Here is how his new column at the New York Times begins:
Today, I’ll talk about the Paris attacks, but before I do I want to share two news stories here, in case you missed them: The first calf to come from a cloned camel was born at a research center in Dubai and a local taxi start-up is taking on Uber in the Arab world.
You may think that these emirates start-ups — cloning camels and cabs — have nothing to do with Paris, but they do. Bear with me.
An interesting piece at the Atlantic about how a new climate of “vindictive protectiveness” and correctness is changing the American university:
The dangers that these trends pose to scholarship and to the quality of American universities are significant; we could write a whole essay detailing them. But in this essay we focus on a different question: What are the effects of this new protectiveness on the students themselves? Does it benefit the people it is supposed to help? What exactly are students learning when they spend four years or more in a community that polices unintentional slights, places warning labels on works of classic literature, and in many other ways conveys the sense that words can be forms of violence that require strict control by campus authorities, who are expected to act as both protectors and prosecutors?
Terry Eagleton is out with a cranky fantasy this morning in the Guardian. Among his alterations to society:
Citizens will be legally obliged to beat up anyone who blunders into them in the street while texting.
Thomas Franks’ précis on the ills of higher education is worth a look.
The baseball beard that took Boston by storm this season has a strange and unexpected history.
Its origins may be traced back to an apocalyptic cult from the early 20th century.
For those of you who follow baseball, Red Sox closer Koji Uehara has had an unbelievably — almost impossibly — good season.
Andrew Seal has an excellent introduction to Franco Moretti’s scholarship in The Quarterly Conversation.
I’m taking the show to Dartmouth.