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Thomas Pynchon Returns to New York, Where He's Always Been

Thomas Pynchon Returns to New York, Where He's Always Been | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Though he's lived in New York since the early 1990s, after decades of living an oddly fugitive existence in and out of America, Thomas Pynchon now seems, at last, to have arrived.
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A Literary Road Trip Into the Heart of Russia - The New York Times

A Literary Road Trip Into the Heart of Russia - The New York Times | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
In the land of Tolstoy, Turgenev and now Putin, what are the stories Russians are telling themselves?
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I Cracked Facebook’s New Algorithm And Tortured My Friends

I Cracked Facebook’s New Algorithm And Tortured My Friends | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Or, how to lose friends and influence people.
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How YouTube Drives People to the Internet’s Darkest Corners

How YouTube Drives People to the Internet’s Darkest Corners | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Google’s video site often recommends divisive, misleading or false material despite changes it has made to highlight more-neutral content, a Wall Street Journal investigation found. The culprit is an algorithm that picks clips that get people to stay.
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Our Best Hope for Civil Discourse on the Internet Is on ... Reddit

Our Best Hope for Civil Discourse on the Internet Is on ... Reddit | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
What’s astounding about Kal Turnbull's brainchild is that no single radioactive topic—not Trump, Brexit, sex, guns—has overrun the subreddit.
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‘The Shed at Dulwich’ was London’s top-rated restaurant. Just one problem: It didn’t exist.

‘The Shed at Dulwich’ was London’s top-rated restaurant. Just one problem: It didn’t exist. | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
With little more than a website and some nerve, a prankster did the unthinkable: turned his home into the top-rated restaurant listing in London.
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Review: The Tangled Web We Weave

Review: The Tangled Web We Weave | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Collective self-deception helps mask the selfish behavior we see running rampant in art, charity, education, medicine, religion and politics. Matthew Hutson reviews ‘The Elephant in the Brain’ by Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson.
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The Megamall–Hotel–Condo–Concert Hall That Ate New York City

The Megamall–Hotel–Condo–Concert Hall That Ate New York City | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Time Warner Center and the West Side it made.
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Everything you know about the Gospel of Paul is likely wrong – David Bentley Hart | Aeon Ideas

Everything you know about the Gospel of Paul is likely wrong – David Bentley Hart | Aeon Ideas | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
This past year, I burdened the English-speaking world with my very own translation of the New Testament – a project that I undertook at the behest of my editor at Yale University Press, but that I agreed to almost in the instant that it wa
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Fred Bass, Maestro of the Strand

Fred Bass, Maestro of the Strand | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The news this week of the death, at age eighty-nine, of Fred Bass, the legendary bookseller who made the Strand into the cultural landmark it is, put me in mind of an afternoon I spent with him more than a decade ago. I had gone to the Strand to learn something about the store’s highly-trafficked used-book buying counter, and the people who worked there. Like any number of young literary-minded New Yorkers with more ambition than money (or storage space), I had long made the trek to 12th Street and Broadway, my satchel laden with review copies. There was something ignoble in this, but it was an authentic part of a hoary, if not frequently discussed, literary tradition.
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The 99 best things that happened in 2017

The 99 best things that happened in 2017 | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
If you’re feeling despair about the fate of humanity in the 21st century, you might want to reconsider. In 2017, it felt like the global media picked up all of the problems, and none of the solutions. To fix that, here are 99 of the best stories from this year that you probably missed. A
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The offloading ape: the human is the beast that automates | Aeon Essays

The offloading ape: the human is the beast that automates | Aeon Essays | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
It’s not tools, culture or communication that make humans unique but our knack for offloading dirty work onto machines
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Review: Saints, Emperors and ‘The Triumph of Christianity’

Review: Saints, Emperors and ‘The Triumph of Christianity’ | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Did Christianity grow quickly, shared by zealous proselytizers? Or did it spread gradually, quietly being adopted by respectable Roman families? Douglas Boin reviews ‘The Triumph of Christianity’ by Bart D. Ehrman.
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Instagram Perfection Gives Way to Realness

Instagram Perfection Gives Way to Realness | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The internet was born in text. Now, video and audio are ascendant, writing is being left behind, and everything will be different.
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Caravaggio killed a man. Should we therefore censor his art? | Svetlana Mintcheva

Caravaggio killed a man. Should we therefore censor his art? | Svetlana Mintcheva | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
To remove art because it is tainted by the sins of its maker sets an impossible standard for art institutions. Yet that is what is happening
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The Best Books on Emotional Intelligence | Daniel Goleman on Five Books

The Best Books on Emotional Intelligence | Daniel Goleman on Five Books | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Daniel Goleman's bestselling book popularised the concept of 'emotional intelligence.' Here he chooses five books that explore its practical applications.
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Review: Going Beyond the Limits of the Earth With ‘The Wizard and the Prophet’

Review: Going Beyond the Limits of the Earth With ‘The Wizard and the Prophet’ | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Even when doomsayers are wrong, they help spur innovations needed to stretch finite resources.
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You should really join your town’s local Facebook group

You should really join your town’s local Facebook group | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Where else can you track down a lost bag of pork chops?
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The real reason why Spaniards eat late

The real reason why Spaniards eat late | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Many travellers believe Spain’s late mealtimes are a reflection of the country’s laidback attitude, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
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Peter Carey on facing Australia’s original sin

Peter Carey on facing Australia’s original sin | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
After decades of avoiding the Aboriginal experience in his fiction, the double Booker winner explains why that had to change
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The Casties: Quartz’s awards for the best podcasts of 2017

It’s 10:30 pm on a Tuesday night and I’m doing laps around my block, smoking a cigarette, listening hard. The feral cats are comfortable approaching me by now. I'm pretty sure my neighbors think I’m crazy. I've stopped reading books or watching TV, and I've spent the hours between 6 pm and 12am pacin
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Seven superb Silicon Valley podcasts NOT about tech

Our curated list of seven excellent Peninsula podcasts
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When Science Fiction Meets Social Science

When Science Fiction Meets Social Science | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Sci-fi author Ada Palmer explains why she goes less into the details of antimatter engines and more into sociological questions of of state formation, legal history, identity groups and such
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