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Review of Trivers (2015)

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Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Literature

From priorprobability.com

We’ve just finished reading Robert Trivers’s strange memoir “Wild Life: Adventures of an Evolutionary Biologist.” But before proceeding with our short review, we must disclose up front that Dr Trivers is one of our intellectual heroes–along with Thomas Schelling, Gordon Tullock, and Ronald Coase.

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A note on Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet — Crooked Timber

Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Literature

From crookedtimber.org

I finished Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet yesterday. I know there’s been a lot of hype about these novels, but it is entirely justified. Actually, I write “these novels” but this is actually just one long novel, distributed across four printed volumes.

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An interview with David Winters

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Category: Literature

From matthewjakubowski.wordpress.com

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All An Ayn Rand Hero Really Wants Is Love

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Sunday, October 19, 2014
Category: Literature

From thefederalist.com

Spoiler Alert: This is an excerpt from my forthcoming reader’s guide to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. The book is intended to be an adjunct to the novel and assumes that you have already read it.

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On Gottland by Mariusz Szczygie?

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Sunday, October 19, 2014
Category: Literature

From quarterlyconversation.com

Gottland is not a novel, but that proves difficult to remember. The book, playfully subtitled Mostly True Stories from Half of Czechoslovakia, is technically a work of reportage, and its author, Mariusz Szczygieł, one of Poland’s best-known journalists.

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Poem with Blue Agapanthus

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Category: Literature

From www.warscapes.com

The 17th Century Kabbalist, Nathan of Gaza, speculated that before the world came into being, there were, in the endlessness of existence, two lights: the one, active, thinking, with the impetus to create; the other passive, concealed and full in itself.

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Cultural Icons’ Favorite Books – Flavorwire

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Category: Literature

From flavorwire.com

Everybody loves a good book. Yes, everybody — even the rich, famous and culturally relevant. And since there’s nothing better than a book recommendation from someone you already idolize, why not check out which ones they count as their favorites? Maybe you’ll wind up finding out that you have even more in common with Lady Gaga than you thought.

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First sentences of non-fiction texts: The Top Ten - Features - Books - The Independent

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
Category: Literature

From www.independent.co.uk

John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting professor at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. Previously he was chief leader writer for The Independent.

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Samuel Johnson Prize 2014 longlist announced - Telegraph

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Saturday, October 4, 2014
Category: Literature

From www.telegraph.co.uk

Now in its 16th year, the prize is open to non-fiction books on the topics of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts. Last year’s winner was The Pike by Lucy Hughes-Hallett, a biography of controversial Italian writer Gabriele D’Annunzio.

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