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textolatry

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rape culture

This recent Rolling Stone article about rape at the University of Virginia is pretty upsetting. It’s just the latest in a string of horror stories over the past year about rape culture, lack of empathy and denial, both generally and … Continue reading

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snowden

A letter to Washington. The Honorable Eric Holder Department of Justice Robert F. Kennedy Building Tenth Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20530     Dear Attorney General Holder: I recently attended the TED2014 conference, where I had occasion … Continue reading

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30 years of TED

Throughout most of last week I was wearing a giant badge with a metal tag on it announcing that this was my 10th TED.  The conference itself was in retrospective mode, celebrating its 30th birthday.  Nostalgia aside though, in many … Continue reading

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thickness

“Sorel’s basic character flaws had all cemented by the age of fifteen, a fact which further elicited my sympathy.  To have all the building blocks of your life in place by that age was, by any standard, a tragedy.  It … Continue reading

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hyperforeignism

I drove into Boulder, Colorado at midnight on Wednesday, my impulse to eat a late dinner nearly overbalanced by my need to declare the long day over.  It turns out that, even with throngs of kids boozily wandering from bar … Continue reading

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kindergarten: saudade do futuro

I hope not to get in trouble for posting, verbatim and with minimal commentary, an update we’ve just received from Eliot’s kindergarten.  I find this fascinating and, in its way, rather utopian: As you know, we have been experimenting in … Continue reading

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minusculoyer

minuscule is the tutoyer of the internets. none of these are new observations, but— i’ve been noticing again the “inner signals” of written communication by email and text.  orthography of course tells you loads about a person— like, in so-called … Continue reading

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tel aviv / berlin

It’s time to break this dry spell on the blog.  Let’s begin with some notes I jotted down on the plane back from a trip to Tel Aviv and Berlin a couple of weeks ago. For me, the antisymmetrical ideas … Continue reading

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backyard brains

I’m going to make a confession, get something off my chest that has gnawed at my conscience for many years (ok, just the occasional pang these days, but still).  Electrophysiology was a bit of an obsession for me as a … Continue reading

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