Zara Houshmand writes, in the introduction of the book, at her own website: These rubaiyat, or quatrains, were composed by Jalal al-Din Mohammad Balkhi, known as Rumi, a thirteenth century Muslim theologian and Sufi mystic, and one of the greatest poets ...

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The Rubaiyat of Rumi translated by Zara Houshmand

Zara Houshmand writes, in the introduction of the book, at her own website:

“No ancient poet has a more modern sensibility than Molana Jalaluddin Rumi, but capturing this sensibility in modern English has proved to be a formidable challenge. The striking translations that have made Rumi the...

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To Deceive a Trout: Towards an Expansion of the Category of the Aesthetic

Justin E. H. Smith in his own blog:


Vladimir Nabokov was not only being contrarian when he came out against the theory of evolution. He really meant it. “Natural selection in the Darwinian sense,” he wrote, “could not explain the miraculous coincidence of imitative aspect and...

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Microplastics: Seeking the ‘plastic score’ of the food on our plates

Helen Briggs in BBC:


Daniella Hodgson is digging a hole in the sand on a windswept beach as seabirds wheel overhead. “Found one,” she cries, flinging down her spade. She opens her hand to reveal a wriggling lugworm. Plucked from its underground burrow, this humble creature is not...

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Congratulations, Nobel Committee, You Just Gave the Literature Prize to a Genocide Apologist

Peter Maass in The Intercept:

I honestly don’t know where to begin with this whole thing. But let me start by making clear what I am not saying. I am not saying that we should not read Handke’s literary work. My objection is not a version of the age-old question of whether we...

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Harvard Tenure Announcement

James Mickens at Harvard’s website:

I’ve received tenure at Harvard! I want to thank all of the enemies that I had to destroy to achieve this great honor. Roger Davis at Princeton’s department of nutrition—you questioned my research on the efficacy of an all-Pop-Tart diet, but I am...

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