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A Nitpick

In New York magazine, Jesse Singal pens a long defense of free speech on campus. It’s well done, and worth reading. Overall, I’d recommend it. But I must push back against the opening, which includes a rather misleading implication: The...Show More Summary


Busy reading the host’s high recommendation, “World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech” when on page 147 (Kindle edition) I ran across this gem of a paragraph:

Weekend News Roundup for Nov. 18-19, 2017

Christie gets his State House oil portrait now, but I prefer this sidewalk chalk by Justin Escher Alpert. Captures the man, plus it’s under my feet. 2 POWERFUL PIECES OF ART I RECOMMEND TO YOU Read Bruce Lowry’s ‘The State of...Read more

Why Passive Income Is Like the Stock Market

More than ten years ago, in the early days of this blog, John wrote about the concept of trading hours for dollars. If you haven’t read that post, I highly recommend you go back and read it. A lot has changed on the Internet since then, but the fundamental philosophy remains the same. Passive income is the way to go, […]

Recommended Reading: The church of AI

Inside the First Church of Artificial Intelligence Mark Harris, Wired You may know Anthony Levandowski from being at the center of Waymo's lawsuit against Uber, but he's also the "Dean" or leader of a new religion of artificial intelligence. Wired takes a look at Way of the Future's doctrine, Levandowski's role and the quest to create the divine AI.

Weekend picks for book lovers, including Dan Rather's essays

Spend your weekend reading 'What Unites Us' by Dan Rather. Plus more recommendations from USA TODAY's book reviewers.        

The Friday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by autumnal colors.Recommended Reading:Mariame Kaba: [Content Note: Sexual violence; carcerality] Help Criminalized Survivors of Violence for the Holidays!Imani Gandy: [Content Note: Sexual harassment/assault]...Show More Summary

This Bride is Bringing Back Long Sleeves

This wedding is filled to the brim with SO many charming moments, you'll find yourself ooh-ing and ahh-ing throughout the layers of imagery from Tiffany Kokal. First up, I recommend reading the proposal story below—it's set at Lake Louise and ties into the little quote right here. And then, of course, is the Bride's stunning […]

The Wednesday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by the color grey.Recommended Reading:Lili Loofbourow: [Content Note: Misogyny; manipulation; abuse] The Myth of the Male BumblerMegan Koester: [CN: Sexual assault; intimidation] I Tried to Break the Louis C.K. Show More Summary

The Economics of Polarisation

There are other things I want to say about the polarisation of British politics, and as this builds on arguments made in an earlier post I recommend reading it first. Okay, so we know the situation. We have a car crash of a government that makes the Major years at their worst look like a model of good governance. Show More Summary

Celebrity Picks: Brandon Sanderson's Favorite Reads of 2017

So many books; so little time! Sanderson takes a brief break from writing within his extensive Cosmere universe to recommend three books he read and loved this year.

Parents who allow kids to join sects should be stripped of rights – Supreme Court

6 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Russian Supreme Court has ruled in support of legislative recommendation allowing the deprivation of parental rights to citizens who allow their kids to join destructive sects, terrorist groups or other extremist organizations. Read Full Article at

The Monday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by olive oil.Recommended Reading:Andrea Grimes: [Content Note: Rape culture] To the Men Who Are Not Responsible for My ProblemSarah Kendzior: Voter ID Laws, Hackers, Gerrymandering — Just How Much Can a...Show More Summary

10 more words on iPhone X

Well, actually a few more than 10. Misleading headline. Sorry. This isn't a review of the iPhone X; there's been plenty of those. I recommend you read Rene's. I won't go into a long discussion of the geeky tech specs either. For theShow More Summary

Recommended Reading: Trust your gut

Is Your Gut Microbiome the Key to Health and Happiness? Amy Fleming, The Guardian You've likely heard the phrase "trust your gut" at some point in your life, but the key to being healthy and happy could actually lie in all of those organisms in your digestive system. Show More Summary

Weekend picks for book lovers: 'Sticky Fingers,' bio of Jann Wenner

Spend your weekend reading 'Sticky Fingers' by Joe Hagan. Plus more recommendations from USA TODAY's book reviewers.        

The Friday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by baked potatoes.Recommended Reading:Jim Wright: Veteran's Day 2017George Dvorsky: 'Harmless' Radioactive Cloud Drifts Over Europe Following Mysterious Nuclear AccidentViolet Blue: [Content Note: RapeShow More Summary

What to Read When You Want to Read an “Uncomfortable” Book

Authors whose works have been challenged or banned give recommendations on other "uncomfortable" books that will make you a better person for having read them.

Editors’ Choice: 9 New Books We Recommend This Week

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

The Wednesday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by hot sauce.Recommended Reading:Katha Pollitt: Year One: My Anger ManagementPam Merritt: [Content Note: Mass shootings; disablism] Mental Health and Guns: Journalists Aren't Asking the Right QuestionsSameer...Show More Summary

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