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Reductio Ad Nietzsche

Simon Smart praises Nick Spencer’s Atheists: The Origins of the Species, remarking that “the most challenging aspect of this work is the way it illuminates the inherently naïve optimism contained in New Atheism’s rendition of the ‘God is dead’ trope”: While there has been no shortage of non-believers who viewed the demise of the divine […]

Veiled Self-Acceptance

#WorldHijabDay4Sep NonMuslim Europeans used to wear Hijab, even little girls! Was a must for ladies. Hijab 4 all — Mariam (@umamame) September 4, 2014 Alice Robb flags some new research about the hijab and body image: A study published in the August edition of the British Journal of Psychology suggests that the hijab actually offers […]

Going To War For God?

Nigel Biggar praises Karen Armstrong’s forthcoming book, Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence, as “a magisterial debunking of the secularist tale” that claims “religion is essentially and uniquely generative of division and violence.” A run down of why she finds that tale too simple: Armstrong’s corrective, complicating history includes a number of […]

Face Of The Day

Traer Scott photographs nocturnal animals like the giant fruit bat above: Nocturnal animals come in all shapes and sizes and constitute a wide variety of species, from reptiles to mammals to insects. “That’s what really kept me fascinated with this project,” [Scott] said. “I was really struck by the diversity, from bugs to giant cats […]

What’s “Awkward” Anyway?

Elif Batuman expands on her definition of awkwardness as “the consciousness of a false position”: Here is the top-rated definition of awkward in Urban Dictionary: “Passing a homeless person on your way to a Coin Star machine.” In other words, denying that you have any spare change while carrying a whole jar of change, a […]

Corporeal Appropriation

Cultural appropriation in fashion isn’t limited to the clothes themselves. Stacia L. Brown takes issue with a Vogue article on “the era of the big booty”: The ways in which black women and their bodies are discussed in mainstream, predominantly white media matters. “Vogue” isn’t the only publication to frame conversation like this poorly. Just […]

America’s Creepiest Home Videos

Richard Metzger spotlights The Memory Hole, a deeply weird video project thought by some to “have been culled from over 300,000 VHS tapes housed in a basement storage space belonging to the producers of America’s Funniest Home Videos“: It’s very Gummo meets Un Chien Andalou meets like Andy Milligan meets Tim and Eric. The producers […]

A Poem For Saturday

Dish poetry editor Alice Quinn writes: Copper Canyon Press has just released a new book by Jericho Brown, welcomed by Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, who is not given to exaggeration, as follows: Jericho Brown’s The New Testament chronicles life and death, personal rituals and blasphemies, race and nation, the good and the bad, as […]

Anti-Drug Propaganda

Leonid Bershidsky warns of its dangers: Perhaps propaganda is the most dangerous drug of all. The U.S. Congress appeared to understand the potentially corrosive effects back in the 1970s and 1980s, when it banned the dissemination on U.S. soil of government-funded media such as Voice of America, partly in an effort to prevent domestic propaganda […]

Give Millennials A Break

A new Pew study finds that the Internet hasn’t totally eroded the reading habits of Generation Y: Millennials, like each generation that was young before them, tend to attract all kinds of ire from their elders for being superficial, self-obsessed, anti-intellectuals. But a study … from the Pew Research Center offers some vindication for the […]

Why Marriage Equality Lags In China

Li Yinhe, a Chinese sociologist who keeps a popular blog on sex and family issues, compares attitudes toward homosexuality in China and the West: In your blog you’ve advocated legalizing same-sex marriage. Is that a realistic goal in China? The attitude toward homosexuality in China is not as absolute as in the West. At least […]

Raining On Your Food Parade

New York's Wine & Food Festival welcomes Meatopia, a meat-lover's paradise. — ForbesLife (@ForbesLife) August 26, 2014 Andrew Simmons frowns at food festivals: Some food festivals trumpet sustainability as a pillar of their mission, but this is self-evidently ridiculous. Show More Summary

A Short Story For Saturday

This week we’re featuring another reader-suggested short story, John Cheever’s “The Death of Justina,” which was a recurring favorite in our recent “Reading Your Way Through Life” thread. It hooks you from the start: So help me God it gets more and more preposterous, it corresponds less and less to what I remember and what […]

Have We Outgrown Growing Up?

A.O. Scott sounds the death knell for adulthood in American culture, arguing that shows like Girls, Broad City, and “a flood of goofy, sweet, self-indulgent and obnoxious improv-based web videos” signal that “nobody knows how to be a grown-up anymore”: It is now possible to conceive of adulthood as the state of being forever young. […]

The Secrets To Happiness

Dave Roberts revisits an old Atlantic essay on the subject: Gratitude and joy are emotions we can muster when we don’t feel threatened, when our lizard brain calms and our prefrontal cortex takes over. But it’s very difficult when our egos feel under siege. Relationships are more meaningful the more we open and extend ourselves […]

Jack The Women-Killer

Jack the Ripper named as Aaron Kosminski, Polish immigrant: book — CBC News Community (@CBCCommunity) September 9, 2014 Katie Engelhart questions the lighthearted cultural obsession with...Show More Summary

Your Saturday Morning Cartoon

Josh Jones digs up a piece of pop culture history: The band themselves had almost nothing to do with the show, other than appearing in an odd promotion. Trading entirely in broad slapstick comedy of the Scooby-Doo variety, the show saw the four mates tumble into one goofy situation after another, some supernatural, some musical, […]

Between Mini And Maxi

Super trendy in late spring/summer but dropping in the Aug. heat, will the midi skirt see a fall comeback? #PolyData — Polyvore (@polyvore) September 4, 2014 Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell reflects on the history...Show More Summary

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