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Exploring Srinagar's alpine meadows, and the poetry of its mountains and people

Vivek Menezes in National Geographic: It was Kashimiri poetry that sparked the idea of a family summer holiday in Srinagar.

The obsession with eating natural and artisanal is ahistorical, we should demand more high-quality industrial food

Rachel Laudan in Jacobin: Modern, fast, processed food is a disaster. That, at least, is the message conveyed by newspapers and magazines, on television cooking programs, and in prizewinning cookbooks.

The Caveman’s Home Was Not a Cave

Jude Isabella at Nautilus: It was the 18th-century scientist Carolus Linnaeus that laid the foundations for modern biological taxonomy.

The Muslim ‘No’

Michael Marder at The European: Each of the three monotheistic religions, commonly referred to as ‘Abrahamic’, has its own affirmation of faith, a single statement held to be fundamental by its adherents.

When Kansas Took Colorado to Court

Ben Merriman at n+1: WHY DO THESE PEOPLE need so much water? The answer, in large part, is corn. In the 19th century, cattle raised on the plains were shipped off to Chicago for slaughter, but over time meatpacking moved progressively closer to the cow.

The myth of victory: Are Americans' Ideas about war stuck in WWII?

Mark Kukis in Aeon: Since the early 1980s, conflicts have generally become more fragmented, meaning they involve more than two warring parties.

John Nash's Beautiful Life

Matt Schiavenza in The Atlantic: John Nash, a Nobel laureate and mathematical genius whose struggle with mental illness was documented in the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, was killed in a car accident on Saturday.

Nature’s Waste Management Crews

Natalie Angier in The New York Times: One of the biggest mistakes my husband made as a new father was to tell me he thought his diaper-changing technique was better than mine.

Tuesday Poem

No Snow Fell On Eden . as i remember it – there was no snow,  so no thaw or tao as you say no snowmelt drooled down the brae; no human footfall swelled into that of a yeti baring what it shoulda kept hidden; no yellow ice choked bogbean; there were no sheepskulls  in the midden –  it was no allotment, eden –   they had a hothouse, an orangery, a mumbling monkey; there was no cabbage-patch  of rich, roseate heads; there was no innuendo no sea, no snow There was nothing funny about a steaming bing of new manure.

Monday Poem

right here put down the guitar and puddled a cord at the base of the microphone stand just after there’d been music right here at hand .

The Shape of Things and the 2015 Abel Prize

by Jonathan Kujawa In Oslo on May 19 John Nash and Louis Nirenberg received the 2015 Abel Prize "for striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis".

Transmutations of the Qasida Form and Ghalib’s Qasida for Queen Victoria

by Shadab Zeest Hashmi I was first inspired to write a Qasida in English when I came across Lorca’s “Casida de la Rosa” while researching the history of Al Andauls for my book-length series of poems on Muslim Spain.


Christian Faur. Melodie 02, 2011. Installation, 2000 hand cast encaustic crayons. More here and here.

On the Sight of Sound

by Misha Lepetic "I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas.  I'm frightened of the old ones."  ~ John Cage Not long after moving to New York around 2000, I picked up an odd little side gig, as a gallery sitter at a space called Engine 27.


by Brooks Riley

The “Invisible Web” Undermines Health Information Privacy

by Jalees Rehman "The goal of privacy is not to protect some stable self from erosion but to create boundaries where this self can emerge, mutate, and stabilize.

This Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Has a Few Concerns

Natalie Wolchover in Wired: IN JANUARY, THE British-American computer scientist Stuart Russell drafted and became the first signatory of an open letter calling for researchers to look beyond the goal of merely making artificial intelligence more powerful.

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