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Margaret Atwood, Duchess of Wit
Kermode on Golding: "Matty, as Golding himself said, was the character who binds together so many of his concerns: sanctity, the uncanny, the numinous."
'Her fascination with mysticism, math, and Spinoza' -- podcast of an interview with Clarice Lispector's biographer
A look back at Ford's Good Soldier in The Hindu: "The Good Soldier is a novel about brittle social graces that mask savage hatreds"
Someone's starting a group discussion of Gaddis' Recognitions. "The plan ... is to read between 75-100 pages per week. Each week there will be one post or open thread...."
A reminiscence of Claude Levi-Strauss
Review of The Angel of History: Rosenzweig, Benjamin, Scholem
Aussie radio posts a tribute to (and an old interview with) Sir Isaiah Berlin
Forthcoming Thomas Bernhard books
Mr. Waggish and Kleist on speech and thought
A timely study of timeless myths (Plato's myths)
Pics of Bela Lugosi as Jesus
More police blogs (and another that was shut down), and paramedic blogs, and a magistrate's blog, and a bit from The Times (UK) on career bloggers
British career bloggers seem more bitter, esp. about intrusive, nannyish bureaucracy ('creeping managerialism' is the vice du jour), and you hear a similarly resentful tone even in the musings of British philosophers
Retrospectives of the past 40-100 years in brain studies, in physics, and in psychology
Appearance (curve-ball illusion) and reality (e.g., a ribosome's relative tiny-ness)
The Wellcome Library posts 1917 footage of British shell-shock victims. (Also available on YouTube.)