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What is your sense of the poetic tradition? How far back does your particular historical sense range? Atavist : Our Story and Who We Are. Atavist was founded by Evan (a writer), Nick (an editor), and Jeff (a programmer) back in 2011, when conventional wisdom held that “the end of the attention span” was upon us and that “the death of longform” was imminent.

Atavist : Our Story and Who We Are

We believed instead that the web could be a thriving home for deeper stories, beautiful design, and innovative publications. So we built a software platform to make it all possible, and a magazine to show how it’s done. Atavist is now home for tens of thousands of storytellers, from giant companies to small nonprofits, from national magazines to college students, from branded content mavens to hard-bitten journalists. Our groundbreaking flagship publication, The Atavist Magazine, is an eight-time finalist for the National Magazine Awards and the first digital-only magazine to win for feature writing.

Science Connected. Who We Are Quilette. GREG ELLIS – Voice of Quillette Narrated Greg Ellis Greg Ellis is a published author, accomplished director, Annie Award-nominated voice actor and Emmy Award®-nominated actor (ensemble) with an international career that spans stage, screen, television, voice-over and the recording arts.

Who We Are Quilette

His film credits include Pirates of the Caribbean 1, 3 & 4, Titanic, Star Trek, Mr. & Mrs. Donald Trump Is the First White President - The Atlantic. It is insufficient to state the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact.

Donald Trump Is the First White President - The Atlantic

With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office through the passive power of whiteness—that bloody heirloom which cannot ensure mastery of all events but can conjure a tailwind for most of them. Land theft and human plunder cleared the grounds for Trump’s forefathers and barred others from it. Once upon the field, these men became soldiers, statesmen, and scholars; held court in Paris; presided at Princeton; advanced into the Wilderness and then into the White House. Their individual triumphs made this exclusive party seem above America’s founding sins, and it was forgotten that the former was in fact bound to the latter, that all their victories had transpired on cleared grounds.

Thirty Years After 'The Closing of the American Mind' Over thirty years ago, Allan Bloom—the late American philosopher and university professor who was the model for Saul Bellow’s Ravelstein—published The Closing of the American Mind.

Thirty Years After 'The Closing of the American Mind'

He began with a startling declaration: “There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative.” Relativism, Bloom claimed, “is not a theoretical insight but a moral postulate, the condition of a free society, or so they see it.” Students “have all been equipped with this framework early on, and it is the modern replacement for the inalienable rights that used to be the traditional American grounds for a free society.” What students “fear from absolutism is not error but intolerance.” At the end of the opening paragraph, Bloom summarized the result: “The point is not to correct [their] mistakes and really be right; rather it is not to think you are right at all.” Mr. Related. The Problem with 'The Journal of Controversial Ideas'

A group of academics recently announced plans to launch a new journal focused on research that its authors fear could lead to a backlash, putting their careers and perhaps even their physical safety in danger.

The Problem with 'The Journal of Controversial Ideas'

With these concerns in mind, the journal will allow authors to publish their work anonymously, subject to peer review. Some are applauding the launch of what will be titled The Journal of Controversial Ideas. They view it as a needed response to an academic and potentially broader culture that is increasingly afraid to grapple with sensitive topics and seeks to suppress ideas that may have merit but are socially unpopular.

The Sum of Life: Zora Neale Hurston. It came via phone, a literary agent on one end.

The Sum of Life: Zora Neale Hurston

They explained they were interested in a biography about Hurston and asked if Boyd might like to write it. Of course, she would, and so she began mapping out how, because there was no choice. First, she used Hemenway’s book as a roadmap, discerning what undeveloped real estate remained out there.


Gregory’s iPhone Contract. Janell Burley Hofmann, July 08, 2013 journal.

Gregory’s iPhone Contract

ViewPort. Nautilus : Audio. We've created podcasts of selected Nautilus articles, in partnership with, ready for your listening pleasure.

Nautilus : Audio

Just sign in to your Prime account to enable playback. Just Imagining a Workout Can Make You Stronger By Jim Davies Biology | Neuroscience The Strange Brain of the World’s Greatest Solo Climber Alex Honnold doesn’t experience fear like the rest of us. By J.B. Biology | Genetics We Are Nowhere Close to the Limits of Athletic Performance Genetic engineering will bring us new Bolts and Shaqs. By Stephen Hsu Yes, Your Brain Does Process Information By Brian Gallagher Matter | Aerodynamics The Sound So Loud That It Circled the Earth Four Times. Erudite Excellence. Erudite Input. Erudite Terms. PhiloSophia. Wordsworth.

Erudite. Etudesque. Entertaining Possibilities.