James McWilliams at The Millions: Early in her novel Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor describes protagonist Hazel Motes, leader of the Church without Christ, by the silhouette he casts on the sidewalk. “Haze’s shadow,” she writes, “was now behind ...

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On Flannery O’Connor and T.S. Eliot

 

FotorCreated-3James McWilliams at The Millions:

Early in her novel Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor describes protagonist Hazel Motes, leader of the Church without Christ, by the silhouette he casts on the sidewalk. “Haze’s shadow,” she writes, “was now behind him and now before him.” It’s a...

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The New Cult of Consensus

 

ImgresJames Oakes at nonsite:

The revival of interest in the conflicts and the violence that mark American history proved enormously fruitful. In 1969, in a beautiful book that was his final reckoning with The Progressive Historians, Hofstadter himself acknowledged the limitations of the consensus...

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How we made the hated typeface Comic Sans

 

Interviews by Ben Beaumont-Thomas in The Guardian:

2560Vincent Connare, typographer

I was working for Microsoft’s typography team, which had a lot of dealings with people from applications like Publisher, Creative Writer and Encarta. They wanted all kinds of fonts – a lot of them...

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A Long-Sought Mathematical Proof, Found and Almost Lost

Natalie Wolchover in Quanta:

ScreenHunter_2652 Mar. 29 19.49As he was brushing his teeth on the morning of July 17, 2014, Thomas Royen, a little-known retired German statistician, suddenly lit upon the proof of a famous conjecture at the intersection of geometry, probability theory and statistics that had eluded top experts...

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Does poverty damage children's brains? An interview with Amy Wax

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