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Niall Ferguson: The Regulated States of America

Niall Ferguson: The Regulated States of America | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
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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Nothing To Be Done – Joe Edelman – Medium

Nothing To Be Done – Joe Edelman – Medium | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
There is a peculiar attitude, here at the beginning of the 21st century: we agree things aren’t fine, but there’s also a widespread feeling that there’s nothing to be done. This is unusual.
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Karl Ove Knausgaard on fiction, football and a family laid bare

Karl Ove Knausgaard on fiction, football and a family laid bare | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Over turbot and cigarette breaks, the Norwegian literary sensation talks about his autobiographical epic ‘My Struggle’
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Albert Murray saluted as writer, mentor, and friend at New York City’s 92nd Street Y | Library of America

Albert Murray saluted as writer, mentor, and friend at New York City’s 92nd Street Y | Library of America | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
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Between the World and Wakanda: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze’s “Black Panther” - Los Angeles Review of Books

Between the World and Wakanda: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze’s “Black Panther” - Los Angeles Review of Books | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Ta-Nehisi Coates sacrifices the imaginative joys of the genre in order to avoid erasure of historical and political reality.
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Why Walt Whitman Called America the 'Greatest Poem'

Why Walt Whitman Called America the 'Greatest Poem' | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The 19th-century writer believed that the power of poetry and democracy came from an ability to make a unified whole out of disparate parts.
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LRB · Alan Bennett · Diary

LRB · Alan Bennett · Diary | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
11 January. It’s not to disparage David Bowie, but if even a fraction of the tributes being paid to him and his influence were true we would never have had a Conservative government or indeed any government at all. Hearing the news on the Today programme this morning R. nearly cries. I . . .
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Heat, Hunger and War Force Africans Onto a ‘Road on Fire’

Heat, Hunger and War Force Africans Onto a ‘Road on Fire’ | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The men and boys on the migrant trail out of countries like Niger and Mali say fickle rains and hotter days leave them no option but to risk their lives to gain a livelihood.
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Greil Marcus on Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize - Los Angeles Review of Books

Greil Marcus on Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize - Los Angeles Review of Books | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Greil Marcus: Nobel Prize doesn't matter, feels good. Is it Literature? Who cares?
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This is What Happens When People in Myanmar Suddenly Get Internet Access

Less than 1% of Myanmar had internet access until 2014. Now the country is getting online at an astonishing rate — but so is fake new
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Authenticity in the Age of the Fake - Issue 42: Fakes - Nautilus

Authenticity in the Age of the Fake - Issue 42: Fakes - Nautilus | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The announcement of synthetic diamonds in 1955 was met with the same kind of alarm and skepticism that greeted claims to have made…
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History’s luckiest generation: we’re getting away with it — for now

History’s luckiest generation: we’re getting away with it — for now | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Given the relative suddenness of our freedoms, I wonder why people are not more frazzled by modern life
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Where Is Appalachia? – In a State of Migration – Medium

Where Is Appalachia? – In a State of Migration – Medium | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Americans love to argue about regional definitions. The Upshot recently ran a piece exploring how we define “the Heartland” (spoiler: most people view the Heartland as either the Midwest or non…
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Breakthrough DNA Editor Born of Bacteria | Quanta Magazine

Breakthrough DNA Editor Born of Bacteria |  Quanta Magazine | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Interest in a powerful DNA editing tool called CRISPR has revealed that bacteria are far more sophisticated than anyone imagined.
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Enter the Sapiezoic: a new aeon of self-aware global change – David Grinspoon | Aeon Essays

Humans have been altering Earth for millennia, but only now are we wise to what we’re doing. How will we use that wisdom?
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What Chinese corner-cutting reveals about modernity – James Palmer | Aeon Essays

Your balcony fell off? Chabuduo. Vaccines are overheated? Chabuduo. How China became the land of disastrous corner-cutting
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How Jimmy Stewart Became George Bailey

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In making “It’s a Wonderful Life,” star Jimmy Stewart had to struggle with what today would be called post-traumatic stress disorder.
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It’s Protein World, We Just Live In It

It’s Protein World, We Just Live In It | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
I didn't have a lot to say about the election this year. To be perfectly level with you, this was largely because my friend Zooko precommitted to unfollowing anyone who was tweeting about it, and looking back from late November, I think he kind of had a point. I'd remarked on Twitter, well before the primaries, that the…
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Three minutes with Hans Rosling will change your mind about the world

Three minutes with Hans Rosling will change your mind about the world | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
He has influenced leaders from Melinda Gates to Fidel Castro. Now, he is on a mission to save people from their preconceived ideas.
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Angels of the Resistance (and a Serial Killer) in Nazi-Occupied Paris

Angels of the Resistance (and a Serial Killer) in Nazi-Occupied Paris | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Brave women helped downed Allied flyers escape the Germans. But more than that, they showed Hitler’s white nationalists they would not surrender, would not submit.
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My Life with the Physics Dream Team - Issue 43: Heroes - Nautilus

My Life with the Physics Dream Team - Issue 43: Heroes - Nautilus | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
One gets the sense that Freeman Dyson has seen everything. It’s not just that at 92 he’s had a front row seat on scientific breakthroughs…
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Books of the Year 2016

Books of the Year 2016 | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
This year’s contributors:
A–D
Terri Apter, John Ashbery, Mary Beard, Lucy Beckett, Jonathan Benthall, Paul Binding, William Boyd, Beverley Bie Brahic, David Bromwich, Stephen Brown, Clare Carlisle, Jonathan Clark, Paul Collier, Richard Davenport-Hines, Michael Dirda, Margaret Drabble, Katherine Duncan-Jones
E–H
Richard J. Evans, Felipe Fernández-Armesto, Mark Ford, Roy Foster, Edmund Gordon, Peter Green, Paul Griffiths, Rachel Hadas, James Hall, Sudhir Hazareesingh, Michael Hofmann
I–L
Robert Irwin, Gabriel Josipovici, Jonathan Keates, Stuart Kelly, John Kerrigan, Michael LaPointe, Claire Lowdon, Elizabeth Lowry
M–P
Hilary Mantel, Keith Miller, Andrew Motion, Paul Muldoon, Jeremy Noel-Tod, Joyce Carol Oates, Peter Parker, Marjorie Perloff, Rachel Polonsky
Q–T
Craig Raine, Frederic Raphael, Ritchie Robertson, Leo Robson, Hirsh Sawhney, Andrew Scull, Ruth Scurr, Clive Sinclair, Wesley Stace, A. E. Stallings, George Steiner, Carol Tavris, Alan Taylor, D. J. Taylor, Adam Thirlwell, Peter Thonemann, Adam Thorpe
U–Z
Brian Vickers, Marina Warner, Edmund White, A. N. Wilson, Frances Wilson,…
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