Overthinking

by Mark English In casual conversation, a friend mentioned a video clip she had seen which depicted a little girl apparently being sucked into the jet engine of a plane on the tarmac. My interlocutor was skeptical but was open to the possibility that this might have actually happened. Later I checked it out and told her – via SMS […]

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Cosmopolitan

by Margaret Rowley Multiple news sources have detailed Stephen Miller’s recent accusation hurled at Jim Acosta of “cosmopolitan bias,” an insult that has been recently and repeatedly levied at so-called “left-leaning” news networks. Acosta: This whole notion of they have to learn English before they get to the United States, are we just going to bring in people from Great […]

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Boston in Soundscapes

By Margaret Rowley On the back of our house is a porch, probably ten feet long and five feet wide, hung all around with plants, mostly herbs, the product of my cyclical summertime desire to dig in the dirt. The twine hanging them from the ceiling creaks in the wind. The porch is surrounded by old-growth trees, marking a neighborhood […]

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Against Neoconservatism

by Mark English Questions of geopolitics are all too easy to talk about, but very difficult to talk about sensibly. In this respect they are not unlike a lot of other “big questions” that take us beyond the limits of the relatively small and circumscribed worlds in which our distant ancestors struggled for survival and within which our brains and […]

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Provocations

By Daniel A. Kaufman Over at the Daily Nous, a much read, insider philosophy blog, David Velleman, one of today’s top philosophers, who enjoys digs in the world’s #1 ranked philosophy department, posted his version of a Modest Proposal: philosophy journals should no longer publish papers written by graduate students, and tenure and promotion committees should stop counting papers produced […]

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