Monthly Archives: March 2014

Standing Up to Violence

Emily January Peterson has an excellent post today, “Girls’ Studies: Violence,” over on her blog The Bookshelf of Emily J.  I was going to leave a comment there, but I realized there was so much I wanted to say that it might be … Continue reading

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Art -vs- Science: An Artificial Divide

I was paging through the weekend Wall Street Journal this morning and practically jumped out of my chair when I saw Walter Murch’s face looking out from the “Review” section. Murch is an Oscar-winning film editor who has worked on … Continue reading

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Lana Del Rey: Robbed of the Oscar, as her Maleficent follow-up confirms

I was astonished when Lana Del Rey’s haunting “Young and Beautiful” from The Great Gatsby wasn’t even nominated for Best Song. “Young and Beautiful” should have won!  Just one more reminder that awards are not the final arbiter of quality. … Continue reading

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Spring thaw: Oh, happy day!

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Keith Fawkes

Originally posted on The Matilda Project:
Keith Fawkes, 3 Flask Walk, London NW3 1HJ There are little patches of magic everywhere, though it seems they’re always getting harder to find. Yes, somewhere along we decided that what was convenient, clean…

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The Russia–Ukraine–Syria connection (and why Turkey may be in crisis next)

Sometimes looking at a map can tell you a lot.  Take a look at this map, for example.  It shows that Russia is a largely landlocked country.  Unless you count its far northern shores deep inside the Arctic Circle. Vladimir … Continue reading

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