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October 15, 2017 – 1:18 pm

“The Nazis, Arendt argues, furnished this deliberate disconnect from reality with what she calls “holes of oblivion.” (Today, we call them “alternative facts.”) In a searing testament to the power of speaking up, she considers …

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Ahmed Kathrada, Anti-Apartheid Leader, Dies at 87

March 28, 2017 – 2:06 pm
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The iconic political activist and one of my father’s good friends Ahmed Kathrada died today. I had the honor of spending time with Kathrada on many occasions. But in particular, I had the privilege of …

Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend On It. (Via Cal Newport at NYT)

March 20, 2017 – 2:26 pm

“In a capitalist economy, the market rewards things that are rare and valuable. Social media use is decidedly not rare or valuable. Any 16-year-old with a smartphone can invent a hashtag or repost a viral …

Trump’s First Budget Proposal

March 16, 2017 – 1:23 pm

 
“The chances of Mr. Trump’s first budget passing Congress in its current form are slim. Many of the proposals would be nonstarters for Democrats, and some would be problematic for Republicans. The proposed $54 billion …

BJ Miller and a New Model of Palliative Care

January 30, 2017 – 2:12 pm

“Don’t we all treat suffering as a disruption to existence, instead of an inevitable part of it? He wondered what would happen if you could ‘reincorporate your version of reality, of normalcy, to accommodate suffering.’”
Had …

Chekhov Tribute – 1/29 – Nuyorican Poets Cafe

January 16, 2017 – 3:17 pm
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In celebration of Anton Chekhov’s birthday on January 29th, join us for a tribute to his timeless works directed by Alice Spivak of OnTheRoad Repertory Company at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Will be great! Buy …

What do We Know? (Pico Iyer via NYT)

January 6, 2017 – 4:40 pm

“But one thing that happens when we acquire too much “knowledge” is that, like Othello, we sometimes fail to distinguish it from what can never be known, which may not be untrue.”
–James Ferrari
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