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Cathleen Schine on Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photographs of dioramas, and what happens in the dark
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Michael Greenberg on Peter Brook’s The Valley of Astonishment at @TheatreforaNewA
Astute analysis of current Mideast situation in guise of book review: The Pillars of Arab Despotism by @robertfworth…
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Essential election reading: Darryl Pinckney’s new book, ‘Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy’
Among the plant hunters: who knew botanical artists were so fascinating? From the NYRB.…
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The “inkblot” strategy for reducing violence in Syria: local truces that can combine into larger areas of stability
Well, here we are: I ranked all of the Martin Scorsese movies. ALL OF THEM. via @flavorwire
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Toward a more realistic policy goal in #Syria: Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson’s cease-fire-based plan
Darwin never considered himself a genius. “I have no great quickness of apprehension or wit,” he said
Greek poets, storytellers, and mythographers attached tales of unhappy love to the glorious flowers around them.
In 2010, more than half of federal prison inmates were drug offenders. Christopher Jencks on our failed crime policy:
A good catfish story by the late Alastair Reid
How old is too old in opera? Soprano Magda Olivero gave her last public performance when she was 99
"Young people may have made the revolutions of 2011, but they also played a large part in the violence and mayhem that followed." #pt
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The soprano Magda Olivero had a incredible 76-year career. Martin Filler remembers hearing her in Tosca at the Met
“These deeply melancholy movies are beautiful objects of contemplation.” J. Hoberman on the films of Hou Hsiao-hsien:
What’s behind the harsh jail sentence for #IlhamTohti? Beijing wants to eliminate moderate Uighurs, says Wang Lixiong
Botanical drawings from the 16th to the 20th centuries
Seneca: an exemplar of Stoic virtue amid the corruption of imperial Rome, or a dissembler and hypocrite? Maybe both.
Christopher Jencks on punitive policing, rising incarceration, and employer prejudice against black job applicants
How Stoical Was Seneca? There is something elusive, even a whiff of “spin,” about him, writes @wmarybeard
“Governments don’t just make mistakes; they sometimes set out deliberately to mislead us.” The problem with nudging:
#IlhamTohti, a moderate opposed to Xinjiang independence, has been sentenced to life in prison
“It seems that their purpose is to destroy the ability of civil society to exist.” @tengbiao on #IlhamTohti’s arrest
Scotland may have voted No, but the genie is now out of the bottle. Jonathan @Freedland on the complications ahead:
Very moving to see Chinese intellectuals, dissidents speaking out for Ilham Tohti in interviews w/ @iandenisjohnson:…
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Bill McKibben writes about #PeoplesClimate March: "Movements work by making the status quo impossibly uncomfortable”
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“As exhilarating a theatrical experience as I have ever had”—Caroline Moorehead on Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies
Uighur activist Ilham Tohti, accused by Beijing of “separatism,” will be sentenced this week. It’s a strange case.
Opera at the Gowanus Ballroom, featuring @JoyceDiDonato and @LoftOpera
"Wonder Boys?" Understanding genius: (by Tamsin Shaw, @nybooks)
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In “nudge-world,” every decision is manipulated to achieve a desirable outcome. Is this how we want to live?
Ahmed Rashid brings Leonard Cohen’s music with him everywhere, even during a stint with the Taliban
“Do we really need another biography of Coco Chanel? Actually, yes, we do,” writes Anka Muhlstein
Milan Kundera: “The truth can only be reached by a dialogue of free opinions enjoying equal rights.” #BannedBooksWeek
The greatest Chinese-language filmmaker, Hou Hsiao-hsien, is getting huge retrospective in the West. @nybooks.
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Come visit us this Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Brooklyn Book Festival from 10–6 at booths 428–429 @BKBF
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Climate: Will We Lose the Endgame? by Bill McKibben (June 2014)
Super-smart, super-depressing piece by @NathanThrall on the peace process' eternal return…
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Another excellent dispatch from Donetsk by @timjudah1 "The war is both between states and also a civil war."… @nybooks
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J. Hoberman on Hou Hsiao-hsien
This weekend: @BKBF! On Sunday, Darryl Pinckney, @AriBerman, and F. Michael Higginbotham discuss black voting rights
In Sloviansk city hall, a suggestion box is filled with notes of people denouncing their neighbors. #Ukraine
In our philosophy issue: Jeremy Waldron, Tamsin Shaw, John Searle, Alan Ryan, Thomas Nagel, Peter Gordon, Mary Beard
Blackbeard "was accustomed to twist his beard with ribbons, in small tails...and turn them about his ears."
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One for French Revolution specialists, and connoisseurs of misplaced indignation:…
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Robert Darnton on viewing censorship holistically, as a system which reaches into “the hidden workings of the soul”