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"I Hunt For Objects Made By Men": An Archaeologist's Day in the Field

A recapitulation. In which is reported an archaeologist’s daily field routine at the excavation. 1,582 more words

Archaeology

Thank You #MarRef

I am so, so proud today. Thank you to everyone who canvassed, leafleted, debated, argued, worried, cried, laughed, begged and loved.

We fought for the best cause of all: Love. 225 more words

#MarRef

September 12, 1918: The Day My Family Changed Forever

“On August 3, 1918, Major Harvey was transferred to the 103rd Field Artillery, and assigned to the second battery. With this battery he went into position September llth, participating in St. 438 more words

Memorial Day

Learning to Feed My Hunger

I will never let another pair of pants tell me I’m fat again.

This from the mouth of my friend Rachael, as she speared another piece of perfectly roasted cauliflower off of the plate in front of us.

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Body Image

Remembering Memorial Day

I have to admit that I bristle every time I hear someone say “Happy Memorial Day” or see an ad for Memorial Day car or furniture sales covered in American flags.   599 more words

Memorial Day

Each Self

Andrea Potos’s poem, “Each Self” won the James Hearst Poetry Prize in 2004. Her poem is featured in issue 289.2, Spring 2004.

Notes from the author: As my daughter is now on the verge of leaving for college far away from home, I reflect again on what she inspired in me when I wrote this poem years ago:  all the invisible, infinitesimal, yet totally inescapable changes that propel us forward, willingly or not,  into new lives. 204 more words

Poetry

A Novelist and a Photographer Walk into A Theater

Over the three years I’ve been writing The Literate Lens, few events have screamed “blog post!” as loudly at me as the one I attended last night at Symphony Space, in which… 2,133 more words

Sally Mann

Intricate Worlds

The sun is already well above the horizon, but I go on down anyway.
It’s a tiny paradise of riotous sound down here, a cacophony of birds – funny to think we associate being in nature with quiet, when it can be so very noisy. 758 more words

Nature

"Traditional" Irish Marriage(s) in Early Medieval Ireland

Contrary to the impression often given by modern religious zealots who advocate a return to ‘traditional Irish values’ in matters of sexual and moral behavior, early Irish society was unequivocal in it’s recognition of, and support for, multiple marriage and divorce.
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History

Toward a Saner View of Text Complexity

As happened a few years ago, when eighth grade students took to Facebook to share reactions to a nonsensical passage about a talking pineapple from the New York State ELA test, this year’s Common Core-aligned test made it into the news again for another Facebook incident. 1,196 more words

Teaching

Dear Academia: Opposing Views Are Not “Discursive Violence”

One of modern liberalism’s biggest problems is that we have taken after the Bush Administration in allowing euphemisms to redefine concepts that are already well-defined.  Why, the U.S. 1,370 more words

Academia

60 Years Ago, the Third Avenue El Closed


Arnold Eagle (1909-1992), Third Avenue El; Chatham Square Station, New York, ca. 1940, (461.1987)


Arnold Eagle, Third Avenue El; 34th Street Station, New York… 344 more words

History

All Go Anywhere

In December 1973, at the beginning of my second winter teaching skiing, my father gave me a slim picture book from 1936 that he’d rediscovered in his parents’ garage. 791 more words

Adventure

A Yes Vote is a Vote for Love #MarRef

This Friday you have the opportunity to extend to LGBT couples the constitutional rights and guarantees enjoyed by civilly-married heterosexual couples. That’s all. Despite all the scaremongering, this referendum isn’t about fear. 526 more words

#MarRef

Between Generals: A Newly Translated Short Story by Antonio Tabucchi

Antonio Tabucchi | from the collection Time Ages in a Hurry | Archipelago Books | May 2015 | 13 minutes (3,194 words)

Our latest Longreads Exclusive is a newly translated short story from  3,300 more words

Fiction

Keith Olbermann: A Letterman Appreciation

My perspective on David Letterman is a little different, I think, than most of his other frequent-but-really-not-that-big-a-deal guests. For one thing, while I can still be freshly awestruck by his intelligence and his creative genius, I like his humanity even more. 1,725 more words

David Letterman

Dream As if You'll Live Forever, Live As if You'll Die Today

We’re responsive creatures, always yearning for some kind of carnal or spiritual fulfillment. So many of our conversations are dedicated to that one question: What makes us feel alive? 486 more words

Musing

I Had a Culture Column at WIRED. And Then I Didn’t.

Photo: an illustration by Eric Battle and John Jennings from Nnedi Okorafor’s The Book of the Phoenix. 

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A month ago, with the Hugo fracas in full swing, an editor at  1,181 more words

Journalism

An Illustrated Map of Arizona

It is said that Sedona has four vortexes of spiritual energy. They interact with a person’s inner self and can facilitate dramatic transformation. I visited Sedona twice. 685 more words

Place

The Myth of Comprehensive Data

“What about using Twitter sentiment?”

That suggestion came to me from someone at a recent Data Science DC meetup, after I’d given a short talk on assessing risks of mass atrocities for the… 1,130 more words

Data

Essay: Pace by Kinzy Janssen

My parents’ next-door neighbors keep binoculars on their window sill, next to a Birds of North America identification booklet. In the center of their lawn, an orange extension cord pumps electricity to a birdbath like a vein to a giant heart. 1,502 more words

Essay

While You Were Worrying About Trains, Your Car Was Trying to Kill You

I am buying a ticket for the death train. It’s OK, I tell myself. Sure, not long ago a train on this particular Amtrak route derailed and killed a bunch of people. 702 more words

Transportation

Growing Up Millennial

As a person born in the 90s, I am classified as a millennial, which means I am everything that is wrong with the world today. I stare at a screen instead of talking to people. 1,212 more words

Generations

Shooting Great Pictures Has Never Been So Difficult

I saw this advertisement in the window of a shop on Tottenham Court Road, and took a photograph of it.

Annoyed by the blandness of this as a statement – … 1,164 more words

Photography

A Last Word on Mad Men

I began to get worried at about 10:58.

Realizing there wasn’t much time left in the series, I wondered how Matthew Weiner would be able to conclude  1,676 more words

Television

When You Lose Weight, Where Does it Go?

Recently, I was sitting and thinking about all of the diet and exercise suggestions that constantly bombard us from all sides. While trying to determine which techniques would likely yield the largest benefits, I decided to start from the beginning and attempted to answer a seemingly simple question: When we lose weight, where does the weight go? 1,047 more words

Weight Loss

The French Approach to “Anti-Racism” — Pretty Words and Magical Thinking

I first came to France twelve years ago during my junior year abroad. I was the first person in my family to get a passport and I could barely contain my excitement. 2,718 more words

France