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Niall Ferguson: The Regulated States of America

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In The Wall Street Journal, Niall Ferguson writes that Alexis de Tocqueville saw in the United States a nation of individuals who were defiant of authority. Today? Welcome to Planet Government.
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When Cultures Shift

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We have experienced a major shift in moral culture. But it happened in the 1940s, not the 1960s.
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Sven Birkerts Interviews Sven Birkerts – The Los Angeles Review...

Sven Birkerts Interviews Sven Birkerts – The Los Angeles Review... | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
SVEN BIRKERTS: Why did you decide to write about Bellow’s essays in the form of a self-interview? Isn’t that displacing the focus just a bit? SVEN BIRKERTS: Maybe so, yes. But the idea came to me as a kind of default after I had been beating my head against the standard, familiar thing —...
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The Rise of the Cryptopticon

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Unlike Bentham’s Panopticon, the Cryptopticon is not supposed to be intrusive or obvious. Its scale, its ubiquity, even its very existence, are supposed to go unnoticed.
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The Ageless and the Useless

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In The Religion of the Future, Roberto Unger, a professor of law at Harvard, identifies humanity's three "irreparable flaws": mortality, groundlessness, and insatiability. We are plagued by death. ...
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The Epidemic of Facelessness

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The anonymous communication social media creates both provokes and mitigates our inherent capacity for monstrosity.
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Solving an Unsolvable Math Problem - The New Yorker

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Yitang Zhang bided his time teaching calculus. Then he solved a hundred and fifty year-old math problem. Alec Wilkinson reports.
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Who Lost Persia?

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James Romm reviews “Darius in the Shadow of Alexander,” by Pierre Briant.
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Talk to Your Kids

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Providence Talks encourages low-income parents to speak more frequently with their kids. Margaret Talbot reports on an effort to close the “word gap.”
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Where Americans Turned the Tide in World War I

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In an area of northern France, where the land bears century-old wounds of battle, visitors can walk the grounds of history.
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Good News You May Have Missed in 2014

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There’s no doubt that 2014 was a tough year. But Bill Gates looks back at some of the bright spots—including saving more children’s lives, making a breakthrough on TB, and hitting a big milestone in the fight against AIDS.
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IV Drip: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Postlapsarian Comedy ‘Inherent Vice’

IV Drip: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Postlapsarian Comedy ‘Inherent Vice’ | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Movies can be about decline or symptomatic of it. Paul Thomas Anderson luxuriates in postlapsarian decline, the moment after Adam and Eve bit the fruit and we all exited Eden. "No, thank you" becom...
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The Writing Lives Series: Marilynne Robinson in Conversation with Robert Hardies: A Reading and Discussion

The Heyman Center for the Humanities, the Writing Program of the School of the Arts, Public Books, and the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life present…
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There Is Only Awe

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“There is no such thing as a complete consciousness,” he writes. “All about us lie the remnants of our recent bicameral past.” He attributes one of the most mysterious mental phenomena—the sense that ideas come to us unbidden, from some external location—to the fact that our brains were once inhabited by gods...It happens in moments of inspiration, late at night, when the writer is all alone.
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Kierkegaard on the Individual vs. the Crowd, Why We Conform, and the Power of the Minority

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"Truth always rests with the minority ... because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength o
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Isabella Stewart Gardner Heist: 25 Years of Theories

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In 1990, 13 artworks — including Rembrandts, a Vermeer and a Manet — were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. A quarter-century later, the hunt continues.
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Watch New August Wilson Panel Conversation w/ Phylicia Rashad, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Sam Pollard, Others

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Coming to PBS primetime this month, as part of its AMERICAN MASTERS series, is the documentary, "August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand," air
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The Hunting of Billie Holiday

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From his first day in office in 1930, Harry Anslinger had a problem, and everybody knew it. He had just been appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics—a tiny agency, buried in the gray bowels of the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C.—and it seemed to be on the brink of being abolished. This was the old Department of Prohibition,...
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Hard-Boiled: Even as the city changes, George Pelecanos and his characters find satisfaction at D.C. eateries. - Washington City Paper

Hard-Boiled: Even as the city changes, George Pelecanos and his characters find satisfaction at D.C. eateries. - Washington City Paper | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
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Elon Musk Uses This Ancient Critical-Thinking Strategy To Outsmart Everybody Else

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How to think like Elon.
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In France, Vestiges of the Great War’s Bloody End

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A tour of trenches, bunkers and memorials in the forests of Lorraine, where the last battles of World War I were waged.
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Black Body: Rereading James Baldwin’s “Stranger in the Village” - The New Yorker

Black Body: Rereading James Baldwin’s “Stranger in the Village” - The New Yorker | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
American racism has many moving parts, and has had enough centuries in which to evolve impressive camouflage.
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Where Does Moral Courage Come From?

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Kailash Satyarthi, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Malala Yousafzai this year, turned his life’s setbacks into a mission.
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