It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horseraces.
Diversity of thought is the lifeblood of philosophy. Nothing is more exciting than a fresh idea. Yet academic philosophy in America shuns diversity Diversity of Yammerites
The past is not a foolproof guide to the future. It is, however, the only guide we have. So why are historians reluctant to comment on contemporary affairs? Whatever you do do not mention the past cold and hot wars
The best spy and detective fiction, we're told, transcends its genre. That’s a backhanded compliment, of course, but what does more it even mean?
The notable art for this piece includes Yvonne Rainer’s No Manifesto, Ad Reinhardt’s No War, and The No Manifesto for Poetry Readings and LISTSERVs and Magazine and ‘Open Versatile Spaces Where Cultural Production Flourishes’.(via @joeld)
For Roger Scruton, music is rooted in subjective experience. The act of listening endows mere vibrations with meaning and purpose
The CIA funded a culture war against communism. It should do so again. WaPo (UserFriendly).
According to the Freedom House think-tank, journalism censorship worldwide is at a 13-year high.
This year’s champion, Jared Miller, of Leon, Iowa, took home a customized 2018 Chevrolet Silverado truck to drive for his yearlong reign; he also won six thousand dollars, a world-champion belt buckle, a world-champion ring, a money clip, and a bespoke leather briefcase. In interviews, Miller, like many successful auctioneers, appears personable and polite. When he begins his chant, his mouth only opens so much — when you’re talking as fast as he is, the tongue does most of the work — but what comes out sounds something like a undulating yodel, or a less guttural take on the Inuit tradition of throat singing. Once you tune in to its particular rhythms — and it can take a few minutes to acclimate to the crests and swells — the prices become discernible: “One dollar bid, now two, now two, would you give me two?”
Thread by @citizensmediatv: ““Then why does the military budget keep going up as social programs keep getting cut?” Now that’s a good question Thread Reader
The Spring 2017 issue of The Fiddlehead: Atlantic Canada's International Literary Journal includes a special feature on 2016 Griffin Prize internationalwinner Norman Dubie. Editor Ross Leckie introduces the section of twenty-three poems, including five new ones, with "Norman Dubie: The Details of Winter That Upset Us."
Leckie writes, "No poet I can think of writes as much about dreams as Dubie, and no poet ought to be able to, as dreams are so often adduced as the moment of epiphany, as the encoded truth that underlies all the banality that consumes our daily lives. In Dubie’s work, however, dreams seem as one room in the mind’s library, in which there is also an astonishing array of books and the lives of their authors, and details of plot and character that are not there, but could be. There are landscapes both from memory and from imagination, scenes of history in the grotesquerie of its filth and muck, and assorted friends and family who demand attention, or simply stop by for a chat."
No to racists
No to fascists
No to taxes funding racists and fascistsNo mercy for rapists
No pity for bigots
No forgiveness for nativists
No to all thoseNo hope without rage
No rage without teeth
No separate peace
No easy featNo to bounds by genders
No to clickbait as culture
No to news as truths
No to art as untruthsNo anti-Semitic anything
No Islamophobic anything
No progress without others
No meaning without meaningNo means no
No means no
No means no
No means no