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Recommendations for January 28, 2012

I have a fairly short list this week. In particular, I did not hear a lot of new music that really did it for me, which will generally be a major part of these lists. First, a couple of articles on anonymity, in some quite different forms.  Article: “Our Weirdness is Free,” by Gabriella Coleman. …

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Music as Memoir

As I write this, I am listening to Leonard Cohen’s new album, which somehow seems appropriate. But the inspiration for this was something quite different: the (mostly online, highly specialized) argument about Lana Del Rey. I am definitely not going to get into all the details of this argument– frankly, I’m not that familiar with …

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Recommendations January 21, 2012

Comic: The Unwritten by Peter Carey (writer) and Peter Gross (artist) http://www.dccomics.com/vertigo/graphic_novels/?gn=13677 My number one recommendation for this week has to be this series. I have now read the first three volumes; the fifth was just published. The story involves a series of children’s books about a boy wizard named Tommy Taylor (and yes, the …

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Weekly Recommendations, 01/13/2011

Article: The Truth Wears Off, by Jonah Lehrer (The New Yorker) http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/12/13/101213fa_fact_lehrer?currentPage=all Lehrer writes about the “decline effect” in scientific research– the fact that the results of many experiments tend to diminish or even disappear upon replication. He suggests that this phenomenon may be largely the result of  perception bias — scientists know what results …

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Weekly Recommendations Jan. 6 2012

This is the first in a new, hopefully weekly, series of posts about things I have seen, read, or heard in over the previous week that I think are worth checking out. I will try to talk about at least three things per week, though there may sometimes be more and, quite probably, occasionally less. …

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The Year in Reading 2011

I read 70 books in 2011. Without counting, I am guessing that most of them are either a) novels or b) non-fiction read for either teaching or research, as these are the two categories into which most of my reading generally falls. This was a significant decline in quantity from last year, when I read …

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