Order Of The Day: Eisenhower And D-Day

by Michael Liss Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with … | Continue reading

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A Biden Paradox

by R. Passov A few weeks back, I flew to Los Angeles for my 40th business school reunion. I went knowing it was going to be a hopeless affair. I was the odd man out forty years ago and remain so. I had stumbled into business school not out of some ambition to make a… | Continue reading

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Monday Poem

Art Here is this tree before me whose skin is as fissured and split as the landscape of the Rockies as if a network of rivers had, for centuries, by force of friction, sculpted canyons into its surface; bark beaten by torrents of rain, dried by torch of sun, torn by whip of wind, … | Continue reading

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Two Dots

by Rafaël Newman It was my birthday last month, a “round” one, as anniversaries ending in zero are known in Switzerland; and in gratitude for having made it to a veritably Sumerian age, as well as for the good health and happiness I am currently enjoying, I threw a large party fo … | Continue reading

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Red, Write, and Blues

by Claire Chambers Introduction Hari Kunzru has recently completed the third novel in his three colours trilogy about race, class, and the arts. White Tears concerns music and was published in 2017. Red Pill deals with literature and came out in 2020. And Blue Ruin zeroes in on f … | Continue reading

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LaToya Ruby Frazier. Mom and Mr.Yerby’s hands, 2005. Silver gelatin print. More here and here. | Continue reading

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Taking a Good Hard Look: Teapots and Bronzes

by Leanne Ogasawara 1. All I wanted, I told him, was “the perfect teapot.” Just one would be enough, I said, but it had to be perfect (1) — as if a teapot could make everything else in the world okay. A seemingly simple task, and yet finding it was elusive as any great chase.… | Continue reading

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Rethinking Atheism

by Akim Reinhardt The turn of the 21st century saw a burst of atheistic declarations and critiques in the United States and Great Britain, led by a small group of celebrity atheists including Philosopher Daniel Dennett, Biologist Richard Dawkins, and journalist Christopher Hitche … | Continue reading

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The Art of Helping

by Marie Snyder A little learning is a dang’rous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again. ~ Alexander Pope Is it, though? We’re in a mental health crisis and people need more access to h … | Continue reading

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Why I Am a Jew

by David Winner Throughout most of my life, I periodically napped in the back sitting room of my parent’s house in Charlottesville, gazing at an enormous shelf of my father’s books. Why I am a Jew was an unlikely title to find. Though my father was most certainly a Jew, he was fi … | Continue reading

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Monday Photos: Roadside Roses in Vahrn, South Tyrol

Monday Photos: Roadside Roses in Vahrn, South Tyrol Posted on Monday, Jun 17, 2024 3:05AMMonday, June 17, 2024 by S. Abbas Raza (Monday Photos) | Continue reading

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Toilet Train Your Tyrannosaur

by Paul Braterman According to the anthropologist James Bielo, such places as the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter provide sacred infotainment, in which visitors imagine that their own lived experience is Bible-based. This requires an illusion of authenticity, with no concern fo … | Continue reading

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Affective Technology, Part 1: Poems and Stories

by William Benzon This is the first in a series of three articles on literature consider as affective technology, affective because it can transform how we feel, technology because it is an art (tekhnē) and, as such, has a logos. In this first article I present the problem, follo … | Continue reading

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Laws meant to keep different races apart still influence dating patterns, decades after being invalidated

Solangel Maldonado at The Conversation: If you are single and looking for a romantic partner, chances are that you have used a dating app. But the likelihood that others will like, or even see, your profile may depend on your race. Studies have found that all people on dating app … | Continue reading

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Bill Gates: We just broke ground on America’s first next-gen nuclear facility

Bill Gates in Gates Notes: Today is a big one for Kemmerer—for the coal plant workers who will be able to see their future job site being constructed across the highway, for the local construction workers who will be part of a 1,600-person skilled labor force building the plant, … | Continue reading

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Susannah’s grandad ran Bengal when famine killed millions

Kavita Puri at the BBC: “I feel enormous shame about what happened,” Susannah Herbert tells me. Her grandfather was the governor of Bengal, in British India, during the run-up and height of the 1943 famine which killed at least three million people. She is only just learning abou … | Continue reading

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A conversation with my “they”

Dan Piraro at Bizarro and Naked Cartoonist: I successfully raised two children to adulthood who, until recently, I called my daughters. But in the past year, one of them has asked that I not refer to her with terms associated with females. She doesn’t feel that words like “her,” … | Continue reading

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Françoise Hardy (1944 – 2024) Singer-Songwriter And Actor

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Tony Lo Bianco (1936 – 2024) Actor

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Self-understanding of self-organization

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The Brainstem Fine-Tunes Inflammation Throughout the Body

Esther Landhuis in Quanta Magazine: Last month, researchers discovered cells in the brainstem that regulate inflammation throughout the body. In response to an injury, these nerve cells not only sense inflammatory molecules, but also dial their circulating levels up and down to k … | Continue reading

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Edward Stone (1936 – 2024) Physicist

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Sunday Poem

How to Be a Poet (to remind myself) i Make a place to sit down. Sit down. Be quiet. You must depend upon affection, reading, knowledge, skill—more of each than you have—inspiration, work, growing older, patience, for patience joins time to eternity. Any readers who like your poem … | Continue reading

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‘Hip-Hop Is History’ By Questlove

Dorian Lynskey at The Guardian: Hip-hop officially turned 50 last year. It is generally accepted that it was born on 11 August 1973, when 18-year-old DJ Kool Herc first cut up breakbeats at a party in the Bronx and his friend Coke La Rock rapped along, but this DJ-driven art form … | Continue reading

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Liberalism As a Way of Life

Damon Linker interviews Alexandre Lefebvre in Notes from the Middle Ground: DL: Thanks for being here, Alex. One reason I enjoyed your book so much is that it’s such a departure from the tired, bone-dry proceduralism of the Rawlsian liberalism I imbibed in graduate school during … | Continue reading

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How to Raise Your Artificial Intelligence: A Conversation with Alison Gopnik and Melanie Mitchell

Julien Crockett in the LA Review of Books: A GROWING FEAR and excitement for today’s AI systems stem from the assumption that as they improve, something—someone?—will emerge: feed large language models (LLMs) enough text and, rather than merely extracting statistical patterns in … | Continue reading

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Market Ideologies

Jamie Martin interviews Oscar Sanchez-Sibony in Phenomenal World: JAMIE MARTIN: Your new book is quite a bracing and revisionist history of the international political economy of the Cold War from the Soviet point of view. Both here and in your 2014 book, Red Globalization, you o … | Continue reading

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My New York Intellectuals

Tomiwa Owolade in The Ideas Letter: I am not from New York. I am not Jewish. I am not a member of a Marxist group. I did not live through the 1930s and 1940s. I am a 27-year-old British-Nigerian who grew up in London. Yet the New York Intellectuals are my people. They are my… | Continue reading

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Questlove Talks Drums, Dilla, and D’Angelo

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When Dads Cry: A Memoir in Man Tears

David Ostow in The New Yorker: More here. | Continue reading

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On the Crisis of Men

John Baskin in The Point: I grew up in the age of the crisis of men. Already a frequent subject of national headlines when I became a teenager in the early Nineties (extensively catalogued by Susan Faludi in her 1999 book Stiffed), by the early 2000s, when I was in college, the b … | Continue reading

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The Tangled Story of Murder, Media, and Privilege That Scandalized Jazz Age America

Marisa Meltzer at the NYT: The case was the stuff of tabloid dreams. It had everything: murder, blackmail, money, class, secrets, even the occult. And the public, in the time of Prohibition, anti-vice crusades and so-called purity campaigns to combat germs, couldn’t get enough of … | Continue reading

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Saturday Poem

Postcard from Home In sepia a tractor resting in sagebrush and snow, rusting, resigned to wind. A foreshortened farmhouse, windows bereft of glass. Last, a mountain range. Among a hundred others in a Billings second-hand store a day before my flight. A place, passing, someone pau … | Continue reading

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Music Just Changed Forever

James O’Malley at Persuasion: Imagine if after Oppenheimer successfully detonated the first atomic bomb, the rest of the world had just shrugged its shoulders and carried on as normal. Because that’s what seems to have just happened in the entire field of human culture known as “ … | Continue reading

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A common misunderstanding about wave-particle duality

Philip Ball in Chemistry World: ‘Particles caught morphing into waves’ was how a recent preprint from researchers in France was widely reported. The timing could not have been better, for this year is the centenary of Louis de Broglie’s remarkable and bold thesis – presented at t … | Continue reading

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The challenges to advanced nuclear reactors aren’t just technical and regulatory

Matthew L. Wald at The Breakthrough Institute: For good and valid reasons, most of the United States has moved away from having electricity generated, transmitted and delivered by monopolies. The reasons for the change did not primarily have to do with nuclear energy. But a nucle … | Continue reading

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Tom Hanks gives the Oxford Union an acting lesson

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There Is a Planet B

Rand Simberg at The New Atlantis: The Red Planet has long captured human imagination, going at least as far back as the ancient Greeks, who designated it the god of war. In the modern era, once it was understood that Mars was another planet in our system that could be seen throug … | Continue reading

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Journaling the Plague Years

Tom Wilhelmus at The Hudson Review: Seven of the following ten books have something to do with the Covid pandemic 2019–22, and the remaining three address some of the other traumas that consume our politics, and planet, during these troubled times. “Aren’t you worried?” a charact … | Continue reading

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Is the Intelligence-Explosion Near? A Reality Check.

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What If Motherhood Isn’t Transformative at All?

Anastasia Berg in The Cut: To have a child, it is often said, is to transform one’s identity. What this might have meant in the past is more or less obvious: With few exceptions, for the better part of history, to have a child meant it was time for a woman to say her final farewe … | Continue reading

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We Must Find Ways to Detect Cancer Much Earlier

The Oncology Think Tank in Scientific American: “Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.” —Steve Jobs Every year, cancer kills approximately 10 million people worldwide. Of those who die, two thirds do so because they … | Continue reading

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Friday Poem

The Second Coming Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack al … | Continue reading

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3QD Is Looking For New Columnists: LAST WEEK!

Dear Reader, Here’s your chance to say what you want to the large number of highly educated readers that make up 3QD’s international audience. Several of our regular columnists have had to cut back or even completely quit their columns for 3QD because of other personal and profes … | Continue reading

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Why introductory economics courses continued to teach zombie ideas from before economics became an empirical discipline

Walter Frick in Aeon: What happens to the job market when the government raises the minimum wage? For decades, higher education in the United States has taught economics students to answer this question by reasoning from first principles. When the price of something rises, people … | Continue reading

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Why Sharks Matter

Leon Vlieger at The Inquisitive Biologist: When it comes to protecting animal species, you would think that conservation biologists, environmental advocates, and animal-loving members of the public are all on the same page. However, in Why Sharks Matter, marine biologist David Sh … | Continue reading

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Inside Mexico’s anti-avocado militias

Alexander Sammon in The Guardian: Michoacán, where about four in five of all avocados consumed in the United States are grown, is the most important avocado-producing region in the world, accounting for nearly a third of the global supply. This cultivation requires a huge quantit … | Continue reading

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