35 and Single: An Argentine Woman Documents One Big Question

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35 and Single: An Argentine Woman Documents One Big Question

No Comments 11 December 2013

Paula Schargorodsky make this interesting 7-minute film about what it means to be a woman and 35 and still married. It will be very interesting to see her make another film like this in 30 years.

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Adam Gopnik on JFK

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Adam Gopnik on JFK

No Comments 21 November 2013

On the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination Adam Gopnik writes an amazingly insightful review of the event that endless conspiracy literature that it has spawned. You will understand better why the event has been such a fertile ground of conspiracy stories and why the American public never saw the presidency in the same way when details about strange connections between Kennedy and shady parts of American life came out.

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Building Meaning in a Secular Society

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Building Meaning in a Secular Society

No Comments 10 July 2013

David Brooks attempts an interesting summary of Charles Taylor’s book “The Secular Society.” I have long felt that meaning does not require the existence of a God.

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Making Every Day Special

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Making Every Day Special

No Comments 6 December 2012

The novelist SILAS HOUSE tells us how he goes about his craft. In the process he reminds us how to make every day special.

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Election Day Poker

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Election Day Poker

No Comments 6 November 2012

Nate Silver of the NY Times put Romney’s odds of winning the electoral count at 8%. He writes: “As any poker player knows, those 8 percent chances do come up once in a while. If it happens this year, then a lot of polling firms will have to re-examine their assumptions — and we will have to re-examine ours about how trustworthy the polls are. But the odds are that Mr. Obama will win another term.”

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Three Days before the Election

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Three Days before the Election

No Comments 3 November 2012

Nate Silver of the NY Times summarizes the odds for each presidential candidate three days before the election

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Sarah Silverman on Voter Suppression

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Sarah Silverman on Voter Suppression

No Comments 2 October 2012

It’s been four years since Sarah Silverman made a video for The Great Schlep, encouraging people to go to Florida and convince their grandparents to vote for Obama (“Vote for Obama, gonna visit Grandmama; vote for McCain, to me you’re a shit stain.”) She’s back, with “Get Nana a Gun,” a spot-on video about voter suppression.

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