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- beginning with a line from Paul Celan's "The Meridian"
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Actor and “Reading Rainbow” host LeVar Burton tells NPR’s Tom Ashbrook why there are some children’s books we turn to in adulthood, and why cultural representation can be difficult.

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be very intelligent, read them more fairy tales.

I personally find this idea hilarious. I suppose the sales clerks and managers might not…


A Clever Hack Makes Any Receipt Printer Spit Out The U.S. Constitution

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Philosopher Martha Nussbaum in conversation with Bill Moyers on what the Ancient Greeks teach us about good personhood and living with our human fragility

If you’re going to get anywhere in learning mathematics, you need to learn to be comfortable not understanding something… The truth is that mathematicians are chronically lost and confused. It’s our natural state of being, and I mean that in a good way.

The interesting thing is that writers and probably most artists feel the same way. Perhaps the fields of art and science are not as far away as some suggest.

Jeremy Kun on why mathematicians are, and should be, “chronically lost and confused.” Pair with the wonderful Love and Math. (via explore-blog)


Let’s play! There are only a couple days left to enjoy Play Things: 600 Years of Games and Other Merriments, an exhibition that explores the long and varied tradition of how works on paper not only participated in but actively facilitated conditions of playfulness. From early paper dolls, to kites, word games, photos, and optical illusions, the exhibition invites you to literally play and interact with some materials, and engage with other artifacts in a more figuratively playful way. 

Play Things is on display through Sunday, March 16 in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building’s Print and Stokes Gallery


This month’s theme of “Hidden” will be explored by Laurie Frick.
Laurie is a data artist. She uses self-tracking data to construct hand-built works and installations to imagine a time when sensors track and predict our behavior. She holds an MFA from the New York Studio…
When I was learning how to critique other writers’ stories, one of my biggest lessons was this: Critique the story they wrote, not the story you wish they’d written.
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