2017 recommendations

January 29, 2017: What’s Your Evidence?

January 29, 2017: What’s Your Evidence? Of the books I read in 2016, a favorite was Rachel Cusk’s Outline. So I was excited to hear that her newest novel, Transit, was a sequel to that book. Both follow the narrator, Faye, through a series of more or less ordinary days taking place around major life …

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2017 Essay recommendations

January 15, 2017: Language Games

As the new year progresses, and the presidential inauguration draws near, I, like all of us, am attempting to adjust to new realities. This is not easy. I’m not going to write about the election, as such; I am still without anything really useful to say about it, and I have no desire to add …

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2015 recommendations

Recommendations for July 19, 2015

Obviously, it’s been a while, so this one is a little long, and it goes back a little further than usual to some stuff I’ve had queued up for a while. Article: “To Build a Better Language” by Sam Dean A short history of the artificial and proposed “universal” language Esperanto, occasioned by the availability …

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2013 recommendations

Recommendations for June 30, 2013

I have no particular preamble this week. Here’s some stuff I like: Album: “Run the Jewels” by Killer Mike and El-P   Doing something I don’t usually do: posting this without actually having listened to most of it yet. But the Miller Mike album, which El-P produced, was one of the best records of 2012, …

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2013 recommendations

Recommendations for June 9, 2013

Still not back on the Friday schedule; I may decide to leave these for Sunday, since I will be teaching on Fridays in the fall as well. But in any case, here are this week’s recommendations. Video: Tool: “Lateralus” Guitar Percussion Cover by Sam Westphalen Now, I know Tool is not everybody’s thing. I know …

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