Sunday, May 07, 2023

"Performing fairness can make us fairer"

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.

— Søren Kierkegaard, born on this date in 1813

Alan Rickman was taken from us too soon. He was the actor's actor. He didn't seek attention, preferring the periphery to the center. He gave of himself. And then, just when he'd struck global fame for his later roles, cancer had to cut it short. He leaves a painful gap.

"And it's a human need to be told stories. The more we're governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we came from, and what might be possible."

-- Alan Rickman

What Cheetahs, Armadillos and Whales Revealed About Human DNA New York Times

Cities Are Banning Cruises Due To Erosion, Air Pollution, And Over Tourism Travel Daily Media

Dwindling sea ice and rising Arctic ship traffic may bring unwelcome visitors to King Island, Alaska High Country News

New Trend: Fake Books As Decoration

While some people are going all in and covering entire walls in fake books, others are aghast at the thought that someone would think to decorate with a book that isn’t real. - The New York Times

Twice-Exiled: The Life Of A Young Correspondent For Russia’s Only Independent TV Network

Valeria Ratnikova started at TV Rain at age 20; by 23, she was a network star. When Putin's government shut TV Rain down after the Ukraine invasion, she followed colleagues to a new station-in-exile in Latvia — until missteps and misunderstandings led that government to revoke Rain's license. - Columbia Journalism Review

Bach, Handel, Mozart, Schubert: All of them fell out of favor between their time and ours. But not Beethoven. Why?... more »

In the German capital, expats have built a new language centered on nightlife slang, expletives, and loan words: Berlinglish ... more »

Neutrality might be a fiction, but it is an essential one, says Anthony Appiah. "Performing fairness can make us fairer"... more »