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The Italian Referendum Victory


Nikil Saval in n + 1: The "NO" vote triumph is being assimilated in the Anglo-American press to the broad journalistic narrative of “anti-establishment populist revolt.” But the message to be derived from it is distinct from the votes for Brexit, or for Trump; for once this year (twice, if you include the narrow escape in Austria), a vote brings good news.

We Spoke to the Surgeon Who Gave a Man His Penis Back


Sheherzad Preisler in Nautilus: In May this year, Curtis Cetrulo, a plastic-reconstructive surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, performed the first penis transplant in the United States.

The United States Is Not an Apocalyptic Wasteland, Explains Steven Pinker


Phil Torres in Motherboard (at Vice): Motherboard: Trump has repeatedly painted an apocalyptic picture of contemporary America.

Alexandr Misko plays 'Billie Jean' on a guitar

Video length: 3:53

the lightness of errol flynn


Brian Doyle at The American Scholar: I know this sounds crazy—believe me, I know—but I just saw 19 Errol Flynn movies in a row (from Captain Blood, the 1935 film that made him instantly famous, to 1953’s The Master of Ballantrae, his last decent film and good performance before he died in 1959, only 50 years old), and I just read all three of the books he wrote, and I have read an awful lot written and said about him by other people.

How the publishing industry took on the taboo


Louis Menand at The New Yorker: Contrary to what, Googling around, you might assume, obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment.

Odd Jobs


Anna Hartford at Threepenny Review: I became utterly in thrall to London. I wanted nothing more than to think of myself as legitimate there.

Can You Get Too Much Protein?


Roni Caryn Rabin in The New York Times: Protein has achieved a venerated status in the dietary world for everything from building muscle to preventing weight gain.

Are American Professors More Responsive to Requests Made by White Male Students?


by Jalees Rehman Less than one fifth of PhD students in the United States will be able to pursue tenure track academic faculty careers once they graduate from their program.

Monday Poem

In Books when words make love sentences are born the world’s heft is changed by the weight of nouns, the hesitations of hyphens and commas,  like the space between breaths,  tell the rhythm of what’s new and what’s been,  the dead stops of periods spell the end of what a breath holds, adjectives, like the blood blush of infants color clauses, articles wrap things in skin, pronouns, unlike the particular names of new beings, often identify the generalities of their forms by inclusion, by saying, “We,” suggesting that mine and thine share, and verbs are the darting eyes of fresh life, the spastic gestures of unfamiliarity, the random smiles that pass in the features of infants, sudden, uncalled-for and of course the cautious steps of the old reaching for footholds that once came naturally, without thought, before the foreshadows of final words .

Precipitations of Forms


by Daniel Ranard you cannot     turn around in the Absolute:  there are no entrances or exits     no precipitations of forms to use like tongs against the formless —A.R.

On Saving Nuance


by Shadab Zeest Hashmi We are at the Original Pancake House. Walking through these double doors, a life-size mirror is always the first to meet me, but I am never shocked by the reflection as I am now.

Post-Truth Politics?


by Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse Still reeling from the unexpected outcome of the US presidential election, commentators understandably have begun diagnosing the political and intellectual condition of the country.

The Law of Small Numbers


Richard & Louise Guy [1] by Jonathan Kujawa On the occasion of Richard Guy's 100th birthday. Human beings have a talent for spotting patterns.

Precipitations of Forms


by Daniel Ranard you cannot     turn around in the Absolute:  there are no entrances or exits     no precipitations of forms to use like tongs against the formless —A.R.

A Haiku Primer and Sea Slugs


by Olivia Zhu A month ago, I wrote about haikus that wended their way through the Internet and found me.

Are American Professors More Responsive to Requests Made by White Male Students?


by Jalees Rehman Less than one fifth of PhD students in the United States will be able to pursue tenure track academic faculty careers once they graduate from their program.

CATSPEAK


by Brooks Riley

Creative Receptivity


by Dwight Furrow Goldsworthy, Maple Leaves Arrangement There is an ingrained set of assumptions and attitudes about creativity in the arts that harms our understanding of art and ultimately human existence.

Frank Ramsey (1903–1930): A Sister’s Memoir


Ray Monk in the New York Review of Books: “Well, God has arrived. I met him on the 5:15 train.” Thus, in the New Year of 1929, was Ludwig Wittgenstein’s return to Cambridge announced by John Maynard Keynes in a letter to his wife, Lydia Lopokova.


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