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Monday papers: or the new Fatwa

almost 5 years ago

Numerous deadlines and upcoming trips have cut into much of the time I usually devote to blogging, but despite my absence the news continues to come in fast and furious. Over the weekend 'Abd al-Malik al-Huthi announced that he was ready to negotiate along the lines laid down by Hamid al-Ahmar ...

Daylight Atheism

Photo Sunday: America's Best Idea

almost 5 years ago

I don't post pictures on this blog often enough (and since I recently bought a new camera, I might as well get some use out of it!), so with this post I'm kicking off a new semi-regular feature. If you've got interesting, unusual or just beautiful pictures that you own and would like to see here, I ...

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Dissing "Fahrenheit 451"

almost 5 years ago

Josh Lieb, the executive producer of "The Daily Show," visited Big Think to talk about his first novel, "I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President."  He shares with his seventh-grade protagonist, Oliver Watson, a disdain for "Fahrenheit 451" as an authorial circle jerk ...


Obama's Symbolic Nobel

almost 5 years ago

President Obama is now the just third sitting president to win the Nobel Peace Prize—the first since Woodrow Wilson won in 1919 for his role in setting up the League of Nations. The Nobel Prize Committee awarded the prize to Obama for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy ...

Novel Copy

Oslo Bets It All on Obama

almost 5 years ago

Surprise! As if expectations weren’t high enough for the new American president, Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize after nine months in office, and all without achieving a terrific amount of peace. In a rare move, the Nobel committee awarded the prize to encourage what it sees ...