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A New Way to Learn Economics

John Cassidy in The New Yorker: In this country, many colleges encourage Econ 101 students to buy (or rent) expensive textbooks, which can cost up to three hundred dollars, or even morefor some hardcover editions.

The great nutrient collapse

Helena Bottemiller Evich in Politico: Irakli Loladze is a mathematician by training, but he was in a biology lab when he encountered the puzzle that would change his life.

Redoing the Electoral Math

John Judis in The New Republic: If you take the percentage of Americans that the U.S. census defines as “minorities” and project their past voting habits into the next decade and beyond, you’ll come up with a very sunny version of the Democrats’ prospects.

What Is the Meaning of Mother!?

David Sims at The Atlantic: Since it was announced, the prime selling point of Darren Aronofsky’s new film mother!

Do big, world-scale art exhibitions have any use today?

Barry Schwabsky at The Nation: My real problem with Documenta 14 isn’t its possible relation to neocolonialism, which may be significant but hard to assess.

whither the west

Pankaj Mishra at the London Review of Books: Is it finally closing time in the gardens of the West? The wails that have rent the air since the Brexit vote and Trump’s victory rise from the same parts of Anglo-America that hosted, post-1989, the noisiest celebrations of liberalism, democracy, free markets and globalisation.

Life Beyond Sight: The microbial earth, brought into view

Jonathan Shaw in Harvard Magazine: In rocks and soil, air, ponds and oceans, life is dominated by creatures that humans cannot see.

The Real Unknown of Climate Change: Our Behavior

Justin Gillis in The New York Times: As Hurricane Harvey bore down on the Texas coast, few people in that state seemed to understand the nature of the looming danger. The bulletins warned of rain falling in feet, not inches.

Tuesday Poem

The Cucumber The snow is knee-deep in the courtyard and still coming down hard: it hasn't let up all morning.

In the Lumber-Room of My Library

by Michael Liss What are you reading? A friend asked me that question recently, and I almost found myself stumped.  Reading isn't skimming.

Take my camel, dear.....

by Leanne Ogasawara There were not many things that drew me back to America, but the thought of joining a bookclub seemed like one potential perk of moving back.

Yes, I’m Defending the Millennials, Goddammit

by Akim Reinhardt Generational analysis, when done poorly, is half-a-notch above astrology: All the people born at this time are like this!


by Brooks Riley

A brief tribute to Matt Shoemaker

by Dave Maier If you google the name “Matt Shoemaker,” the first page of hits is all about the gentleman pictured here, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels.

Donald Trump is no Leroy Jethro Gibbs

by Bill Benzon Donald Trump, of course, is the forty-fifth President of the United States. He is a real person, but Leroy Jethro Gibbs is not.

harry dean stanton (1926 - 2017)

grant hart (1961 - 2017)

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