Articles from around the 'net. Anything that interests me, no rhyme or reason.
The absolute dominance of English makes me want to brush up on my French. I take language seriously, and it would be nice to be with others who take it just as seriously. It helps me wrestle with fundamental questions of being "authentic" vs. presenting a disciplined image.
Should I read a book about The Divine Comedy, or just read TDC itself?
For profit medicine is the worst.
Oh man, I love me some mid-20th century female public intellectuals with vaguely French connections. de Beauvoir, Arendt, and even Sontag, despite her poor finish. Weil is the queen, since she explores many of the themes close to my heart. The writer says that Weil had an, "overarching emphasis on an existential imperative for changes in consciousness." This is the key to spirituality.
I've long been interested in why certain drugs are considered therapeutic and others are made illegal. Both approaches have troubling implications, and this book looks like a fun way to explore a bit.
I read Isaacson's book and enjoyed it, but this critic is correct - it was too "9 lessons from..." and the photo of the Mona Lisa gives me PTSD from the horrible experience of looking at the painting in the Louvre. Maybe I need to read Forcellino's book.
STUDY: Trigger Warnings Are Harmful To College Students says the Daily Wire, describing a study whose participants’ average age was 37 and which did not measure harm. You can find the study i…
This author's contention that unruliness is linked to love is absurd, but I do think that sometimes my own desire to get along with people and fit in means that I am not always as honest as I should be. Then I think that there are people who would say, "If that's what Graeme is willing to say, what is he thinking that he won't say?"
He had intimate knowledge of every shelf at the Strand, was a partner in another bookstore and, when not reading, collected celebrities’ self portraits.
A study of earnings data suggests that extroverts are paid more, and "agreeable" men get less.
A team of researchers from the University of British Columbia and Warsaw University of Life Sciences has found that dairy cows are willing to expend energy to gain access to a grooming brush. In their
It's a pleasure that infuses life with richness and it's available for the price of a library card.
This seem like the kind of experiment that would suffer from the replication problem that is getting so much attention in psychology right now, but this is super interesting and completely consistent with my own experience.
I think there are some objections to be raised to how fantastic free markets are for a society, but the basic point here is valid.
Why society might be more stable if we had more poverty and less inequality.
Literature and art have long depicted God as a stern and elderly white man, but do people actually see Him this way? We use reverse correlation to understand how a representative sample of American Ch
Once admired in Japanese society, the previously respected ossan -- middle-aged men -- are struggling to restore their positive standing. One entrepreneur believes renting them is the road to reputati
“How do I double click?” “What is a cell in a spreadsheet?”Mashiko Ishii often hears that her fellow
As millions head abroad, our correspondents pick out the words that for them speak volumes about the countries they love and live in
Don’t dismiss them as hucksters promoting self-help books and dubious mushroom coffee.
The world is out there, and it's our job to go out and discover it.
It’s easy to be cynical about the state of the Episcopal Church, but everyone hungers for some salvation.
People are obsessed with morning routines. What was Ben Franklin thinking about when he started his day at 5am? How does Stephen King get into the rhythm for writing? What question did Steve Jobs
The long read: No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting?
Did the Duke of Buckingham conspire to kill King James I?
An interesting read - these ideas could be taken in dangerous directions, but the essence is, I think, accurate.
I'm not sure I 100% agree with this - but I certainly don't disagree with it.
It turns out that our sense of ourselves comes from our sense of others. No wonder loneliness is such a terrible plague.
Orwell’s predicted it: citizens willingly buy for entertainment the very screens that can be used against us
Something I never thought about, and would never have thought about. The downside of banning straws.
An interesting article about human sacrifice in South American before the arrival of the Spanish.
Much of what has been done under the banner of reparative therapy has been a horror for LGBTQ people. However, getting the government involved may create more problems.
Phil Chirstman makes some interesting, and not often heard, points about what it is like to be a man in today's culture. It may not be as easy as everyone seems to think.