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Intelligent Design

Oliver Morton pens a touching tribute to modern science, inspired by a visit to a biotech company that mass-produces designer proteins “that recognise and help the body regulate various sorts of target, notably cancers”: If cells could choose their environment, these pampered tanks would be top of their list. Tens of thousands of hours of […]

Books On Bikes

Adele Peters flags a cool educational experiment: While some elementary schools no longer have recess, and people like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie argue that school days should be even longer, a few schools are already moving in a different direction. Some are testing out standing desks, and realizing that a little bit of activity […]

How The Literary Make A Living

While pondering the eternal question of how full-time artists can fund their work, Alan Jacobs looks back to a 1945 essay by the poet and critic R.P. Blackmur, “The Economy of the American Writer”: From our vantage point, perhaps the most interesting point here is Blackmur’s uncertainty about the most likely source of support for […]

Correction Of The Day

The most British newspaper correction I’ve ever seen, in the Guardian via @eleanorokane — Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) October 12, 2014

Is Amazon A Monopoly? Ctd

Many readers join the debate: I can’t figure out whether Yglesias was being naïve when he says that “suffice it to say that ‘low and often non-existent profits’ and ‘monopoly’ are not really concepts that go together.” That’s exactly what monopolies do. They have enough capital to take a loss for long enough to wipe […]

Following In The Footsteps To Freedom

Photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales retraced the steps of fleeing slaves along the Underground Railroad for her project Through Darkness to Light: Finding that there were few visual records of the secret stations along the escape route, she herself traced the steps taken by many of the 100,000 slaves between the Southern plantations of Louisiana to the […]

On “Getting” Kafka

Recently, we considered how the author’s sense of injustice makes him well-suited for the Internet era. Now, in an essay that explores the many misuses of “Kafka-esque,” Sam Jordison looks back to a David Foster Wallace essay (pdf) on what makes the writer so funny: It’s not that students don’t ‘get’ Kafka’s humour but that […]

A Stand-Up Gal

Linda Holmes calls Cameron Esposito’s new comedy album, Same Sex Symbol, “raunchy and sharp, insightful and very funny”: What comes through in the record throughout is a particular point of view in which people who believe lesbian pornography represents actual lesbians, or people who believe that they’re looking for threesomes, or people who otherwise fail […]

An Otherworldly Metaphor

In an interview, Swamplandia! author Karen Russell discusses why she taught Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. “The book feels subversive to me as an adult reader,” she explains: [Stephanie Palumbo]: How does Bradbury use human activity on Mars as a metaphor? KR: He’s writing against patriotism during the Cold War. […]

Aural Sex, Ctd

A reader relates to this post on autonomous sensory meridian response: I probably won’t be the only Dish-head to write you about this, but ASMR is most definitely a physical sensation. It’s not a matter of belief. (Although it tends to attract people who believe in all manner of woo, like Reiki and chakras and […]

Is The American Political Novel Dead?

David Marcus ponders the question: Since the 1960s, the political novel has gone abroad, into exile, journeying to those countries where politics is still a signifier for action. Nadine Gordimer, V.S. Naipaul, Doris Lessing, J.M. Coetzee, André Brink became its English-language masters. Show More Summary

Mental Health Break

A genius parody of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”: (Hat tip: Jordan Smith)

Keep Those Starry Eyes Peeled

Julian Baggini identifies a “highly contagious meme [that] is spreading around the world,” one that “takes serious ideas and turns them into play, packages big subjects into small parcels, and makes negativity the deadliest of sins.” The culprit? What he terms “Generation TED”: To be progressive and radical once meant being sceptical and opposed to […]

Those Regressive Scandinavians

Cathie Jo Martin and Alexander Hertel-Fernandez note that countries with bigger welfare states tend to have less progressive taxation: The reason Northern European countries with more regressive taxes achieve such high levels of labor market equality, despite less progressive tax systems, is that they spend money on increasing the skills and earning power of low-end […]

Quote For The Day

“There’s a reason so many writers once lived [in Manhattan], beyond the convenient laundromats and the take-out food, the libraries and cafés. We have always worked off the energy generated by this town, the money-making and tower-building as much as the street art and underground cultures. Now the energy is different: the underground has almost […]

Face Of The Day

D.L. Cade describes Elido Turco’s series Dream Creatures as “a study in mirrored tree bark images”: Turco loves walking the mountain paths of his native Friuli with his wife, and for years he would use this time to try and find human forms and faces formed by the bark and roots of the trees in […]

Is Amazon A Monopoly?

Franklin Foer argues that the company is “the shining representative of a new golden age of monopoly that also includes Google and Walmart”: We seem to believe that the Web is far too fluid to fall capture to monopoly. If a site starts to develop the lameness of an AltaVista or Myspace, consumers will unhesitatingly […]

A Poem For Monday

“Morning” by Ellen Bass: after Gwendolyn Brooks The morning of her death she woke fierce, some dormant force revived, insistent. For the last time I sat my mother up, shifted the loose mass of her body to lean against me. Her dried-up legs dangled next to mine, triumphs of will, all the mornings she forced […]

A Terrorized Foreign Policy

Arguing that the Middle East is not nearly as important to US interests as we’re led to believe, Justin Logan deconstructs the notion that we focus so heavily on the region because of terrorism: This explanation for why the Middle East supposedly matters is peculiar, in that the basic contours of U.S. policy in the […]

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