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Jordan G. Teicher captions the above picture by Giles Price: Nearly 9 million people were mobilized to serve in Britain’s military during World War I. By the time photographer Giles Price started seeking veterans of the war in 2005, there were just 23 left. … His series, “The Old Guard,” features portraits of the last 12 veterans […]
In the midst of a searching rumination on the current state of Catholic writing, Dana Gioia offers a description: Catholic literature is rarely pious. In ways that sometimes trouble or puzzle both Protestant and secular readers, Catholic writing tends to be comic, rowdy, rude, and even violent. Catholics generally prefer to write about sinners rather […]
A snapshot of the expanding crisis: Football may have the highest number of concussions by sport because of the roster size, but many other sports see higher occurrence rates per athletic exposure. According to a National Academy of Sciences report released last month, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, wrestling, ice hockey, and basketball have all proved about as […]
The architecture of “unpleasant designs” shapes the behavior of urban-dwellers: San Francisco, the birthplace of street skateboarding, was also the first city to design solutions such as “pig’s ears” – metal flanges added to the corner edges of pavements and low walls to deter skateboarders. These periodic bumps along the edge create a barrier that […]
Helen Plotkin unpacks the Jewish prayer “Grant dew and rain for a blessing upon the face of the earth”: [S]ometimes rain is not just rain. All over the Jewish sources, from the Bible to the Talmud to the prayer book, rain stands in for a more general earthward flow of divine nurture. Talking about rainfall […]
Mathematician Edward Frenkel argues yes: When Pythagoras discovered his theorem there were, of course, inferences from physical reality, and a lot of mathematics is drawn from our experience in the physical world, but our imagination is limited and a lot of mathematics is actually discovered within the narrative of a hidden mathematical world. If you look […]
Waldman doubts it will pay major dividends: If that serious challenger to Clinton does emerge, he or she is going to need to do a whole lot more than run to the former secretary of state’s left, because in presidential politics, ideological crusades almost always fail. In the last half-century, spanning 13 presidential elections and 26 nominees, […]
A third selection from Emily Dickinson’s newly published “scraps”: But are not all Facts Dreams as soon as we put them behind us— More in this series here and here. (From The Gorgeous Nothings by Emily Dickinson © 2013 by Christine Burgin and New Directions. Transcription images copyright © 2013 by Jen Bervin and Marta Werner. […]
The latest revelation from the documents leaked by Edward Snowden is that the NSA has been snatching up cell phone location records by the billions: The NSA has no reason to suspect that the movements of the overwhelming majority of cellphone users would be relevant to national security. Rather, it collects locations in bulk because […]
In our second video from MAPS founder Rick Doblin, he explains how patients should primarily guide themselves through a psychedelic experience, rather than rely too much on someone else (though it is important to have a sober sitter present to protect the person from the outside world). Doblin also shares an illuminating story about an […]
“The Times Magazine, although it has tried to add modern details, still seems old fashioned, page after page of type. It needs to be read and that seems, I believe to almost everybody, exhausting,” – Michael Wolff. Reading: who needs that shit any more?
Joshua Tucker uses political science to downplay it. Stephen Dyson counters: Why do political scientists place less emphasis on the importance of individual leaders? One reason is that science means moving from studying specific phenomena to developing general explanations. Show More Summary
So Tom Daley has finally come out, good on him but he says he still likes girls, OI DALEY, NO! That's just greedy!— John Lenihan (@JohnLenihan4) December 02, 2013 Ann Friedman is distressed by some of the reactions to Tom Daley’s coming out: “Of course I still fancy girls,” said British diver Tom Daley last week. “But, […]
“I have for a long time looked upon the Conservative party as a body who have betrayed their trust; more from ignorance, I admit, than from design; yet clearly a body of individuals totally unequal to the exigencies of the epoch, and indeed unconscious of its real character,” – Benjamin Disraeli, in his novel, Coningsby, […]
Andy Towle has a dizzyingly long list of what are mercifully becoming less news-worthy events. My vote goes to Ted Chalfen, a senior at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado, for this integrating, positive commencement speech, which managed to avoid all sense of victimology: How can anyone not describe this as a moral advance for […]
Avik Roy susses them out: Now, thanks to the colossal foul-up of the Obamacare exchange software, we might not get to 24 million exchange enrollees by 2017. But let’s say it’s half that. That’s still 12 exchange plus 12 Medicaid equals 24 million Obamacare enrollees by 2017. Is the Republican nominee for President in 2016 […]
No Mandela funeral for the prime minister of Greater Israel. I guess the South Africans are not looking to buy some nukes any more.
Jason Kelce, of the Philadelphia Eagles last night – from a GIF by @_MarcusD_ via the 700 Level.
A reader responds to this post: Check out the Upworthy Generator and try not to laugh.
I’d guess we have 12-18 months until the population develops herd immunity to ‘viral’ headlines. http://t.co/x2GLKF6K8i — Nate Silver (@fivethirtyeight) December 7, 2013 The tweet above is a small moment of hope in a sea of upworthiness. Meanwhile, I cannot get Derek Walcott’s equation of poetry and prayer out of my mind. Nor Jay Parini’s […]