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Animal Minds: The new anthropomorphism

Brandon Keim in The Chronicle of Higher Education: In recent years scientists have even found that insects possess evolutionarily ancient brain structures responsible for creating mental maps of one’s own place in space.

Tuesday Poem

martha promise receives leadbelly, 1935 when your man comes home from prison,  when he comes back like the wound  and you are the stitch,  when he comes back with pennies in his pocket  and prayer fresh on his lips,  you got to wash him down first.  you got to have the wildweed and treebark boiled  and calmed, waiting for his skin like a shining baptism  back into what he was before gun barrels and bars  chewed their claim in his hide and spit him  stumbling backwards into screaming sunlight.

Hillary Clinton will make a fine US president

Editorial in Nature: In March 2011, this publication suggested that the US Congress seemed lost in the “intellectual wilderness”.

Madder than you Think

by Holly A. Case Alen R. (left) and Arkan (right) Is there a relationship between politics and madness?


by Mathangi Krishnamurthy Interviews and dates begin thus, "Tell me something about yourself". In that moment, I balk.

Madder than you Think

by Holly A. Case Alen R. (left) and Arkan (right) Is there a relationship between politics and madness?

How I was drawn to birds

by Hari Balasubramanian There are interests that lie dormant within us, waiting to take hold some day.


by Richard King The late Alexander Cockburn once suggested – mischievously, as was his wont – that the principal reason The New York Times published a "Corrections" column every morning was to convince its readers that everything else in the previous day's paper had been 100% true, morally as well as factually.

Our Complicated Response to Extravagance

by Emrys Westacott Donald Trump epitomizes extravagance. Not the imprudently living beyond one's means sort of extravagance criticized by Ben Franklin, but the kind that spares no expense in the quest to gratify one's desires and impress people.

What Can I Do? Gündüz Vassaf's Call for Action in a Time of Rampant Pessimism, Part 1

by Humera Afridi On a recent weekend morning, I spoke with eminent writer and intellectual Gündüz Vassaf at his home on the island of Sedef in Turkey.

"Art thou a man?"

by Carl Pierer Much has been written about Zeffirelli's adaption of Romeo & Juliet, in particular its focus on the themes of youth and beauty.

Now it’s time to prepare for the Machinocene

Huw Price in Aeon: Should we be concerned? People have been speculating about machine intelligence for generations – so what’s new?

Siddharth Varadarajan: The confessions of an Indian editor

Siddharth Varadarajan in The Wire: Emile Zola was a great man and an even greater writer. His 1898 article, ‘J’accuse…’, in which he indicted the French establishment of his day for its anti-semitism, is a classic of journalism.


Marlon James in Literary Hub: The problem is all this talking. Liberals, in particular love to talk. We debate issues, we explore the conservative angle (despite them never returning the favor), we talk about solutions, we even try to tolerate those who would not tolerate us.

Scientists think the common cold may at last be beatable

Carl Zimmer in Stat: Time and again, Martin Moore’s children get sick with a cold. He hauls them to their doctor, who then informs him that there’s nothing to be done aside from taking them home and waiting it out.

The election may be over soon, but Trump's far-right supporters are here to stay

Anis Shivani in AlterNet: As the mainstream media keep up their relentless barrage of criticism of Donald Trump’s personal foibles, and as Hillary Clinton’s campaign takes advantage of it in a manner that seems clearly coordinated, the genuine concerns of nearly half of all Americans Donald Trump has tapped into are being ignored and sidelined by the intellectual elite.

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The Cunning of Destruction: Elizabeth Hardwick’s exquisite diffidence

Brian Dillon in Cabinet: 
Consider the possibilities broached in “Billie Holiday.” Here is Hardwick describing a young trumpet player (most probably Joe Guy) with whom the singer had recently become involved: “He was as thin as a stick and his lovely, round, light face, with frightened, shiny, round eyes, looked like a sacrifice impaled upon the stalk of his neck.” Or recalling Holiday’s coiffure: “And always the lascivious gardenia, worn like a large, white, beautiful ear….

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