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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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12:33 PM | Ben Lerner and the novel of detachment
Jon Baskin in The Nation: Although he has only published two books of fiction, Ben Lerner has already earned a reputation as a literary bellwether. His first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station(2011), was praised by James Wood for featuring a...
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12:27 PM | Jigar Muradabadi recites a poem
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12:24 PM | Practicing Islam in Short Shorts
Thanaa El-Naggar in Gawker: The scenario I'm about to describe has happened to me more times than I can count, in more cities than I can remember, mostly in Western cities here in the U.S. and Europe. I walk into...
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12:20 PM | Why Satire Matters
Justin E. H. Smith in the Chronicle of Higher Education: As recently as a few months ago, the common wisdom seemed to be that the only people who raise concerns about illiberalism in academic life are the embarrassing old avuncular...
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11:32 AM | Toni Morrison Refuses To Privilege White People In Her Novels
"Toni Morrison has always taken for granted the centrality of Blackness in her novels. She has refused throughout her writing career to privilege "Whiteness" in her literary works. In this clip, Toni Morrison discusses the way she felt when interview...
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11:23 AM | The Brain’s Way of Healing
Lisa Appignanesi in The Guardian: Dr Michael Moskowitz, an American psychiatrist specialising in treating pain, had long been his very own laboratory rat. After breaking his femur jumping from the turret of an army tank, he made an important discovery:...

February 24, 2015

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7:39 PM | Paper claiming water fluoridation linked to hypothyroidism slammed by experts
“As epidemiological evidence goes, this is about as weak as it gets.” That is the comment by Prof David Coggon, Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Southampton, on a new paper claiming hyporthyroidism is linked to water fluoridation. Published yesterday … Continue reading →
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4:38 PM | Miles Davis & John Coltrane - Kind of blue
Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 September 28, 1991) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Davis was at the forefront of almost every major development...
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4:17 PM | Michael Shermer and the moral arc of libertarianism
Massimo Pigliucci in Scientia Salon: Skeptic magazine publisher Michael Shermer has gotten onto the same “science can determine moral values” bandwagon as other scientistically-minded writers such as Sam Harris. But this commentary isn’t directly about Shermer’s latest book [1], and...
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4:12 PM | For Saudis and Pakistan, a Bird of Contention
Declan Walsh in the New York Times: For decades, royal Arab hunting expeditions have traveled to the far reaches of Pakistan in pursuit of the houbara bustard — a waddling, migratory bird whose meat, they believe, contains aphrodisiac powers. Little...
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4:05 PM | Syriza's mauling at the EU negotiations
Richard Seymour in Lenin's Tomb: Syriza has been defeated in the first round of negotiations. After a period of enjoyable defiance, during which they won the backing of the overwhelming majority of the Greek people - 80% according to a...
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3:51 PM | Heraclitus's Dream: Eleanor Knox, Huw Price, Carlo Rovelli, and Daniel Stoljar debate if reality is all flux
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3:27 PM | Memoirs by women who were not paragons but survivors
Nandini Ramachandran at Caravan: The horizons of Indian women have long been defined by the peculiar demands of Indian sovereignty. Scholars such as Tanika Sarkar and Partha Chatterjee have argued that the female body—especially the Hindu female body—was crucial to...
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3:23 PM | the mind of the south
Stefany Anne Golberg at The Smart Set: Most of what we believe about the South, wrote W.J. Cash in the 1930s, exists in our imagination. But, he wrote, we shouldn’t take this to mean that the South is therefore unreal....
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3:20 PM | On writers, glass, Pliny the Elder, and family stories
Daniel Torday at The Paris Review: Since I started writing, I have sought forebears who might have had literary aspirations. Were there writers in the family? My great-uncle György, who was exiled to the Ukraine during World War II and...
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12:40 PM | I’ve Just Seen a (DNA-Generated) Face
Heather Murphy in The New York Times: The faces here, which look a bit like video game avatars, are actually portraits drawn from DNA. Each rendering was created by plugging an individual genetic profile into a predictive tool created by...
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11:56 AM | Tuesday Poem
The Nobodies Fleas dream of buying themselves a dog, and nobodies dream of escaping poverty: that one magical day good luck will suddenly rain down on them–will rain down in buckets. But good luck doesn’t rain down yesterday, today, tomorrow,...
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10:34 AM | ‘Hindu Right’s appropriation of svaraj is hypocrisy’ —Akeel Bilgrami
From The Hindu: In an interview to Rajgopal Saikumar, Prof. Bilgrami, the Sidney Morgenbesser Chair in Philosophy; Professor, Committee on Global Thought; Director, South Asian Institute at Columbia University and author of Secularism, Identity and Enchantment (2014) explained what autonomy...

February 23, 2015

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9:08 PM | I Wanna Live Forever
If you’re one of those people who look the universe in the eyeball without flinching, choosing to accept uncomfortable truths when they are supported by the implacable judgment of Science, then you’ve probably acknowledged that sitting is bad for you. … Continue reading →
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11:48 AM | What chemlambda can do for you
This post follows after What can I do with chemlambda, which questions to ask about it? and FAQ: chemlambda in real and virtual worlds. 1. Is chemlambda another visualization tool for lambda calculus? NO. Visualization is an independent part, for the moment I use d3.js. Moreover chemlambda is only tangentially related to lambda calculus. 2. … Continue reading What chemlambda can do for you →
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5:45 AM | In Praise of the Chapaterati
Curry houses are also a dominant setting in much writing by authors of South Asian heritage in the UK. Writers working in Urdu, English, and Bengali have evoked both South Asians living in Britain and the restaurant fare they produce. In this essay, Claire Chambers extrapolates a strand from her forthcoming book Britain Through Muslim Eyes, Literary Representations, 1780−1988 (Palgrave: autumn 2015) and discusses the history and cultural representation of curries in Britain.
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5:40 AM | The Love Of Money
by Mandy de Waal "I never realised that I had a problem until quite recently. Before this I thought it was normal. I thought that everyone thinks (about money) the way I do," says Charles Hugo (not his real name)...
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5:35 AM | Poem
OLD FORMS WILL NOT BE ENTERTAINED (a sign at the India Consulate, New York) For David Barsamian Old chants to the Ganges shall not be entertained Dead cows float in holy water unrestrained Family roots shall be ascertained Nationality of...
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5:30 AM | Information: the Measure of All Things? Part I: Communication, Code and Computation
by Yohan J. John Metaphor is a hallmark of human communication, and a vital tool of scientific thinking. Along with its more formal cousin, analogy, metaphor allows us to create linguistic and conceptual bridges from the known to the unknown....
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5:25 AM | Perceptions
Loris Gréaud. The Unplayed Notes Museum. 2015 "What exactly will happen during the opening on Saturday? “If I tell you too much,” the artist says, following something like secret-agent protocol, “It will kill the idea.”" ... "On the evening of...
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5:20 AM | The Return of the Aam Aadmi Party
by Namit Arora What to make of the verdict in Delhi’s Assembly elections this month? After a dismal show in the national election last year, when many had written it off, the Aam Aadmi (‘common man’) Party achieved a crushing...
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