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Philosophy Weekend: Respect For Religion

An Atlantic Monthly article by David A. Graham titled "Why Has Republican Belief in Evolution Declined So Much?" made the rounds last week, citing a Pew Research Center study that shows the percentage of self-identifying Republican voters...Show More Summary

2013 Wrap-Up: A Mockingjay Year

I hope my pick for the most significant book of 2013 will surprise you. It surprises me. For one thing, it's not a book. It wasn't published in 2013. And I've never mentioned it on Litkicks before. Before I explain, here's a quick wrap-up of my year of reading and blogging. Show More Summary

Philosophy Weekend: What "Orwellian" Meant to Orwell

(Privacy in the Internet age is emerging as one of the crucial ethical topics of our era; we've briefly touched upon it here at Philosophy Weekend, but will clearly have to begin devoting more space to the big controversies in 2014.Show More Summary

Paul Auster's Internal Journey

I'll never forget where I was and how I felt when I read the closing pages of Paul Auster's City of Glass, the first and most crucial part of his New York Trilogy, and a formative book for me as a reader and writer. City of Glass was a mock mystery novel. It opened with a noir-ish phone call that led a vulnerable narrator into a drama involving...

Philosophy Weekend: Ubuntu, Ubuntu, Ubuntu

Thanks to Nelson Mandela, I have a new favorite word. I'm serious about this; I like this word a lot. I've known about "Ubuntu" for years, but I always thought it was a distribution of the Linux open source operating system. I've installed and used Ubuntu Linux often. Show More Summary

Canons of Cool

A couple of really great finds for you today... My temperature was no better than lukewarm as I pondered the cover of a book called The Cool School: Writing from America's Hip Underground, a Library of America anthology edited by Glenn O'Brien. The Library of America isn't known for edginess, and books with the word "hip" in their subtitles don't have...

Philosophy Weekend: Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk

I wonder if all the glory that's been heaped upon Nelson Mandela since his death on Thursday is hurting his feelings. This level of adulation has got to be hard for anyone to endure, living or dead. Well, the glory is well-deserved,Show More Summary

The Editor's Story: Andre Schiffrin and Daniel Menaker

Legendary book editor and publisher Andre Schiffrin died last weekend at the age of 78. Years ago, I read his memoir/broadside The Business of Books. Here's Schiffrin describing the scene at Random House in the early 1960s, after Random House acquired Pantheon Books, a literary publisher his father had helped to build: I arrived at the Pantheon...

Philosophy Weekend: Buddha-Nature

A surprising news bulletin made the rounds this week: "Incredible Discovery Reveals Birthplace of Buddha". They did what? The story appears to be credible, though many Westerners like me who feel the significance aren't quite sure how to react. Show More Summary

Notes From Dot Gov Land

As some of you may remember, I spent 2009 writing a memoir about my experiences in New York City's New Media industry from 1993 to 2003. I've often wondered if I would ever write an update. I might someday, and I might even write about...Show More Summary

History Weekend: Ending Sixty Years of Bad Karma With Iran

Every once in a while, a pacifist blogger gets to yell "stop the presses". There was a Philosophy Weekend blog post all ready to go up this morning -- till I heard that the United States of America, Britain, China, Russia, Germany, France...Show More Summary

Some Yucky Blucky News About Barbara Park and Junie B. Jones

I would have never known about Barbara Park's Junie B. Jones books if my younger daughter hadn't been just the right age to catch on and bring the books home. I enjoyed reading them with her very much, and immediately recognized the character as a delightful 1990s version of Ramona G. Quimby, the inquisitive kindergarten scamp of my own generation....

Philosophy Weekend: Slavoj Zizek and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

Slovenian philosopher and Litkicks favorite Slavoj Zizek has been exchanging letters with Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, who is in jail for staging this protest in a Moscow cathedral: The letters have now been widely published,...Show More Summary

A Writer's Family: Roxana Robinson and Harriet Beecher Stowe

(We've been talking to novelist Roxana Robinson about her unique family history, which includes two celebrated 19th century Americans, Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe. In this conclusion to the two-part interview, we talk...Show More Summary

A Writers' Family: Roxana Robinson and Henry Ward Beecher

It wasn't long after I became enraptured by the uncommon fiction of Roxana Robinson that I learned she was a direct descendant of the famous, controversial 19th century preacher Henry Ward Beecher and a relative of Uncle Tom's Cabin author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Show More Summary

Philosophy Weekend: Alienation in America

Today's Philosophy Weekend is a question: what is the meaning of the extreme alienation that seems to be growing between two loosely defined political opinion groups in the United States of America? Of course, the division between conservativism and liberalism is nothing new. Show More Summary

Constellation of Genius: 1922 by Kevin Jackson

1922 was a special year for modernist literature. On February 2, James Joyce was the shy guest of honor at a small publication party for Ulysses in Paris. Sylvia Beach showed Joyce the book for the first time that day, thus establishing...Show More Summary

Nine Concerts In Search of Lou Reed (Part 3)

(This blog post about my lifetime of Lou Reed concerts is the second of three parts. Here are part one and part two.) It's Sunday morning, exactly one week since Lou Reed died. I've been touched by many tributes since then, and as IShow More Summary

Nine Concerts In Search of Lou Reed (Part 2)

This is the continuation of a three-part memoir of a 32-year span of Lou Reed concerts, 1979 to 2011. Part one is here. I guess it was good news that Lou Reed had cleaned up his lifestyle and gotten sober sometime in early 1979, just before I went to my first Lou Reed concert. Show More Summary

Nine Concerts In Search of Lou Reed

In the past 34 years I've seen Lou Reed in concert nine times. The last show was in 2011. The first was on July 10, 1979 at a nightclub called My Father's Place in Roslyn, Long Island. I was 17 years old. Why did I spend 34 years ofShow More Summary

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