Thursday Links, Agglomerated

  1. Nathan Smith: “American egalitarianism is a sheltered creed that needs the border as blindfold to retain its limited plausibility as an ideal.”
  2. Literary Magazines for Socialists funded by the CIA, ranked (Partisan Review is #3)
  3. Pope Francis to visit a Pennsylania prison and call for reform in Congress.
  4. Michael Rosen: I sometimes fear that people might think that fascism arrives in fancy dress worn by grotesques and monsters as played out in endless re-runs of the Nazis. Fascism arrives as your friend. It will restore your honour, make you feel proud, protect your house, give you a job, clean up the neighbourhood, remind you of how great you once were, clear out the venal and the corrupt, remove anything you feel is unlike you…It doesn’t walk in saying, “Our programme means militias, mass imprisonments, transportations, war and persecution.”
  5. W. H. Auden: “There were two kinds of machinery for separating the slime, one I thought more beautiful than the other, but the other one I knew to be more efficient. I felt myself faced with what I can only call a moral choice—it was my duty to take the second and more efficient one. Later, I realized, in constructing this world which was only inhabited by me, I was already beginning to learn how poetry is written.”
  6. Tax preparers lobby for more complicated taxes.

Links, Aggregated (Monday Edition)

  1. Intuition can encourage opinions that are contrary to the facts.
  2. Press the space bar to load a new puppy.
  3. Antonia Malchik: Over the past 80 years, walking simply as a way to get somewhere, let alone for pleasure, has become such an alien concept to Americans that small movements towards making neighbourhoods and communities more walkable are met with fierce, indignant resistance.
  4. Who won the Hugos? (“All this has ever been is a giant Fuck You—one massive gesture of contempt.”)
  5. Most Vox Thing Ever? Deez Nuts, Explained

Links, Aggregated (Thursday Edition)

  1. Social Perfectionism and Why Suicide Unfairly Impacts Men
  2. Science isn’t Broken: It’s just a hell of a lot harder than we give it credit for
  3. “millions of lives may be about to change profoundly”
  4. The Chronicles of Prydain is the greatest fantasy series ever written
  5. Alternatives to Beats by Dre at every price point and for every use-case
  6. Why everything you know about wolf packs is wrong

Links, Aggregated

  1. Happiness studies say parenthood is bad for youProbably this tells us more about happiness studies than happiness.
  2. Lisa Feldman Barrett: What Emotions Are (and Aren’t)
  3. Five Philosophy Books for Children
  4. Emily Oster: Everybody Calm Down about Breastfeeding (But see also)
  5. Knowing whom to ask and also how to ask is also often more valuable than a detailed knowledge of a cuisine per se.”
  6. Peter Levine stands with Ukraine: “The reason that liberals are influential in Ukraine and vanishingly marginal in Russia is not that Ukrainians are superior to Russians. No people is superior, and in any case, the differences in their current situations can probably be traced to local and recent contingencies, such as the greater efficiency of the Russian security and media agencies and the flood of petrodollars that fund them. But the fact remains that Ukrainians who are cosmopolitan, liberal, and republican hold considerable power in their country, and there is nothing similar right now in Russia.”