Sanity

Was sanity restored today? Not sure. But god dammit, thank you Jon for trying.

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What Hasn’t Happened Says More Than What Has

Marc Lynch's initial comments after a month-long hiatus from blogging: " And a lot sure has happened while I've been gone -- Israel and the Palestinians resolved the impasse over a settlement freeze and resumed talks, and… oh wait, that didn't happen. Well, Iraq now has a government… what? Oh, um, well at least we've made … Continue reading What Hasn’t Happened Says More Than What Has

Juan Williams, Jon Stewart, and Our Unconscious Minds

Shankar Vedantam has this interesting article about the associations we make between individual action and consequent judgement about large groups (i.e. Juan William's comments). After reading the first page, the article bothered me: it seemed too complacent, too willing to just accept that these connections are just "how we operate," but the conclusion of the … Continue reading Juan Williams, Jon Stewart, and Our Unconscious Minds

From the Bottom Up

"University of Michigan students walked out of a speech by an IDF soldier in a potent silent protest Wednesday. No news coverage: how many more unheralded actions unfold daily?" -Abby Zimet When I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Saree Makdisi a few weeks ago, we discussed the need for grassroots efforts to actually bring … Continue reading From the Bottom Up

“Arbitrary Moments of Nearly Painful Happiness”

"There are random moments —tossing a salad, coming up the driveway to the house, ironing the seams flat on a quilt square, standing at the kitchen window and looking out at the delphiniums, hearing a burst of laughter from one of my children’s rooms— when I feel a wavelike rush of joy. This is my … Continue reading “Arbitrary Moments of Nearly Painful Happiness”