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Saying what you mean

by Carl Pierer After dinner and upon noticing a stain, Abelard ejects: "Oh no, I look like a pig."  Bertha: "Well, and you've spilled sauce down your tie!

Intersections in Middle America

by Mara Naselli When my children entered the gallery at the Grand Rapids Art Museum that contained Anila Quayyum Agha's installation work, Intersections, they took off at a run.


Leslie Thornton. Still from video series titled Binocular. 2010. Do watch the videos here, especially the ants one.

An anthropologist among sartorialists

by Mathangi Krishnamurthy Scott Schuman is in India. On the 6th of November, he announced that he would be posting to his immensely popular fashion blog "The Sartorialist" from the cities of Mumbai, New Delhi, and Varanasi.

Music to watch girls go by

by Sarah Firisen “The boys watch the girls while the girls watch the boys who watch the girls go by…” so sang Andy Williams in 1967.


by Brooks Riley

The aural time traveler

by Charlie Huenemann Some years back my musicologist friend introduced me to the charming world of gramophones.

The continuing relevance of Immanuel Kant

by Emrys Westacott Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) is widely touted as one of the greatest thinkers in the history of Western civilization.

Big ideas are destroying international development

Michael Hobbes in The New Republic: It seemed like such a good idea at the time: A merry-go-round hooked up to a water pump.

the pogues: dirty old town

Galway Kinnell (1927 - 2014)

Figs by D H Lawrence

Disgust is often used as a tool of persuasion. But are gut feelings ever a reliable guide in questions of right and wrong?

Carol Hay in Aeon: Every spring a pro-life group – one whose campaigning methods are so shockingly offensive that I won’t publish their name here – sets up shop on my university’s campus quad.

Main To Khelungi Un Sang Hori

Note: For Nazli.

Aga Khan Museum

Nadia Al-Issa in Art Asia Pacific: Housed within the 6.8-hectare Aga Khan Park—designed by Serbian-Lebanese landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic—are two new additions to Toronto’s cultural scene.

Sunday Poem

Closet Case . why is it that you always say the most significant things when you’re walking away or looking into your closet searching for something to wear you must know I think that I cannot make out what you’re saying and then you hold it against me like an old belt that’s too tight to wear anymore why is it that you always tell me later that you told me things earlier and make me feel as if I was there hanging next to your old wool sweater that you used to love but no longer wear?

efusing Marcuse: 50 Years After One-Dimensional Man

Stephen Whitfield in Dissent (photo from Wikimedia Commons): However closely or accurately New Leftists and others might have read One-Dimensional Man, as well as Marcuse’s subsequent works, he was once taken very seriously.

Wishing Away the World Without the West

Naazneen Barma, Ely Ratner and Steve Weber in The Monkey Cage over at the Washington Post (photo Takaki Yajima/AFP): In our original World Without the West essay (2007), we argued that emerging powers are preferentially engaging with each other — “routing around” the Western liberal order rather than joining it or trying actively to undermine it. This argument attracted two main criticisms.

The Banality of Islamic State: How ISIS Corporatized Terror

Cam Simpson in Bloomberg ​Businessweek (Photograph by Reuters): The group’s leaders portray themselves as akin to seventh century warriors thundering forth on horseback to expand their religious empire by sword.

the life of larkin

Clive James at The New York Times: James Booth’s new biography of Philip Larkin is not very exciting, perhaps because Booth has the sense to leave the exciting writing to Larkin.