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The Originality of the Species

Atoms-artwork-008Ian McEwan in The Guardian (via Mark Trodden):

[T]he modern artefact bears the stamp of personality. The work is the signature. The individual truly possesses his or her own work, has rights in it, defines himself by it. It is private property that cannot be trespassed on. A great body of law...

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How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries


An Antimatter Breakthrough

From Liz Mermin's documentary in progress: "On 7 March, the journal Nature published the latest results from the ALPHA experiment at CERN. The findings were called "historic." ALPHA first made science history in 2010, when they created atoms of anti-hydrogen; in 2011 they succeeded in trapping and...

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Cynthia Nixon, Joseph Massad, and Not Being an American Gigolo

FoucaultScott Long in A Paper Bird:

In the politics of identity, bisexuals are hated because they stand for choice. The game is set up so as to exclude the middle; bisexuals get squeezed out. in the “LGBT” word, the “B” is silent. John Aravosis, for instance, says that if you’re into both...

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Hey Dude

0212ILIN01Robert Lane Greene in More Intelligent Life (for Sophie Schulte-Hillen):

Slang rarely has staying power. That is part of its charm; the young create it, and discard it as soon as it becomes too common. Slang is a subset of in-group language, and once that gets taken up by the out-group, it’s...

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The Return of Mad Men and the End of TV's Golden Age

IAndy Greenwald in Grantland:

[L]ike the Komodo dragon or Kirk Cameron, a few Golden Age shows remain in production even if their evolutionary time has passed. Larry David will keep kvetching as long as there's bile in his body, and the brilliant Breaking Bad has one more batch of crystal to...

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The Birangana and the birth of Bangladesh

From Himal Southasian:

Laxmi_bangla_slider(1)The year 1971 was a landmark in Southasian history for many reasons. It included the birth of Bangladesh but also the war fought by Pakistan and India. It was perhaps the only such conflict involving the three most populous Southasian countries, clashing for the first...

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The Chemistry of Tears

From The Telegraph:

Daniel_main_2174773bIt is not an exaggeration to say that Peter Carey has given new meaning to the term “historical fiction”. Nowadays novels set in the past are the norm; they seem likely to outnumber those set in the present. In the Eighties, when Carey started writing them, they...

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A Boy to Be Sacrificed

Abdellah Taïa in the New York Times:

ScreenHunter_05 Mar. 25 07.46In the Morocco of the 1980s, where homosexuality did not, of course, exist, I was an effeminate little boy, a boy to be sacrificed, a humiliated body who bore upon himself every hypocrisy, everything left unsaid. By the time I was 10, though no one spoke...

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