Dear Reader, As you may already be aware, I have recently published a cookbook of South Asian food for beginners.
[Thanks to Sughra Raza.]
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein in the New York Times: The philosopher Sidney Morgenbesser, beloved by generations of Columbia University students (including me), was known for lines of wit that yielded nuggets of insight.
Ed Yong in The Atlantic: You're sitting at a table with a friend and a stranger offers you some candy.
FINLAND | Timelapse from Riku Karjalainen on Vimeo.
Editorial in The Feminist Wire: Last week, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump expressed support for a database of Muslims in the United States, a registry so that “we” can keep track of “them.” Trump, of course, is no friend to civil liberties.
Sadie Stein in The Paris Review: This vintage video from the U.S. Department of Agriculture actually gives a very good primer on carving—frankly, it’s the best guide I’ve found, and the thigh-meat trick is indeed neat, even if the announcer’s chummy tone can grate.
Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking.
Maria Popova reviews Lisa Randall's Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe in The NYT Book Review: A good theory is an act of the informed imagination — it reaches toward the unknown while grounded in the firmest foundations of the known.
Paul Churchland reviews Richard Rorty's Mind, Language, and Metaphilosophy: Early Philosophical Papers in Notre Dame Philosophical Review: This glowing collection includes Rorty's earliest publications -- from 1961 through 1972 -- and his earliest attempts to deal with the broad landscape of problems that engulfed our discipline in the second half of the 20th Century: most centrally (for Rorty), analytical reductionism, the mind/body problem, the distinguishing or defining feature of the mental, and the proper methodology for philosophy itself.
Over at Todd W. Schneider's website: NYC Taxi Data The official TLC trip record dataset contains data for over 1.1 billion taxi trips from January 2009 through June 2015, covering both yellow and green taxis.
Ed Yong in The Atlantic: Take a slice of cake and cut it in two. Eat one half, and let a friend scoff the other.
John McWhorter in Aeon: English speakers know that their language is odd. So do people saddled with learning it non-natively.
Greg Rienzi in HUB: Math as both profession and course of study can be a hard sell, something even Don Draper might have trouble pitching.
From KurzweiAI: UC San Francisco researchers have discovered that even brainless single-celled yeast have “sensory biases” that can be hacked by a carefully engineered illusion — a finding that could be used to develop new approaches to fighting diseases such as cancer.
Jacqueline Feldman in Harvard Magazine: As Of Men and War opens, a trumpet moans and won’t resolve into taps, and a van traps men who let it bounce them.
……… Alone together a moment on the twenty-second anniversary ……… of their wedding he clasped her as she stood ……… at the sink, pressing into her backside, rubbing his cheek ……… against the stubble of her skull.
On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the publication of General Relativity by Albert Einstein, Sean Carroll asks, "Einstein's legacy: if spacetime is dynamical rather than absolute, what else about the universe might be flexible?
Buster Keaton - The Art of the Gag from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.