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Some new links!

October 14, 2020
Sorry, been a bit off the grid, but trying to claw my way back now. Nice review of Marilynne Robinson’s new novel Jack. This struck me as especially acute: “few read Marilynne Robinson’s novels for plot or social...
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End of the week links

October 09, 2020
It's been a long week, for all of us. We need to relax! Here are some things to make you muse, and think. If you don't like them, you don't need to read them. COVID is hitting red counties, and especially rural red counties, just when it is...
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Yet more links!

October 08, 2020
My larger writing is going very well right now, but that means I'm saving all my typing for that, really. All you're getting is haikus. I'm sorry. This should change in a couple years, maybe? Well, maybe sooner. But for now, just some quick links and opinions:...
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Links!

October 07, 2020
Just some stuff: A really nice brief intro to Czeslaw Milosz’s poetry. I would never have thought to compare him to P.G. Wodehouse, for instance. Did American creative writing programs help create a self-obsessed and anti-political culture, not just in the US...
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Some links

October 05, 2020

Just some links today.

 

 

Brief intro to Olga Tokarczuk’s novel, Flights.  It has this nice suggestion about the book: “If Tokarczuk is a Penelope, weaving her fragmentary narratives together, she...

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Small post about public intellectual life in the Trump era:

October 04, 2020
Carlos Lozada is interesting on the intellectual quality of the Trump-era books, not just his ridiculous sycophantic supporters (who don’t deserve a lot of attention, and he doesn’t give it to them), but some of his rather more self-righteous opponents, not a few of whom hoover up a lot of the space of public...
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Books I’m reading: Elijah Anderson, The Cosmopolitan Canopy

October 04, 2020
Every now and again I mention a book I'm reading, especially if it's interesting. This week I finished Elijah Anderson's nice The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life (New York, WW Norton, 2011), and I thought I'd just mention it. The book is a thoughtful study of the...
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Friday Night links

October 02, 2020
There has been “an evolution in the way investors, economists and central bankers think about government debt.” This article usefully charts that evolution...
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Links for the beginning of October!

October 01, 2020
It's a new month! I didn't realize this till after noon today, scarily enough. This year will be strange to remember. A good review of what seems to be a pretty thorough biography of Zygmunt Bauman, the Polish social theorist who wrote Modernity and the Holocaust and Liquid Modernity, among other works. ...
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