of the prize can be found here. Once again, Carla...
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2:44 AM | Emotion Drives Decision
Image Credit: Gaping Void So true.  

September 04, 2014

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3:53 PM | What Jeff Koons has wrought
Eric Gibson in The New Criterion: The Whitney Museum of American Art has mounted a Jeff Koons retrospective as the swansong in its uptown Breuer building before reopening in its new, Renzo Piano–designed space in Chelsea next spring.1Besides his stratospheric...
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3:48 PM | Chimps Outplay Humans in Brain Games
Madhuvanthi Kannan in Scientific American: In a recent study by psychologists Colin Camerer and Tetsuro Matsuzawa, chimps and humans played a strategy game – and unexpectedly, the chimps outplayed the humans. Chimps are a scientist’s favorite model to understand human...
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3:43 PM | Alan Lightman on Richard Feynman's Amazing Mind, or how "Hawking Radiation" could well be "Feynman Radiation"
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3:17 PM | Thucydides’ moral chaos
Peter Thonemann at the Times Literary Supplement: Thucydides goes on to give a sombre and terrifying account of the “violent teachings” of civil war: moral chaos, the abuse of political language, the collapse of due legal process. Corcyra, insignificant though...
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3:13 PM | kathy acker's emails
Chris Kraus at The Believer: In the years succeeding her death at age fifty, Acker’s work has been the subject of a documentary film, a symposium, and several scholarly works. Attention has mostly been focused on her as an exemplar...
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3:10 PM | Whatever Happened to St. Petersburg?
Greg Afinogenov at Bookforum: St. Petersburg used to be a familiar place for Russians and non-Russians alike. It is so recognizable—even clichéd—as a setting for the high drama and intrigue of nineteenth-century Russian literary classics that one recent Russian novel...
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1:22 PM | Thursday Poem
Daydream #598 The mountain pass is notorious. On the left the tangles of the pine trees and on the right the planets and stars. Sometimes I was overtaken, sometimes I had to brake black-brown clouds charged along ahead of me...
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1:14 PM | The new Luddites: why former digital prophets are turning against tech
Bryan Appleyard in New Statesman: Very few of us can be sure that our jobs will not, in the near future, be done by machines. We know about cars built by robots, cashpoints replacing bank tellers, ticket dispensers replacing train...
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12:00 PM | What is “fairness”?
Danah Boyd on Medium: Consider, for example, what’s happening with policing practices, especially as computational systems allow precincts to distribute their officers “fairly.” In many jurisdictions, more officers are placed into areas that are deemed “high risk.” This is deemed...
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11:01 AM | Making the best of digital tech
Sonya Kurzweil in KurzweilAI: In what follows, I offer five tips on parenting and digital media from my experience of being a mom and child psychologist. In general, I am optimistic. Perhaps it is easier for me to be positive...
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4:04 AM | Teach Yourself Logic
Peter Smith, long ago a Cambridge colleague of mine, whose blog is Logic Matters, regularly updates his Teach Yourself Logic Study Guide, an annotated reading list for mathematical logic. It's useful for students, or anyone really, who want to do some self-study. Version 12.0 of the guide can be downloaded here.

September 03, 2014

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11:09 PM | Troublesome Speech and the UIUC Boycott
Self-indulgently long post below. Short version: Steven Salaita, an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech who had been offered and accepted a faculty job at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, had his offer rescinded when the administration discovered that … Continue reading →
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