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Here is a story I reported a while ago, but which the business of life prevented me from publishing until now. It is still an important story about a recent incident in the history of professional philosophy. The past year has seen an increased awareness and discussion of the poor climate for women and minorities in the field of philosophy. I offer you another story about a struggle to diversify this field that remains woefully mostly white and male.

Talking Philosophy

Talking Philosophy
Maud Newton Maud Newton By popular demand, by which I mean because I think Carrie Frye will enjoy it, here’s a lightly edited version of my introduction to the conversation Donna Tartt and I had after her reading last night. There are very few novelists writing today — or in any era, I suppose — of whom it can be said with certainty that they will be read in a hundred or two hundred years. Donna Tartt is an exception.
Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog It's that time of year again...I am opening comments on this thread for people to post news about junior, tenure-track hires in philosophy departments or of philosophy PhDs, i.e., hires made during this year of new assistant professors who will be starting in summer or fall 2014 (or thereafter). (For schools outside the US, please list new Lecturers who are on presumptively permanent appointments--not temporary lecturers.) As in prior years, you may also post information about post-doc appointments, since there are an increasing number of those in philosophy, many quite attractive. No anonymous posts will be allowed. (Please e-mail me about any errors.) The format of the postings should be as follows: candidate's name (name of PhD-granting school) hired by [name of school].
In Simone Weil: An Introduction to her Thought, John Hellman shows that Weil's concept of attention is not simply some kind of effortful application of concentration (Weil: "Most often attention is confused with a kind of muscular effort ... [a] kind of frowning application") but rather "the link between several aspects of her thought: her ascetic intellectualism, her love for mathematics, her concern for the poor and oppressed, her innovatively focussed politics, and her unusually empathetic sensitivity." Attention, then, is a complex, compound term with several overlapping concerns. ReadySteadyBlog « ReadySteadyBook - a literary site ReadySteadyBlog « ReadySteadyBook - a literary site
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Vintage Reads Vintage Reads As soon as I saw the reviews for the new Meg Wolitzer novel I wanted to read it. I loved the idea of a summer camp called Spirit-in-the-Woods which is specifically for creative teenagers. The Interestings begins in the 1970s with a group of teenagers who are would-be musicians, artists dancers and actors. Six form a close friendship and call themselves The Interestings.
opinionated commentary on literary matters - from the complete review 12 April 2014- Saturday Kamila Shamsie profile | Up and coming, out of Russia ?How's the Pain ? review the Literary Saloon at the complete review - a literary weblog the Literary Saloon at the complete review - a literary weblog
"Which is to say: The war is lost, and that means more than a lost campaign, it means that we are in fact lost - lost, our cause and soul, our faith and our history. Germany is done for, or will be done for. An unutterable collapse - economic, political, moral, and spiritual - in short, an all-embracing collapse looms ahead. Not that I would have wished for what threatens us, for it is despair, it is madness." (186) This Book and I Could Be Friends This Book and I Could Be Friends
biblioklept | The Easter FiresANOTHER occasion on which these fire-festivals are held is Easter Eve, the Saturday before Easter Sunday. On that day it has been customary in Catholic countries to extinguish all the lights in the churches, and then to make a new fire, sometimes with flint and steel, sometimes with a burning-glass. At this fire is lit the great Paschal or Easter candle, which is then used to rekindle all the extinguished lights in the church. In many parts of Germany a bonfire is also kindled, by means of the new fire, on some open space near the church.

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Archives for Books About Books » Novel Readings - Notes on Literature and Criticism Archives for Books About Books » Novel Readings - Notes on Literature and Criticism Anne Fadiman, Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader Anne Fadiman’s Ex Libris is another Book About Books for my ongoing reading project–the longest-running one on this blog. As I’ve noted before, I began reading this kind of book as a deliberate exploration of the genre (what do people say?) and now I am also always curious about voice (how do they say it?). Fadiman has lots […]
The Reading Life Tantalus by Jane Jazz is a deeply moving novel that is a perfect mix of Gothic, impossible romance, and psychological acuity combined with very believable people that we end up caring strongly about. The author quotes from Jane Eyre in a chapter heading and has a profound fondness for Pre-Raphalite art, just throw in a little Edgar Alan Poe and a tiny dose of Montaque James and you maybe can begin to conjure up the wonder that is Tantalus. (Remember as you read Tantalus that M R James, England's greatest writer of ghost stories, almost as good as Sheridan deLa Fanu, that his stories display a deep seated horror and attraction to human physical contact. The Reading Life
By: Maria Popova What a 13,000-year-old eucalyptus tree reveals about the meaning of human life. “Our overblown intellectual faculties seem to be telling us both that we are eternal and that we are not,” philosopher Stephen Cave observed in his poignant meditation on our mortality paradox And yet we continue to long for the secrets of that ever-elusive eternity.

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Romenu De Nederlandse dichter Pieter Cornelis Boutens werd geboren in Middelburg op 20 februari 1870. Zie ook mijn blog van 20 februari 2007 en ook mijn blog van 20 februari 2008 en ook mijn blog van 20 februari 2009 en ook mijn blog van 20 februari 2010. Die man lijkt mij godengelijk te wezen,
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The 2011 Tournament of Books by ToB Staff This morning, amid a great thrum of imaginary fanfare, the Morning News Selection Committee unveils this year’s 16 contenders and judges for that battle royale of literary excellence, the Seventh Annual Tournament of Books presented by Field Notes, sponsored by Powell’s Books. The competition doesn’t begin until Monday, March 7, 2011, but today’s announcement will allow time for Tournament fans to begin reading so they can follow along with the blood sport. We’ll also let you know below how you can help determine the participants in this year’s Zombie Round. You know Field Notes, right? Makers of the Field Notes Brand memo books, steno books, and other handy products, made right here in the U.S.A.? Well, they have created a special, limited-edition Tournament of Books memo book (see picture above) that you can use to track your Rooster reading.
De Papieren Man - Literaire berichtgeving à la carte zaterdag 17 september 2011 door Dirk Leyman/Hans Cottyn 'De papieren man' zet een punt achter vijf jaar literaire berichtgeving De papieren man zet vandaag een punt achter zijn berichtgeving. Precies vijf jaar lang hielden we de vinger aan de pols van het literaire - en boekennieuws in de Lage Landen en verre omstreken. Nu hebben de makers - na rijp beraad, zoals dat heet - besloten om er de stekker uit te trekken.De redenen zijn uiteenlopend. Feit is dat het beheren en updaten van deze site een intense, veeleisende en dagelijkse bezigheid was.
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