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What’s The Matter With Poetry?

Ken Chen in The New Republic: Once, in my youth, I took a graduate philosophy seminar I thought would be about law and justice: Instead we discussed the semantic implications of punctuation marks.

New studies explore why ordinary people turn terrorist

Bruce Bower in Science News: Fierce combat erupted in February 2016 at the northern Iraqi village of Kudilah.

The Playboy Interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Bomani Jones in Playboy: When did you realize you had become somebody? When I came to The Atlantic I’d been writing for 12 years.

stephen king: working-class hero

Naben Ruthnum at The Walrus: King’s childhood in Connecticut and Maine was something of a blend of the lives he created for Lachance and Chambers in The Body.

what will happen now?

Glen Newey at The London Review of Books: What will happen now? Precise predictions at this stage would be rash.

deep thoughts on brexit

at The Onion: FOR First step in returning Britain to its pre-1970s glory as an economically languishing failed colonial empire In the face of a resurgent Russia and increased threats from ISIS, leaving E.U.

Mark Blyth on the Brexit vote

Being Super Busy May* Be Good for Your Brain

Brian Handwerk in Smithsonian: Slammed. Swamped. Flat out. Buried. No matter how it's said, the refrain is all too familiar—people are just too busy.

Scientists reveal single-neuron gene landscape of the human brain

From PhysOrg: A team of scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) and Illumina, Inc., has completed the first large-scale assessment of single neuronal "transcriptomes." Their research reveals a surprising diversity in the molecules that human brain cells use in transcribing genetic information from DNA to RNA and producing proteins.


The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus’s Wife

Ariel Sabar in The Atlantic: On a humid afternoon this past November, I pulled off Interstate 75 into a stretch of Florida pine forest tangled with runaway vines.

Breakthrough in understanding the chills and thrills of musical rapture

Ian Sample in The Guardian: The skin comes out in goosebumps and tingles run up the spine. But how particular pieces of music can induce such rapturous effects in people has stumped researchers for centuries.

George Soros: The Brexit crash will make all of you poorer

From The Guardian: David Cameron, along with the Treasury, the Bank of England, the International Monetary Fund and others have been attacked by the leave campaign for exaggerating the economic risks of Brexit.

How to Plug In Your Brain

David Noonan in Smithsonian: Two hundred and thirty-five years after the Italian scientist Luigi Galvani reported that dismembered frog legs twitch in response to a static charge applied to a nerve, we are still exploring the mysteries of what he called “animal electricity,” especially in the brain.

Thursday Poem

Hearing Parker for the First Time The blue notes spiraling up from the transistor radio tuned to WNOE, New Orleans, lifted me out of bed in Seward County, Kansas, where the plains wind riffed telephone wires in tones less strange than the bird songs of Charlie Parker.

‘Holy grail’ of breast-cancer prevention in high-risk women may be in sight

From KurzweilAI: Australian researchers have discovered that an existing medication could have promise in preventing breast cancer in women carrying a faulty BRCA1 gene, who are at high risk of developing aggressive breast cancer.

“You Had No Address”

Sumayya Kassamali in Caravan: “AND WERE YOU POLITICALLY INVOLVED in Beirut?” an interviewer once asked Faiz Ahmed Faiz, arguably the greatest Urdu poet of the last century.

Brexit supporters say they're worried about immigration. The real problems are deeper.

Daniel Davies in Vox: One big factor is that the character of a neighborhood is changed by the kind of people who move out just as much as by the kind of people who move in.

Review of Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson's American Amnesia

Henry Farrell in Crooked Timber: Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson’s new book, American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper does four things.