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Hidden Spring: A grassroots alliance between Israelis and Palestinians


Emily Raboteau in Orion Magazine: IT WAS UNUSUALLY HOT FOR JUNE, and the heat was dry at the desert’s edge.

Can you really be addicted to sex?


Emily Bobrow in The Economist: Andrew was in his late 30s when he started feeling that his masturbation habit was getting out of control.

Daniel C. Dennett: A Difference That Makes a Difference


Daniel C. Dennett at Edge.org: Having turned my back on propositions, I thought, what am I going to do about this?

Notes on the Global Condition: Of Bond Vigilantes, Central Bankers, and the Crisis 2008-2017


Adam Tooze over at his website: In May 2009 as the scale of the fiscal shock became clear, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journalreported that markets were up in arms.

The idea of the humanities


Simon During over at academia.edu: Why is it just now that a need is felt for courses on the humanities as such, and why, too, are histories and defences of the humanities pouring from the presses?

The spread of populism in Western countries


Luigi Guiso, Helios Herrera, Massimo Morelli, and Tommaso Sonno in Vox.eu: Several studies have addressed the issue of populism recently.

When evolution is not a slow dance but a fast race to survive


Wendy Orent in Aeon: We think of evolution, described by Charles Darwin in 1859, as a slow dance: nature chooses the best-adapted organisms to reproduce, multiply and survive in any given ecosystem.

Are we condoning the conduct of Hollywood's tyrants by watching their films?


Xan Brooks in The Guardian: If modern day Hollywood has a Harry Lime figure, it is surely Harvey Weinstein, another hubristic monster who played by his own rules.

Michel Foucault - Discourse and Truth

my literary apprenticeship with Ruth Prawer Jhabvala


Anita Desai in The Guardian: Alipur Road was a wide avenue lined with enormous banyan trees, and my mother and I would go for walks along it – to Maiden’s Hotel, which had a small library, or further on to the Quidsia Gardens.

Friday Poem

Rutabaga You darken as my knife slices blushing at what you become. I save your thick leaves and purple skin to feed the cows.   A peasant guest at any meal you agree to hide in fragrant stew or gleam nakedly in butter and chives.  Though your seeds are tiny you grow with fierce will grateful for poor soil and dry days, heave up from the ground under sheltering stalks to sweeten with the frost.

The Unbearable Weirdness of CRISPR


Veronique Greenwood in Nautilus: When Francisco Mojica was 25, he supported himself by tracking bacteria in the Mediterranean off the coast of a tourist haven in southeastern Spain.

Scientists make first ever attempt at gene editing inside the body


From The Guardian: Scientists have tried editing a gene inside the body for the first time, in a bold attempt to tackle an incurable a disease by permanently changing a patient’s DNA.

Thursday Poem

Epistemology Mostly I’d like to feel a little less, know a little more. Knots are on the top of my list of what I want to know.

Rethinking the challenge of anti-muslim bigotry


Kenan Malik in Pandaemonium: In 1997 the British anti-racist organisation the Runnymede Trust published its highly influential report Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All.

Scientists make first ever attempt at gene editing inside the body


From The Guardian: Scientists have tried editing a gene inside the body for the first time, in a bold attempt to tackle an incurable a disease by permanently changing a patient’s DNA.

Any investigation of modern South Asian history -- and the reimagining of the 'Islamic' within it -- immediately implicates colonialism


Nauman Naqvi in Outlook India: Two years in a row, in the opening lecture of a class called ‘What is Modernity?

Why incompetent people think they're amazing

on the malign divinity of tech companies


Samuel Earle at the TLS: “Humans are distinguished from other species”, says Peter Thiel, one of Silicon Valley’s high priests, “by our ability to work miracles.

Miłosz: A Biography


Charles Simic at the NYRB: Miłosz, the Polish poet, writer, diplomat, exile, and Nobel laureate, was a figure whose own life seemed to embody the turmoil of the twentieth century.


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