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February 28, 2015

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5:54 PM | This 3.5-Minute Music Video Was Shot In 5 Seconds
unconditional rebel - siska from Guillaume Panariello on Vimeo.
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3:05 PM | What I Mean by Mexico
James Fenton at the NY Review of Books: 14. Birds everywhere. Fish everywhere. And when we came near the ocean we began to encounter fishermen of clearly African descent. Their village, with its two aspects, the tourist side facing the...
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2:52 PM | MEMORY THEATRE BY SIMON CRITCHLEY
Will Rees at The Quarterly Conversation: An English philosopher called Simon Critchley moves from Essex to New York after becoming disillusioned with the state of British academia. On returning to Essex to clear out his office he finds five boxes,...
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2:49 PM | ‘The Buried Giant’, by Kazuo Ishiguro
Jason Cowley at the Financial Times: Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel for a decade is, on one level, a complete surprise. It’s set in England in the Dark Ages no less, perhaps in the fifth or early sixth century, a period...
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12:28 PM | Sojourner Truth Speech of 1851, "Ain't I a Woman"
On April 28, six NWHM Board Members and Advisors attended the dedication of the Sojourner Truth bust in Emancipation Hall of the new Capitol Visitor Center. She becomes only the 10th statue of a woman to stand in the U....
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12:08 PM | A Gaza Artist Creates 100 Square Feet of Beauty, and She’s Not Budging
Jodi Rudoren in The New Yor Times: DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip NIDAA BADWAN’S room is less than 100 square feet, lit by a single window and a bare bulb. She has slathered one wall with aquamarine paint and covered another...

February 27, 2015

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9:46 PM | Jean-Luc Godard: still brooding on the end of cinema
J. Hoberman at The Nation: What to make of the Godardian mind? You might say that, as prolific as he is, Godard suffers from the attention-deficit disorder of genius, a condition Bob Dylan evoked repeatedly in his mid-’60s work, as...
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9:43 PM | virgil thomson: writing about music
Jeff Tompkins at The Brooklyn Rail: The first pages of the Library of America’s new collection make it clear that when Virgil Thomson was named head music critic of the New York Herald Tribune in the fall of 1940, he...
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9:40 PM | Why the Dismal Science Needs a Richer Moral Anthropology
Christina McRorie at Hedgehog Review: It’s tempting to conclude that Piketty understands and delivers what the public wants from economics: a return to classical political economy. More than a few reviews of his work make this exact claim; he’s been...
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7:31 PM | Ending the Creditor’s Paradise
Mark Blyth in Jacobin: As I sat in my office at Brown University on December 16, 2014, an email popped into my inbox with the title “Herzlichen Glückwunsch – Sie sind der 1. Preisträger des Hans-Matthöfer-Preises für wirtschaftspublizistik.” This was...
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5:47 PM | The shuffle trick, or how to eliminate commutativity and associativity, for the benefit of better self-multiplication
 On a set with an operation which has a neutral element, there is an algebraic axiom which is equivalent with both associativity and commutativity of the operation. I call it the shuffle (does it have a name?). It is this one:     (ab)(cd) = (ac)(bd)   so the middle terms b and c switch … Continue reading The shuffle trick, or how to eliminate commutativity and associativity, for the benefit of better self-multiplication →
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12:51 PM | Are we Infomation Processers? (A brief note)
I thought about it a lot and I kept thinking: OK, he’s right, I guess, the information is in the light, it has to be there, because where else are you going to get it. It has got to be there and if it’s there, there’s a sense in which you don’t have to process it at least not in the way that I used to say “process.” But if he’s right, what am I going to do about cognitive psychology? How can I reconcile cognitive […]
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12:20 PM | TEDxRamallah - Alice Walker آليس ووكر - How I Learned to Grow a Global Heart
More here. (Note: One post throughout February will be dedicated to Black History Month.)
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12:19 PM | Friday Poem
Unfinished Book . The Achaeans have been pinned against their hollow ships all winter. Not because this is how the epic unfolds, but because this is where I left off, tired of the clashing of swords, the clamor of armor,...
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12:13 PM | Displaced Personhood: A Pakistani-British writer chronicles his odyssey through the war on terror
Jake Lamar in Bookforum: One could say, with no snark intended, that back in the year 2000, twenty-nine-year-old Mohsin Hamid was the ultimate bourgeois bohemian. He had just published a well-received first novel. He lived on lovely Cornelia Street, in...

February 26, 2015

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8:51 PM | Why companies are rewarding shareholders instead of investing in the real economy
Lydia DePillis in The Washington Post's Wonkblog (via Doug Henwood) (image Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images): In the past several years, profits have been increasingly paid back out to shareholders, rather than invested in hiring more people and paying them better. And...
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6:48 PM | French hip-hop
Jesse McCarthy in The Point: In 1988 no one in France took the hip-hop movement seriously. It was the rec-room era. JoeyStarr and Kool Shen were just two kids from Seine-Saint-Denis, the 93rd ward, a neglected tract of housing projects...
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6:38 PM | Parasitic Wasps Infected with Mind-Controlling Viruses
Carl Zimmer in his excellent blog, The Loom: In November, National Geographic put a ladybug and a wasp on its cover. They made for a sinister pair. The wasp, a species called Dinocampus coccinellae, lays an egg inside the ladybug...
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6:31 PM | Cold Remains in Greenland
Edward Rackley in Warscapes: Urban development in the High Arctic can be a drab affair. Buildings are inelegant steel boxes fit for lunar colonies, clustered against withering winds and inhumanly low temperatures—"post-industrial morgue" might be the cynic’s take. Walking the...
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3:11 PM | john aubrey and the art of literary biography
Stuart Kelly at the Times Literary Supplement: It is a curious phenomenon that while fictional narratives of lives have constantly, even aggressively, sought new forms in which the idea of how lived life might be conveyed and understood in prose,...
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3:07 PM | The man behind Willie Nelson
Joe Nick Patoski at The Oxford American: Paul English was talking about breaking someone’s legs, cheerily using the threat as a means to get to the punch line of a story. The four men listening to him in the back...
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3:04 PM | A newly discovered trove of unknown fairy tales
Michael Dirda at The Washington Post: In 2012, in the municipal archive of Regensburg, Germany, scholar Erika Eichenseer discovered 30 boxes containing more than 500 hitherto unknown fairy tales. A high-ranking civil servant named Franz Xaver von Schönwerth (1810-1886) had...
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12:01 PM | Thursday poem
Doors and Windows From our fears our courages are born, and in our doubts our certainties live. The dreams announce another possible reality, and the deliriums another reason. In the wanderings the findings are waiting for us, because it s...
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11:33 AM | Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
More here. (Note: One post throughout February will be dedicated to Black History Month.)
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11:08 AM | A history of the world in funny puns
From The Telegraph: For many of us, it's a punderful life (pun: a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words which sound alike but have different meanings) and to mark the...
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6:28 AM | Junk the phrase 'human capital'
Branko Milanovic in Al Jazeera America (image Meriel Jane Waissman, Getty Images): Among many services both great and small that Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the 21st Century” has rendered to economics is his skeptical view of the terminology of human...

February 25, 2015

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7:12 PM | Elegies in the letters of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell
Austin Allen at Poetry Magazine: One January evening 50 years ago, Elizabeth Bishop wrote from Rio to her beloved friend and fellow poet Robert Lowell. Into their usual mix of personal and literary tidbits—an upcoming trip to Ouro Prêto, the...
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6:07 PM | My Saga, Part 1: Karl Ove Knausgaard Travels Through North America
Karl Ove Knausgaard in the NYT: I lost my driver’s license over a year ago. I lose stuff all the time. Credit cards, passports, car keys, cash, books, bags, laptops. It doesn’t worry me, they usually turn up eventually. The...
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6:05 PM | Things to Charm a Storyteller
Polly Dickson in 3:AM Magazine: It speaks from within the home, with the voice of a guest. And, like a guest, ‘upon arrival, it is usually assessed just as quickly and as sharply’ (‘Reflections on Radio’, 1930-1). The voice of...
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6:02 PM | Guantánamo Diary: Random American Justice
Anne Richardson on Mohamedou Ould Slahi's Guantánamo Diary, in The LA Review of Books: MOHAMEDOU OULD SLAHI’S Guantánamo Diary is a page-turner. Unlike the Senate’s 500-page Senate Select Intelligence Committee Study, also known as the “torture report,” this one will...
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