How to Separate Fact and Fiction Online – Markham Nolan (TED)

By the end of this 13 minute talk, there will be 864 more hours of video on YouTube and 2.5 million more photos on Facebook and Instagram. So how do we sort through the deluge?

Takuma Nakahira

Privacy in an age of publicity – Jill Lepore

Excerpt from an article by the The New Yorker’s Jill Lepore. A historical perspective of a current issue – privacy, publicity, and (government) surveillance: An extraordinary fuss about eavesdropping started in the spring of 1844, when Giuseppe Mazzini, an Italian exile in London, became convinced that the British government was opening his mail. Mazzini, a […]


A Period of Juvenile Prosperity – Mike Brodie

A new exhibition by photographer Mike Brodie, documenting the years he spent traveling across America by rail. Excerpt from mbart.com: For three intense and prolific years, Brodie crisscrossed the states hopping trains, hitchhiking and employing whatever freely available means to fuel his burning lust for movement. The resulting photographs weave a telling photo narrative relatable to […]


A Liberal Decalogue – Bertrand Russell

“Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue, not intended to replace the old one but only to supplement it. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows: Do not feel absolutely certain of anything. Do not think […]


Yan Nascimbene and Italo Calvino


Thomas Wolfe Writes to F. Scott Fitzgerald

Dear Scott: I don’t know where you are living and I’ll be damned if I’ll believe anyone lives in a place called “The Garden of Allah,” which was what the address on your envelope said. I am sending this on to the old address we both know so well. The unexpected loquaciousness of your letter […]

dead souls

“In a word, all was somehow desolate and splendid, as it is given to neither nature nor art to devise” – Dead Souls

Chapter 6 of Gogol’s Dead Souls, description of Plyushkin’s garden: In places green, sun struck thickets parted to reveal a hollow between them, untouched by light and gaping like a dark maw, it was cast all in shadow, and its black depths afforded but the faintest glimpse of a coursing narrow path, the ruins of […]