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How do wealth and income inequality develop? And how can they be reversed?


Matt Bruenig in Jacobin: When American Airlines announced last month that it would boost the pay of its pilots and flight attendants by around $1 billion, investors were livid.

Why war with Pakistan — is not an option for India


Raghu Raman writes: For all the xenophobic war mongering touted in every medium, India cannot ‘win’ a war against Pakistan and the sooner we appreciate this politico-military reality, the more coherent and serious we will sound to our adversaries and the world community.

Harold Evans’s style guide is newsman’s balderdash


Oliver Kamm in The Sunday Times of London: Not knowing what a passive is, Evans just throws the term around regardless.

Game theory says you should charge your friends to borrow things


Timothy Revell in New Scientist [h/t: Jennifer Ouellette]: Want to borrow my tent? No problem, that will be £25 please.

A lit crit of the party manifestos


Terry Eagleton in The Guardian: The title of the Conservative party manifesto is “Forward, Together”, presumably because “Backward, Apart” isn’t much of a vote catcher.

Many like it hot


Josie Delap in More Intelligent Life: On an ordinary Monday evening Nando’s in Whitechapel in east London is buzzing.

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Martin Luther’s Burning Questions


Ingrid Rowland in The New York Review of Books: On All Hallow’s Eve of 1517, Martin Luther, Augustinian friar and professor of theology, posted a broadsheet on the faculty bulletin board of tiny, provincial Wittenberg University in the German state of Saxony (which happened to be the door of the church attached to the local lord’s castle).

Spiders appear to offload cognitive tasks to their webs, making them one of a number of species with a mind that isn’t fully confined within the head


Joshua Sokol in Quanta: Millions of years ago, a few spiders abandoned the kind of round webs that the word “spiderweb” calls to mind and started to focus on a new strategy.

Google's AI Is Now Creating Its Own AI


From IFL Science: Google’s pretty good when it comes to designing artificial intelligence. Its most famous neural network, DeepMind, is both able to “dream” and understand the benefits of betrayal.

The Return of the Repressed


Wolfgang Streeck in The New Left Review: What is significant about the politics of internationalization is the conformity with which those described as ‘elites’, contemptuously by the ‘populists’ and approvingly by themselves, react to the new parties.

Shahrukh Khan TED talk 2017: The Future You

Video length: 17:55 [Thanks to Syed Tasnim Raza.]

Philip Pullman offers first look at His Dark Materials follow-up


Danuta Kean at The Guardian: An 11-year-old boy called Malcolm Polstead – who lives in an inn on the banks of the river Thames in Oxford – will be at the centre of the first volume of Philip Pullman’s hotly anticipated new trilogy.

OUR STREET BY SÁNDOR TAR


Szabolcs László at the Quarterly Conversation: Tar’s real strength lies in his ability to reveal the general human condition through the articulation of the particular.

Philip Pullman offers first look at His Dark Materials follow-up


Danuta Kean at The Guardian: An 11-year-old boy called Malcolm Polstead – who lives in an inn on the banks of the river Thames in Oxford – will be at the centre of the first volume of Philip Pullman’s hotly anticipated new trilogy.

denis johnson (1949 - 2017)


The writer Denis Johnson died yesterday. This is a little something I wrote about his book The Laughing Monsters three years ago.

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Denis Johnson’s Poetic Visions of a Fallen World


Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times: In one of the rare interviews he did, the fiction writer and poet Denis Johnson — who died on Wednesday at 67 — was asked about his craft, and he quoted these lines from Joseph Conrad: “My task which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word to make you hear, to make you feel — it is, before all, to make you see.


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