Links, 4/24/14

A few things I won’t be able to offer extended comment on, but are definitely worthwhile: Oliver Sacks’ meditation on “What is mind?” deserves to be read and reread. He’s got interesting thoughts and questions in every corner: “It is fascinating to think of Darwin, Romanes, and other biologists of their time searching for “mind,” […]

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Links, 12/27/13

Yeah, I haven’t done one of these in a while. A long while. I really need to make sure I don’t just share stuff on facebook and on tumblr, but put it here too. This is the one place I can comment at some length. Peter Richmond writes beautiful prose about devastating subjects: Tommy Lasorda’s […]

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Links, 10/2/13

Lots worth reading. Let’s get started: A little old, but “Everything you need to know about gov’t shutdown.” Also: this is a nice parody of what’s happening in DC. Weigel’s got a lot of good stuff, including this incredibly sad piece about how unless it absolutely has to be done (and even then, there’s a […]

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Links, 9/15/13

If you’ve been reading “The Archaeology of the Soul,” you’ll notice my last two entries have been quite heavily influenced by it. Usually I come across an idea about metaphor or theme in a book that requires some modification when brought to another work. The ideas I’ve encountered from Benardete recently have a directness and […]

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Links, 8/29/13

Writing. A lot. Some things that should be of interest: Via LGF, one of the best things I’ve read on Syria. Tom Nichols: “…the use of chemical weapons in this way and on this scale against civilians would trigger a response from the United States no matter who’s in office.” Also: Slate has a report on […]

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Links, 8/17/13

Some very good links, but it’s all really depressing. I hope to have some good news for us all soon: Matt Taibbi makes a powerful case that the federal government is getting a nice bit of profit from student loans. Or to put it another way: the gov’t is making a quick and obviously unsustainable […]

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Links, 8/13/13

Sorry for the lack of updates. Thinking a lot about dissertation chapters and writing slowly. Irritated at myself for not getting more done. The Ghost Rapes of Bolivia (h/t Amanda Ball): a lot of you saw this on facebook and responded appropriately. It is a necessary read, but will make you sick to your stomach. […]

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Links, 7/25/13

“Can Diamond Dallas Page Save Wrestling’s Walking Dead?” – the best way to introduce this story is through this statement from V.S. Pritchett that has been turning over and over again in my mind recently: As Huck Finn and old Jim drift down the Mississippi from one horrifying little town to the next and hear […]

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Links, 6/21/13

Edited two posts. Think this commentary on Eliza Griswold’s “Modern City” is much, much clearer. It’s still pretty difficult; I’m trying to get at the problem of how human perspective is some kind of appropriation. Think “Skyrim and Political Philosophy” will fly and if there’s something that’s just way too unclear there, let me know […]

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Links, 6/18/13

I live in a country that wants to negotiate with the Taliban.  (primary source here, if you need it) – Well, at least Superman stands for something. – In Pakistan, a female suicide bomber blew herself up on a bus carrying other female students. Then the same group that blew up the bus attacked the […]

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