OCTOBER 2007 CULTURE ITEMS
[Washington Monthly]
Religion correlates with poverty.
25 Oct 2007 6:28 pm EST
[harriet]
AE Stallings on the Anti-Muses: Like the Muses, they are attracted to talent and promising projects, and the presence of several at once probably means you are on to something big. Still, they can frustrate or even destroy the most inspired tender new poem, and send the poet into despair, alcoholism, or flash fiction. The more we know about them, the better.
22 Oct 2007 12:20 pm EST
[Ephemeris]
Daily news, in Latin.
19 Oct 2007 8:43 pm EST
[Edge.org]
What is your formula? Your equation? Your algorithm?
19 Oct 2007 6:10 pm EST
[Nobelprize.org]
Wislawa Szymborska: In daily speech, where we don't stop to consider every word, we all use phrases like "the ordinary world," "ordinary life," "the ordinary course of events"... But in the language of poetry, where every word is weighed, nothing is usual or normal. Not a single stone and not a single cloud above it. Not a single day and not a single night after it. And above all, not a single existence, not anyone's existence in this world.
19 Oct 2007 11:58 am EST
[Free Rice]
For each word you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice to a hungry person through an international aid agency.
18 Oct 2007 12:55 pm EST
[Russia Today]
Could Joseph Stalin have been poet instead of tyrant? Stalin is known to the world as one of history’s biggest tyrants, responsible for the death of millions. But the man who was to become the supreme ruler of the Soviet Union could have chosen a very different path—the path of poetry.
18 Oct 2007 11:55 am EST
[Greta Christina's Blog]
Why we are angry.
16 Oct 2007 5:29 pm EST
[PC Magazine]
PC Magazine's 100 Favorite Blogs - 2007.
16 Oct 2007 10:05 am EST
[Maps of War]
How has the geography of religion evolved over the centuries, and where has it sparked wars? Want to see 5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds? Ready, Set, Go!
16 Oct 2007 10:02 am EST
[Slate]
The birth of a new law is something the media, lawyers, and academics pay great attention to. But the decay and death of old laws can be just as important, even when they're unobserved. The story of our obscenity laws highlights where, exactly, American laws go to die.
15 Oct 2007 11:14 am EST
[www.azstarnet.com]
The new University of Arizona Poetry Center is now open for business.
15 Oct 2007 10:32 am EST
[Reginald Shepherd's Blog]
Reginald Shepherd: I write because I would like to live forever. The fact of my future death offends me. Part of this derives from my sense of my own insignificance in the universe. My life and death are a barely momentary flicker. I would like to become more than that. That the people and things I love will die wounds me as well. I seek to immortalize the world I have found and made for myself, even knowing that I won’t be there to witness that immortality, mine or my work’s, that by definition I will never know whether my endeavor has been successful. But when has impossibility ever deterred anyone from a cherished goal?
14 Oct 2007 8:47 pm EST
[The TalkOrigins Archive]
Creationist claims are numerous and varied, so it is often difficult to track down information on any given claim. Plus, creationists constantly come up with new claims which need addressing. This site attempts, as much as possible, to make it easy to find rebuttals and references from the scientific community to any and all of the various creationist claims.
14 Oct 2007 8:46 pm EST
[International Herald Tribune]
Al Gore wins 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
12 Oct 2007 12:28 pm EST
[various]
Science fiction writer Doris Lessing has been awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature.
11 Oct 2007 11:49 am EST
[SFGate.com]
Fifty years ago today, a San Francisco Municipal Court judge ruled that Allen Ginsberg's Beat-era poem "Howl" was not obscene. Yet today, a New York public broadcasting station decided not to air the poem, fearing that the Federal Communications Commission will find it indecent and crush the network with crippling fines.
4 Oct 2007 7:33 am EST
[WashingtonPost.com]
Sam Harris: I think that “atheist” is a term that we do not need, in the same way that we don’t need a word for someone who rejects astrology. We simply do not call people “non-astrologers.” All we need are words like "reason" and "evidence" and "common sense" and "bullshit" to put astrologers in their place, and so it could be with religion.
2 Oct 2007 9:59 pm EST
[The Chronicle Review]
Do "sacred" texts deserve special respect? In many respects, the Bible was the world's first Wikipedia article.
1 Oct 2007 12:11 pm EST