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Jan
How bad could it be...?

How bad could it be...?

The it I am referring to is global warming.
That it is occurring seems indisputable. That it will continue seems highly likely. But by how much — as Hamlet might say — there’s the rub.

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27
Dec
A party about... nothing

A party about... nothing

Masha Gessen is the Russian American journalist who has just won a National Book award for her book about Vladimir Putin. This should confirm her as a leading analyst of the world’s leading practitioner of realpolitik and mafia-style domestic politics.

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11
Dec
We really want to like you...

We really want to like you...

Several years ago, Anthony Stewart, then a Dal English professor, wrote a book, You Must Be a Basketball Player, about his experience as a black faculty member at Dal.

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26
Nov
But they’re authentically shallow...

But they’re authentically shallow...

There was a time in the middle of the last century when authenticity was a chief concern of existentialist philosophers and highbrow cultural critics. Today, it has become something like the gold standard that we apply to political leaders and even celebs.

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12
Nov
Who (or what) is media today?

Who (or what) is media today?

A.J. Liebling was probably the most celebrated press critic during the first half of the 20th century. (He would probably have abhorred the word media.)
Liebling once said that freedom of the press is limited to those people who have one. That is far less true now. The person who today most dominates and obsesses world media is neither a media owner nor a professional media person.

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