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Ode to the Cat
David Kaye in the Los Angeles Review of Books:
In his introduction to Nations and Nationalism Since 1780 (1990), Eric Hobsbawm argued that nations are “dual phenomena, constructed essentially from above, but which cannot be understood unless also analysed from below.” We need to pay...
Ed Yong in The Atlantic:
When Mary Caswell Stoddard started measuring bird eggs from hundreds of species, she wasn’t expecting to learn that most eggs are not egg-shaped.
Think about an egg and you’ll probably conjure up an ellipse that’s slightly fatter at one end—the classic...
Natalie Wolchover in Quanta Magazine: