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Of all the miracles that pinpoint the histories of our literatures, few are as miraculous as that of the birth of Alice in Wonderland. The well-known story is worth repeating. On the afternoon of July 4, 1862, the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, accompanied by his friend the Reverend...
"It's funny because it's true." There are a lot of theories, like this one, that try to explain why we find things funny. But like the blind man's description of the elephant, most of them are only partially right. In their recently published book Inside Jokes: Using Humor to...
"Intertwingularity" is a term coined by Ted Nelson to express the complexity of interrelations in human knowledge. He wrote: "EVERYTHING IS DEEPLY INTERTWINGLED. In an important sense there are no "subjects" at all; there is only all knowledge, since the cross-connections among...
Alexander Bevilacqua in n+1:
Slavenka Drakulic in Eurozine:
Isaac Chotiner reviews Patrick French's India: A Portrait, in TNR:
Jhumpa Lahiri in The New Yorker:
In the fifth grade, I won a small prize for a story called “The Adventures of a Weighing Scale,” in which the eponymous narrator describes an assortment of people and other creatures who visit it. Eventually the weight of the world is too much, the scale...
Natalie Angier in The New York Times:
Among nature’s grand inventory of multicellular creatures, jellyfish seem like the ultimate other, as alien from us as mobile beings can be while still remaining within the kingdom Animalia. Where is the head, the heart, the back, the front, the matched...
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