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November 16, 2014

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6:23 PM | The Knowledge, London’s Legendary Taxi-Driver Test, Puts Up a Fight in the Age of GPS
Jody Rosen in NYTimes' T Magazine Blog: McCabe had spent the last three years of his life thinking about London’s roads and landmarks, and how to navigate between them. In the process, he had logged more than 50,000 miles on...
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6:18 PM | My Hacker, My Source, My Snitch
Gabriella Coleman on Medium: For six years I have been studying the protest ensemble Anonymous. Some challenges come with the job. By definition, Anonymous is a faceless collective. As many participants in this milieu conceal their identities carefully, it was...
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6:10 PM | What next for independence movements in Europe?
Eve Hepburn in openDemocracy: What should the EU do? At the moment, the official position is to keep its head down and say nothing about the internal affairs of one of its valued member-states. But will this strategy work when...
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4:47 PM | Should the United States Declare Books an ‘Essential Good’?
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...
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4:24 PM | What Cities Would Look Like if Lit Only by the Stars
New York City More here.
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4:17 PM | Can Climate Change Cure Capitalism?
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....
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4:08 PM | Extreme Wealth Is Bad for Everyone—Especially the Wealthy
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...
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2:26 PM | Bad reasons to read Shakespeare
Alka Sehgal Cuthbert in Spiked: Bad reason number one: Shakespeare’s good for activating neural activity. That’s right, certain academics have been conducting all manner of neuroscientific experiments on Shakespeare readers – they’ve even come up with a piece of research...
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1:29 PM | Aldous Huxley interview-1958
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1:28 PM | manitas de plata (1921 - 2014)
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1:27 PM | BRANCH LINE - 1 - Sir John Betjeman
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12:49 PM | How to Study the Brain
Marcus, Marblestone and Freeman in Chronicle of Higher Education: "As humans, we can identify galaxies light years away, we can study particles smaller than an atom. But we still haven’t unlocked the mystery of the three pounds of matter that...
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12:23 PM | Sunday Poem
Matins: Annunciation Force eight from Lundy and the Irish Sea in the dark moon of the solstice. Alarmed awake at midnight, sleet slashing across the window glass, blurring the street-lit world. Packing the van in drenched Jack Pyke: Lazerlight lamp-kit,...

November 15, 2014

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10:40 PM | Why Does Malala Yusufzai’s Nobel Bother So Many On The Left?
Pervez Hoodbhoy in Outlook: Arundhati Roy’s charm and lucidity have iconized her in the world of left-wing politics. But, asked by Laura Flanders what she made of the 2014 Nobel Prize, she appeared to beswallowing a live frog: “Well, look,...
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8:00 PM | Severe dental fluorosis the real cause of IQ deficits?
A new study finds cognitive function defects, like IQ, in children are not significantly related to fluoride in drinking water. But they are associated with medium and severe dental fluorosis. This interests me for two reasons: The report is by Choi and Grandjean … Continue reading →
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7:23 PM | ‘Tennessee Williams,’ by John Lahr
Blake Bailey at the New York Times: Tennessee Williams’s career began and ended very badly. The boffo finish of his first Broadway-bound play, “Battle of Angels” (1940), was a big onstage fire — a special effect that generated so much...
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7:21 PM | stalin, volume one
John Thornhill at the Financial Times: That is not to say that Stalin’s story is anything but fantastical: how a Georgian cobbler’s son born in an outpost of the Tsarist empire could help shatter the shackles of a 300-year dynasty,...
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7:20 PM | Collected French Translations: Poetry by John Ashbery
Patrick McGuinness at The Guardian: In a 1956 letter to Kenneth Koch, John Ashbery wrote: “I hate all modern French poetry, except for Raymond Roussel”, specifying: “I do like my own wildly inaccurate translations of some of the 20th-century ones,...
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4:17 PM | Popular Science
Adam Alter in The Point: To me, then, the essence of good science writing is not the sharing of particular ideas, but the sharing of general approaches to perceiving the world. A book doesn’t succeed because its readers can cite...
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4:12 PM | How to tackle the backlash against gay rights?
Ken Roth interviewed in the blog of the World Economic Forum: Almost 2.8 billion people are living in countries where identifying as gay could lead to imprisonment, corporal punishment or even death. In stark contrast, only 780 million people are...
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2:04 PM | Sidewalk
Sidewalk from Celia Bullwinkel on Vimeo.
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1:00 PM | Able-Bodied Until It Kills Us
June Thunderstorm in The Baffler: Does the gardener complain to her employer that raking leaves blisters her hand? Does the house painter point out that the job ranks in the top five professions for incidence of alcoholism? The job is...
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12:58 PM | Giving a V sign to poverty porn
Jasper Rees in The Telegraph: In a National Theatre rehearsal room, a stagehand is dumping a hundred or so empty plastic water bottles from a bin liner onto the floor. Set dressing tends to be a bit more fastidious, even...
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12:51 PM | Daniel Bolger’s ‘Why We Lost’
Andrew J, Bacevich in The New York Times: The author of this book has a lot to answer for. “I am a United States Army general,” Daniel Bolger writes, “and I lost the Global War on Terrorism.” The fault is...

November 14, 2014

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3:22 PM | Obama: The Internet Is a Utility
Dashiell Bennett in The Atlantic: A new "net neutrality" plan released by the White House on Monday morning includes an endorsement of an old idea that some activists have been pushing for years: the treatment of the Internet as a...
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3:16 PM | Contaminomics: Why Some Microbiome Studies May Be Wrong
Ed Yong in Not Exactly Rocket Science: You’ve got a group of people with a mysterious disease, and you suspect that some microbe might be responsible. You collect blood and tissue samples, you extract the DNA from them using a...
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3:09 PM | Israel’s conservative President speaks up for civility, and pays a price
David Remnick in The New Yorker: Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin, the new President of Israel, is ardently opposed to the establishment of a Palestinian state. He is instead a proponent of Greater Israel, one Jewish state from the Jordan River to...
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1:18 PM | two minutes of silence for the dead
Joanna Scutts at Lapham's Quarterly: The silence (or Silence, as it tended to be styled in the interwar years) stood at the center of Britain’s Armistice Day rituals. From the beginning it was timed to correspond with the ceremony at...
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1:08 PM | Grotesque, Garish, Exuberant American Art
J. Hoberman at the NYRB: “What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present,” the provocatively titled exhibit at the RISD Museum in Providence, presents a bracing counter to one prevailing way of telling the story of postwar...
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1:07 PM | What Washington Refuses To Admit
Andrew Sullivan at The Dish: Let me put this as baldly as I can. The US fought two long, brutal wars in its response to the atrocity of September 11, 2001. We lost both of them – revealing the biggest...
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