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A Sweeping Narrative About the Liberation of Humanity

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A Spectacular Tale of Leadership, Logistics and WillThe Hotel Meurice in Paris sits opposite the Louvre and is a quick, high-heel clop away from Jimmy Choo, Cartier, Chanel, Charvet and other
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How The West Was Won

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I. Someone recently linked me to Bryan Caplan’s post A Hardy Weed: How Traditionalists Underestimate Western Civ. He argues that “western civilization”‘s supposed defenders …
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Cosmpolitanism, It's a Beautiful Thing

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In which I unpack the emerging nationalist-tribalist vs. cosmopolitanism divide, and pre-emptively declare a winner.
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‘The Comanche Empire’: A book that changed how I understand our history

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‘The Comanche Empire’: A book that changed how I understand our history « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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Remembering Bruno, the Problem Bear That Overshadowed the 2006 World Cup | VICE Sports

The first bear on German soil in almost two centuries wandered across the border during the 2006 World Cup. German citizens were divided on what to do with the problembär.
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Garrison Keillor’s Dark Americana

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A Prairie Home Companion sounded like easy nostalgia, but at heart was elegiac and mournful.
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Why big data is actually small, personal and very human – Rebecca Lemov | Aeon Essays

The sum of our clickstreams is not an objective measure of who we are, but a personal portrait of our hopes and desires
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Canvas Collection: Gerhard Richter’s Brush With Greatness

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Canvas Collection: Gerhard Richter’s Brush with Greatness
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In the Depths of the Digital Age

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Virginia Woolf’s serious joke that “on or about December 1910 human character changed” was a hundred years premature. Human character changed on or about December 2010, when everyone, it seemed, started carrying a smartphone. For the first time, practically anyone could be found and intruded upon, not only at some fixed address at home or at work, but everywhere and at all times. Before this, everyone could expect, in the ordinary course of the day, some time at least in which to be left alone, unobserved, unsustained and unburdened by public or familial roles. That era now came to an end.
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Unserious Austen

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Trying to examine Whit Stillman's Love & Friendship, our definitions like adaptation or rewrite become faintly anachronistic, or clumsy. Stillman’s cinematic innovation has been to bathe cinema in a literary tone, a charmed artificiality. Now he has made an adaptation of Lady Susan—an early Jane Austen novella, unpublished until after her death.
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There’s no emotion we ought to think harder about than anger – Martha C Nussbaum | Aeon Essays

Anger is the emotion that has come to saturate our politics and culture. Philosophy can help us out of this dark vortex
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Walt Whitman Sells Himself

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Walt Whitman in 1872 It’s been almost two decades after he first sounded his “barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world,” and Walt Whitman still can’t seem to sell his new edition of Leaves of Grass. Even looking past the very personal blow an author feels when a book flops, the unsold copies of…
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Is 2016 the Worst Year in History? Worse Than 1919? 1836? 1348?

Is 2016 the Worst Year in History? Worse Than 1919? 1836? 1348? | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
When news of the truck killings in Nice, France, broke last week, I started seeing variations of the same sentiment on Twitter and Facebook: Is this t
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Pokémon Go See the World in Its Splendor

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My mantra in the classroom was “Phones away!” But then I downloaded the smartphone counterpart of the game of my youth.
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The Mysterious Metamorphosis of Chuck Close

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The legendary artist has radically upended his distinctive style of portraiture — and his entire life. Why?
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E.B. White’s Beautiful Letter to a Man Who Had Lost Faith in Humanity

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What sailors teach us about hope and the resilience of the human spirit.
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Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful — Medium

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Around 2003 I came across Charlie Munger’s 1995 speech, The Psychology of Human Misjudgment, which introduced me to how behavioral…
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Edward Snowden’s Strangely Free Life – As a Robot

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He is an exile like no other, able to slip the bonds of his banishment on wheels.
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Gay Talese, Calvin Trillin, and Twitter’s Inescapable Toxic Streak

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James Wolcott takes up two recent Twitter-storms—which engulfed a pair of octogenarian non-tweeting writers—and examines the true nature of the hashtag mob.
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