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David Bowie’s Stardust Twilight
3 years ago

David Bowie’s Stardust Twilight

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DAVID BOWIE, whose death on January 10 came as a shock to millions of his fans around the world, had a profound impact on generations of listeners. Beyond the appreciation …
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Awkward Aeronautics and the Metaphysics of Friction
3 years ago

Awkward Aeronautics and the Metaphysics of Friction

Spoiler alert, in a sense

In the newest installment of Star Wars, “The Force Awakens,” I was struck by a minor detail that recurred throughout the film: the awkward aeronautics …
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Empire of Solitude
3 years ago

Empire of Solitude

ONE ATTRIBUTE of this year’s presidential contest that has not gone unnoticed by the press is the apparent insouciance with which the candidates have gone about embellishing their records, denying the …
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Pedagogy and Other Defenses against the Dark Arts: Professor Severus Snape and Harry Potter
3 years ago

Pedagogy and Other Defenses against the Dark Arts: Professor Severus Snape and Harry Potter

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In memory of Alan Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016)

ALAN RICKMAN gives us J. K. Rowling’s Professor Severus Snape as we know and loathe him. Setting aside the …
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Freedom and the Refugees
3 years ago

Freedom and the Refugees

LIBERTY is arguably the bedrock of modern, Western-style democracies. From the French Revolution’s trinity “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” the last term echoes nowadays as a quaint, out-of-the-grandma’s-closet reverie. Equality fares a bit …
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On Privacing
3 years ago

On Privacing

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WAS PRIVACY — as an idea and a reality — only a brief interlude, available to a few prosperous, modern Westerners? They could afford rooms of their own where they might …
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The Meaning of “Clean Energy”
3 years ago

The Meaning of “Clean Energy”

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AS THE GLOBAL CONFERENCE on climate change is taking place in Paris, it is time to contemplate the meaning of “clean energy.” In the West, the word energy is marked …
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Technologies of Global Warming
3 years ago

Technologies of Global Warming

THE CITY OF PARIS, the host of the upcoming Conference of Parties (COP21) whose objective is to slow down global warming, is quite a good illustration of the theme of …
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Bartleby, Refugee, Sovereignty
3 years ago

Bartleby, Refugee, Sovereignty

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SOME 10 YEARS AGO, in an article that now makes me cringe (please don’t look it up!), I discussed a short text by the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben titled “Beyond …
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The Politics of Politics
3 years ago

The Politics of Politics

IDIOMS beginning “the politics of…” are often used to describe a dimension of other activities that is thought to be less than essential to them. “The politics of the university,” …
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