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The philosophy of applied mathematics
I told a guest at a recent party that I use mathematics to try to understand migraines. She thought that I ask migraine sufferers to do mental arithmetic to alleviate their symptoms. Of course, what…
Author: Phil Wilson
Length: 10 minutes (2628 words)
The power of Creole
When Michel DeGraff was a young boy in Haiti, his older brother brought home a notice from school reminding students and parents of certain classroom rules. At the top of the list was “no weapons.” And right below it, DeGraff still remembers: “No Creole.” Students were supposed to use French, and French only.
Author: Leon Neyfakh
Source: Boston Globe
Published: July 24, 2011
Length: 10 minutes (2518 words)
God's Own Warden
It was a chilly December morning when I got to the gates of Angola prison, and I was nervous as I waited to be admitted. To begin with, nothing looked the way it ought to have looked. The entrance,…
Source: Mother Jones
Length: 4 minutes (1158 words)
Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did
I remember that many years ago, when I was a smart ass home from first year of college, I was standing in the kitchen arguing with my father. My head was full of newly discovered political…
Author: HamdenRice
Published: Aug. 29, 2011
Length: 8 minutes (2017 words)
Novelty Acts
Author: Ariel Levy
Published: Sept. 19, 2011
Length: 10 minutes (2721 words)
Irving Wardle learned German just to read him, and then tried to invoke him on stage ... From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, September/October 2011 This is a memoir of somebody I never met.…
Length: 12 minutes (3038 words)
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Great Compositions For Craig Semetko Henri Cartier-Bresson started in photography like many of us. He took cute pictures of his friends and surroundings, until he decided to make a change. It was…
Length: 21 minutes (5379 words)
Tintin and the war
Much has been written about Herg the collaborator, but the books themselves reveal all. As Steven Spielbergs new film opens, Simon Kuper investigates Coming soon: Tintin and the Thomson twins in a…
Author: Simon Kuper
Source: www.ft.com
Length: 14 minutes (3661 words)
Mark Twain in Love
On an empyreal spring evening in 1858, with the oleander in bloom upriver and early jasmine scenting the wind, the steersman for the Mississippi steamboat Pennsylvania, a bookish 22-year-old named…
Length: 23 minutes (5981 words)
The Charms of Christmas Ephemera and the Changing Face of Santa Claus
By Maribeth Keane and Jessica Lewis Dolph Gotelli is a professor emeritus of design at the University of California, Davis. Gotelli is well known in the Christmas community for his elaborate…
Length: 16 minutes (4016 words)
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