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March 25, 2015

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2:10 PM | Colombey-les-deux-Mosquées
Adam Shatz reviews Soumission by Michel Houellebecq in the LRB: Michel Houellebecq’s novel about a Muslim takeover of France is a melancholy tribute to the pleasure of surrender. It’s 2022, a charismatic Islamist politician called Mohammed Ben Abbes has become...
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2:05 PM | How Mexico City Saved Me from Grief
Francisco Goldman in The Guardian (photo Rachel Cobb): The seemingly anarchic chaos and confusion of the city’s traffic had always intimidated and even terrified me: intersections and roundabouts like wide demolition derby arenas, cars crisscrossing simultaneously from all directions and...
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1:08 PM | This is why you shouldn’t believe that exciting new medical study
Julia Belluz in Vox: In 2003, researchers writing in the American Journal of Medicine discovered something that should change how you think about medical news. They looked at 101 studies published in top scientific journals between 1979 and 1983 that...
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11:05 AM | The Forgotten Handmaid's Tale
Sophie Gilbert in The Atlantic: 30 years ago, the Canadian author Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid’s Tale, a dystopian feminist novel set in a futuristic America run by religious fundamentalists. Pollution and sexually transmitted diseases have rendered the large majority...
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10:56 AM | New ‘MIND’ diet may significantly protect against Alzheimer’s disease
From KurzweilAI: A new diet known by the acronym MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) could significantly lower a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) — even if the diet is not meticulously followed, according to a paper published...

March 24, 2015

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8:55 PM | The Road from Westphalia
Jessica T. Mathews reviews Henry Kissinger's World Order and Bret Stephens's America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Social Disorder, in the NYRB (photo AFP/Getty Images): Since the US took on international leadership at the close of World...
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2:21 PM | on the late, lamented L.A. Times Book Review
Cynthia Haven at The Book Haven: Well, this is just one of the many reasons I loved the late, lamented L.A. Times Book Review. Steve also had the courage to publish my piece on Irma Kudrova‘s remarkable work on Marina...
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2:12 PM | In search of time gained
The Editors at n+1: THE CULTURAL CONSEQUENCES of a world in which labor is saved, and at the same time displaced and enlarged, have been registered since the dawn of what we could call modernity. One of these cultural consequences...
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2:09 PM | A reporter’s journey to My Lai and the secrets of the past
Seymour Hersh at The New Yorker: I visited My Lai (as the hamlet was called by the U.S. Army) for the first time a few months ago, with my family. Returning to the scene of the crime is the stuff...
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1:07 PM | You Belong To Me
Laura Miller in Vulture: Annie Proulx got ficced. In a recent interview in the Paris Review, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author confessed that she wishes she’d never written her most famous work, the short story “Brokeback Mountain,”about the star-crossed romance between...
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12:20 PM | What is wrong with playing god?
Kenan Malik in Pandaemonium: The British Parliament can be an archaic, backward-looking institution, wedded to tradition, and not known for taking a revolutionary stance. Yet its members have just made a groundbreaking decision, one that no other legislature has so...
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12:14 PM | Israel: The Stark Truth
David Shulman in the New York Review of Books: Benjamin Netanyahu has won again. He will have no difficulty putting together a solid right-wing coalition. But the naked numbers may be deceptive. What really counts is the fact that the...
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12:06 PM | Billy Collins lecture: "Leaves of Grass, Still Growing After 150 Years"
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10:16 AM | This is how Fox News spreads hate
Paul Rosenberg in Salon: It may be hard to fathom or remember, but in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 the American public responded with an increased level of acceptance and support for Muslims. President Bush—who had successfully courted the Muslim...
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9:54 AM | Diary of a Surgery
Angelina Jolie Pitt in The New York Times: LOS ANGELES — TWO years ago I wrote about my choice to have a preventive double mastectomy. A simple blood test had revealed that I carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene....
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2:29 AM | New Zealand science book prize – 2015 Short list
The Royal Society of NZ has announced the shortlist of titles for 2015 Science Book Prize (see 2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize). Here they are – together with the judges comments: Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History by Atholl … Continue reading →

March 23, 2015

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7:00 AM | The Winners of the 3QD Politics & Social Science Prize 2015
Kenneth Roth has picked the three winners from the nine finalists: Top Quark, $500: Kenan Malik, Assimilation vs. Multiculturism Strange Quark, $200: Xavier Marquez, The Saudi Monarchy as a Family Firm Charm Quark, $100: Omar Ali, Blasphemy, blasphemy laws, Pakistan,...
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5:55 AM | Information: the Measure of All Things? Part II: The Genius in the Gene
by Yohan J. John In Part I of this series, we looked at how the concept of information brought communication and computation together. Claude Shannon and the other pioneers of information theory showed that discrete symbols could be used to...
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5:50 AM | A Chronicle of the Minutiae
by Namit Arora A review of Odysseus Abroad, a novel by Amit Chaudhuri. Ananda Sen, the young Bengali protagonist in Amit Chaudhuri’s sixth novel, Odysseus Abroad, is an aspiring poet, singer of ragas, and seeker of the romantic spark in...
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5:45 AM | Monday Poem
I’m still dwelling on how ironic all the feverish proclamations of capitalism are going to look someday. …………………… —Justin E.H. Smith Gabriel’s Mad Ave. Apocalyptic Horn I’m through with dumpster dinners at the corner of Wall Street and New I’m...
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5:40 AM | Reviewed: The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being; Grandmother Fish
by Paul Braterman In my last post, I said that the right way to undermine creationism is to promote appreciation of the science of evolution, by presenting it in ways that are engaging, enjoyable, and above all personal. In this...
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5:35 AM | Fatwas and fundamental truths
by Mandy de Waal A South African literary event called 'The Time of the Writer' was to have been a moment of celebration for local writer Zainub Priya Dala. The author's debut novel, called What About Meera, was due to...
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5:30 AM | Perceptions
Frances Stark. Pull After Push, 2010. Paint, printed matter, linen tape, stickers on panel More here, and here.
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5:25 AM | All The Wrong Places
by Lisa Lieberman Walden Lodge Hollywood, California, Summer 1941 I believe that the person you are when you're eight years old is the person you really are. I was creeping up on Geoffrey as he sat meditating on the lawn—not...
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5:20 AM | So you want to launch a Startup?
by Ahmed Humayun Conventional wisdom has it that if you don't like your job or want to pursue your passion or just have a great idea, you should just go ahead and launch a startup, because the barriers to launching...
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5:15 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
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5:10 AM | You're on the Air!
The story of television broadcasting is a fascinating one about technology development, entrepreneurship, engineering, and even space exploration. It is an American story, and it is a story worth telling
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3:20 AM | http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/3quarksdaily/~3/7iuZ40gLFk4/this-is-the-world-calling-the-ants-are-my-friends-the-ants-are-my-friends-the-ants-are-just-blowing-in-the-wind-lorrie.html
This Is the World Calling The ants are my friends, the ants are my friends, the ants are just blowing in the wind. - Lorrie Moore Life is hard and nothing makes any sense. That is a problem. I don’t...

March 22, 2015

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10:37 PM | Fascinating: micropublications, hypothes.is
 Fascinating! Found -starting from this issue https://github.com/PeerJ/paper-now/issues/2 which proposes hypothes.is – via the roadmap https://hypothes.is/roadmap/ – via the issue https://github.com/hypothesis/vision/issues/87 this: [1305.3506] Micropublications: a Semantic Model for Claims, Evidence, Arguments and Annotations in Biomedical Communications Read and spread it if you think is interesting.  I do because of what I want: a realization of the … Continue […]
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10:08 PM | Mel Brooks: The comic genius and legend of stage, film and TV, for whom it's still springtime
Tim Walker in The Independent: It sounds like the set-up for a joke: what does Mel Brooks have in common with Audrey Hepburn, Whoopi Goldberg and Sir John Gielgud? But the punchline is deadly serious: they’re all among just a...
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