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Cynthia Haven
Cultural and literary journalist
Cultural and literary journalist
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I take issue with her statement that "facts come from the realm of the humanities," but it's hard to argue with this: "I don’t expect the university to be a pure place, but there are questions that need to be asked. If we have a public culture that suffers for lack of ability to comprehend other human beings, we shouldn’t be surprised."
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Of all the images and words I've seen today, this one was the most poignant, perhaps because understated.
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He fled the Sierra Nevada wildfire on bike with nothing but his cello...

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We make the grade at Hacker News. On René Girard, social media, and marketing: "Mimetic desire is the the human yearning behind the Fear of Missing Out. Driving engagement is most effective when it exploits that fear. It works very well indeed."
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May all corporations follow suit...Pushkin replies to a government request with a quatrain.
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"But what makes Gandhi’s thought especially timely is the understanding of truth and dialogue contained in his doctrine of Satyagraha. In addition to encouraging humility and obliging us always to remain open to the possibility that we may be wrong and our adversaries right, it entails the recognition that 'we shall always see truth in fragments and from different angles of vision.'”
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Philip Larkin called him a genius. Kingsley Amis complained of getting old, ugly, and fat said: "What was that quote about free from care? Certainly applies to ole Bob. He just goes on and on, as if nothing has happened."

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“Each California Poet Laureate takes on a significant cultural project, with one of its goals being to bring poetry to those who might otherwise have little exposure. As his project, Gioia’s county tour was an incredible achievement to that end." His term of office ends this week.
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Machine guns and army trucks, helicopters and tanks – but where did the script go?

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If I had a place like this to write, I expect I could crank out "Les Misérables," too.
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