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looking behind the stuff and nonsense

Alice in Wonderland 2
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...





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funnily enough

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"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...





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enter the inertwingularity

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"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...





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Beyond Orientalism

Image Alexander Bevilacqua in n+1:

Many readers have been introduced to European–Near East relations by the books of Bernard Lewis and Edward Said, both of whom, albeit in very different ways, emphasized the missed opportunities and the lack of commensurability between European and Arab and...

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Who created Ratko Mladic?

Mladic_poster_468x125 Slavenka Drakulic in Eurozine:

Ratko Mladic will now be judged in a court of law, which is the only way to determine whether an individual is guilty or innocent. But is his individual guilt – as well as that of other war criminals on all sides – all it boils down to? After the terrible...

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Bigness

799px-Women_of_Puducherry Isaac Chotiner reviews Patrick French's India: A Portrait, in TNR:

Patrick French’s India: A Portrait, which the author calls an “intimate biography of 1.2 billion people,” has received a number of hostile notices in the Indian press. As in the case of Slumdog Millionaire, many of the...

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Trading Stories

Jhumpa Lahiri in The New Yorker:

Jhumpa 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...

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So Much More Than Plasma and Poison

Natalie Angier in The New York Times:

Jelly 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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