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Friday Poem

In a Neighborhood in Los Angeles I learned Spanish from my grandma mijito don't cry she'd tell me on the mornings my parents would leave to work at the fish canneries my grandma  would chat with chairs sing them old songs dance waltzes with them in the kitchen when she'd say niño barrigón she'd laug

Profs Bumble Into Big Legal Trouble After Election Experiment Goes Way Wrong

Dylan Scott in TPM: Political scientists from two of the nation's most highly respected universities, usually impartial observers of political firestorms, now find themselves at the center of an electoral drama with tens of thousands of dollars and the election of two state supreme court justices at stake.

Why is the World Ignoring the Revolutionary Kurds in Syria?

David Graeber in The Guardian: The autonomous region of Rojava, as it exists today, is one of few bright spots – albeit a very bright one – to emerge from the tragedy of the Syrian revolution.

Crisis in Mexico: Could Forty-Three Missing Students Spark a Revolution?

Francisco Goldman in The New Yorker (photo by Macro Ugarte/AP): On Sunday morning, a heartbreaking headline appeared on the news Web site SinEmbargo, which is based here in Mexico City: “I Know My Son Is Alive and That He Will Be a Teacher.” The speaker was Manuel Martínez, the thirty-five-year-old father of a seventeen-year-old boy named Mario, who has been missing since September 26th, along with many of his classmates at the Ayotzinapa Normal teacher-training school.

Friday Poem

In a Neighborhood in Los Angeles I learned Spanish from my grandma mujito don't cry she'd tell me on the mornings my parents would leave to work at the fish canneries my grandma  would chat with chairs sing them old songs dance waltzes with them in the kitchen when she'd day niño barrigón she'd laug

What an Intact Family Has to Do with the American Dream, in Six Charts

Wilcox and Lerman in National Review: The standard portrayals of economic life for ordinary Americans and their families paint a bleak picture of stagnancy, rising economic inequality, joblessness, and low levels of economic mobility.

Small Wonders

Larry Greenemeier in Scientific American: For the past four decades the Nikon Small World competition has placed photography under the microscope, with eye-catching results.

nabokov's letters to his wife

Eric Naiman at The Times Literary Supplement: We are used to the Nabokov who wrote for a robust, “panting and happy” reader, for the climber of “trackless slopes”.

on Thomas Pfau’s "Minding the Modern"

Elizabeth Pritchard at Immanent Frame: Let me start with a confession. I am not particularly keen on stories of modernity in which “modernity” figures as a character and in which the plot—surprise—entails a “fall” or “break.” Thomas Pfau’s Minding the Modern is a long telling of this tale, containing some wonderfully astute scenes and bringing on stage two of my favorite thinkers, John Locke and Theodor Adorno (the first appearing as a culprit and the second as an ally).

Anne Sexton's band

Kelsey Osgood at Harper's Magazine: From 1967 until their disbanding in 1971, the group wrote and performed.

Searching for the Fountain of Youth

Sam Anderson in the NYT Magazine (photo Dolly Faibyshev for The New York Times): For more than 100 years, Punta Gorda has claimed to have the Fountain of Youth: an artesian well that once drew such long lines of tourists that, according to National Geographic, the fountain’s handle had to be replaced every six months.

Professor Pinker and Professor Strunk

Geoffrey Pullum in the Chronicle of Higher Education: The voice on BBC radio was that of Professor Steven Pinker, fluent and engaging as ever.

David Graeber and Thomas Piketty: An exchange on capital, debt, and the future

From The Baffler: Moderators: You both appear to think that the prevailing economic and financial system has run its course, and cannot endure much longer in its present form.

Honey Buzzards GPS Track Animation

Based on real data (latitude, longitude and height) from the University of Amsterdam the animation initially shows the tracks of 12 birds, but then concentrates on a pair - male and female, as they migrate south in Autumn 2010 from the Veluwe forest in the Netherlands to warmer weather on the African coast (Liberia, Ghana and Cameroon).

An “Imminent Cure” for Diabetes? The Real Story Behind the Headlines

Wudan Yan in Hippo Reads: You may have read recent media stories stating that a cure for Type I Diabetes is “imminent” and wondered what the buzz was about—is a cure indeed imminent and, if so, what does this mean for modern medicine?

Thursday Poem

Mahayana Catholic Each morning I sit Stone still On a pillow And recite The Sutra on Loving Kindness, Then breathe.

The Caribbean Zola

Craig Lambert in Harvard Magazine: In the spring of 2012, Brown University hosted an extraordinary academic conference.

Azar Nafisi: ‘Books are representative of the most democratic way of living’

Viv Groskop in The Guardian: Azar Nafisi, 58, is an Iranian writer and professor of English literature.

Zero Hour

Joanna Scutts in Lapham's Quarterly: In The Burning of the World, his recently discovered memoir of the first few weeks of World War I, the Hungarian artist, officer, and man about town Béla Zombory-Moldován writes frequently about his attachment to his watch.

Everything and Moore

Tim Martin in Aeon (Illustration by Lee Moyer): Alan Moore is waiting when I get off the train in Northampton, a majestically bearded figure in a hoodie, scanning the crowd that pushes through the turnstiles with a look of fearsome intent.