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The Most Deadly Summer

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Maxwell Carter reviews “Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition” by Nisid Hajari.
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Agents of Empire by Noel Malcolm review – a dazzling history of the 16th-century Mediterranean

Agents of Empire by Noel Malcolm review – a dazzling history of the 16th-century Mediterranean | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
During this fascinating era in the region, Christian states faced a Muslim superpower
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The Big Business of U.S. Scrap Takes a Hit

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Demand is down for scrap metal, used cardboard and other waste—major U.S. exports. The dollar’s strength has made American waste pricier abroad, cutting demand in China, Turkey and other markets, and pressured the waste dealers and scrap gatherers who are the backbone of the industry.
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A Good Stamp Is Hard to Find

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A new Flannery O’Connor stamp doesn’t really convey the writer’s strange and majestic vision. And what happened to her signature glasses?
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Rekindling Human Contact in the Digital Age

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In a time of anomie, new social communities offer live interactions with candor, warmth and feelings.
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The Future of Reading: There’s No Mystery About It

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Walter Mosley, best-selling author of the Easy Rawlins series, has good news for those who love to read
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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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The Diaspora Goldmine

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The relationship between diasporas and their homelands often encompasses a broad palette of sentiments, including distrust, resentment, envy, and enmity. But, since the rise of the first cities, migrants have been an invaluable asset not only to their new country, but also to their country of origin.
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Did the American Civil War Ever End?

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The conflict revolutionized society, and has resonated through history ever since.
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Millennials and the meaning of work – James Somers – Aeon

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Millennials are as hard-working as anyone else – so why does pop culture pretend that all we do is party and hook up?
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How the Civil War Changed the World

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In 1861, the authoritarians cheered America’s disunion. Four years later, they were no longer smiling.
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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

Watch New August Wilson Panel Conversation w/ Phylicia Rashad, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Sam Pollard, Others | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
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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