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Jasper's Flag

over 4 years ago

Jasper John's (American) "Flag" sold for a record price in New York with other American artists taking top dollar in a reversal of a trend that has favored international artists.


Dumbing Down

over 4 years ago

Dramatist Friedrick Schiller and the late David Foster Wallace both wanted to lift their audience up instead of write down to them; their opinions are excerpted in Lapham's Quarterly.

Daylight Atheism

Find Me in Free Inquiry

over 4 years ago

By Ebonmuse Before my flight leaves, I'm just dropping by to post a quick note: the newest (June/July 2010) issue of Free Inquiry magazine contains an original article by me, "Diplomats and Rabble-Rousers". The article discusses my views on the New Atheist movement and those who criticize it ...

Daylight Atheism

Could Creationism Be Rational After All?

over 4 years ago

By Richard Hollis (aka Ritchie) I thought I'd kick off the guest posts with a little philosophical thought experiment (hark, is that the sound of you all clapping your hands in glee?). When I wrote the following, I mean it fairly light-heartedly, but with an eye to the fact that we should ...


Cory Booker Is Too Good To Be In Politics

over 4 years ago

I don’t know a whole lot about Cory Booker. My cousin who lives in Jersey, who I trade emails with from time to time, has never mentioned Booker’s name once, although it may be because my cousin is more prone to send me jokes and lamentations about his poorly performing football team. So the other ...