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In Defense of Peter Beinart

Israel_tank_rtr_img(1)Dana Goldstein in The Nation:

I write about Israel-Palestine issues only occasionally, because the onslaught of emails and comments calling me a self-hating Jew can be emotionally overwhelming. It’s also difficult to weather the respectful but strident disagreement from some friends and...

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Neuroscientists: We Don’t Really Know What We Are Talking About, Either

Brain-dunce-cap-300x283Ferris Jabr over at the Scientific American blog:

At a surprise April 1 press conference, a panel of neuroscientists confessed that they and most of their colleagues make up half of what they write in research journals and tell reporters. “We’re always qualifying our conclusions by...

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White Until Proven Black: Imagining Race in Hunger Games

Rue-hunger-gamesAnna Holmes in The New Yorker [h/t: Linta Varghese]:

On Tuesday, February 28th, a twenty-nine-year-old Canadian male fan of Suzanne Collins’s dystopian young adult trilogy, “The Hunger Games,” logged onto the popular blogging platform Tumblr for the first time and created a site he called...

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The Mastery of Non-Mastery

Tumblr_m1omardgY11qhwx0oJennifer Wallace on Michael Taussig’s I Swear I Saw This, in the Los Angeles Review of Books:

There are two types of anthropologists: One models himself on the scientist, treating the world as his laboratory, people as his raw data. He mounts surveys, crunches numbers, and, crucially, remains...

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Michael Ondaatje with Carolyn Forché

Over at the Lannan Foundation, a reading and a conversation:

The Center of the Rebellion

Seneca Falls NY May 2011_Womens Rights Natl Hist Park early supportter statues 2Lynne Weiss over at the always interesting "Dispatches" section of The Common:

Seneca Falls has a much bigger place in history than it does in geography. It is usually mentioned only as the location of the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention, famously organized by women’s rights crusader,...

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Gershwin Writ Small

Horowitz_247524hJoseph Horowitz on the controversial production of Porgy and Bess now on Broadway, in the TLS:

Porgy and Bess – with music by George Gershwin, a book by DuBose Heyward, and lyrics by Heyward and Ira Gershwin – split opinion when it opened on Broadway in 1935. No American could respond...

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AQuantum Theory of Mitt Romney

01QUANTUM2-popupDavid Javerbaum in the NYT:

Before Mitt Romney, those seeking the presidency operated under the laws of so-called classical politics, laws still followed by traditional campaigners like Newt Gingrich. Under these Newtonian principles, a candidate’s position on an issue tends to stay at rest...

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Dear Don Draper, It’s a Wonderful Life

Adam Wilson in The Paris Review:

AshtrayDear Don Draper,

Birthday greetings from the year 2012! Adam Wilson here, writing to tell you that things will be okay!

I know life looks bleak right now, Don. You just turned forty. You’re feeling it. Your frown lines tell the tale, your...

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The fall of the Roman empire and the rise of Islam

Tom Holland in The Guardian:

Medusa-head-008Whenever modern civilisations contemplate their own mortality, there is one ghost that will invariably rise up from its grave to haunt their imaginings. In February 1776, a few months after the publication of the first volume of The Decline and Fall of the Roman...

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Sunday Poem

This One and That One

This one and That one and the Other have families
that are happy and solid, children, grandchildren
even great-grandchildren, who are blonde and study hard,
and verygoodkids, they are good and Christian people
but meanwhile your own children, God of God are ...

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