It’s much smaller list this year, probably because of all the madness: Covid, homeschooling, a book manuscript, grant applications, illness. For all these reasons I did a lot less of my usual idle and aimless reading. The stand-out article is Married (Happily) With Issues (even though it was published yonks ago), and I loved the poem Good Bones by Maggie Smith.
- The glut of prizes is undermining the true value of research and teaching
- Hindsight’s hoard: What academics most wish they had known earlier
- On Quitting Academia
- Jan Blommaert: Looking back: What was important?
- Keep doing what you love – Essay – Twentieth-century history & later – TLS
- COVID 19: The Apocalypse and African Dimensions of Victory, by… | CenSAMM
- ABC Religion & Ethics: The relevance of Aboriginal political concepts: Autonomous selfhood
- Gender Is What You Make of It – Issue 88: Love & Sex – Nautilus
- Racialization, language science, and nineteenth century anthropometrics
Ethics & the examined life
- What if Instead of Calling People Out, We Called Them In?
- America and Its Discontents | Gary Greenberg
- Married (Happily) With Issues
- Is Social Media Good For Anything At All?
- Kanye West Is Publicly Struggling. We Need To Give Him Grace.
- That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief
- It is absolutely fine to rip your books in half
- To the Enemies Surrounding Our Castle, Please Understand That I Often Privately Disagreed With Macbeth’s Policies
- The Laughter Of These Masked Revelers Begins To Grow Grotesque
- How Australia’s ‘fake genuine Russian choir’ Dustyesky went viral during the coronavirus pandemic
- Now Is the Time to Cherish the Little Things, by Jeff Bezos
- All I need in life is this Facebook group where everyone pretends to be ants
- If Your University’s Administration Ran a Polar Expedition
- The Distinguished Medieval Penis Investigators
- What rude jibes about Caesar tell us about sex in ancient Rome | Psyche Ideas
- Sixty-two of the Best Documentaries of All Time
- Opinion | How Western media would cover Minneapolis if it happened in another country
- What if modern conspiracy theorists are altogether too media literate?
Kids & parents
- Why language remains the most flexible brain-to-brain interface – Mark Dingemanse | Aeon Essays
- Utopian for Beginners
- America’s Next Authoritarian Will Be Much More Competent
- How President Trump Ruined Political Comedy
- How the Pandemic Defeated America
- Private gain must no longer be allowed to elbow out the public good
- Terror, hope, anger, kindness: the complexity of life as we face the new normal
- Opinion | The Human Experience Will Not Be Quantified
- A hypothesis is a liability
- The World’s Most Annoying Man | Current Affairs
- How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math – Women in Science & Engineering on Nautilus
Writers & their writing
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