The ‘Two Cultures’ Fallacy - The Chronicle of Higher Education
How the "two cultures" division is maintained, artificially, by academics on both sides who have a stake in the distinction (or believe they do). The distinction does a disservice to everybody, in particular because research and knowledge creation in the future will increasingly be transdisciplinary.
academia  two_cultures  humanities  science  interdisciplinarity 
11 days ago
The crop that put women on top in Zanzibar - BBC News
Seaweed farming has allowed financial independence for some women in Zanzibar, but the trade is threatened by climate change and rising water temperatures.
women  economics  gender  islam  agriculture  africa 
12 days ago
In Denmark, Harsh New Laws for Immigrant ‘Ghettos’ - The New York Times
On new laws in Denmark mandating special rules, restrictions, and punishments for residents of neighborhoods classified as "ghettos," mainly aimed at recent immigrants, particularly Muslims.
denmark  muslims  immigration  islam  refugees  europe  racism 
13 days ago
The known unknowns of plastic pollution - The environment
Describes some reasons that plastic pollution may be less of an issue that other environmental problems, like air and (more general) water pollution. Reasons include the fact that the actual effects of plastic and additives on living things are unknown, and that the costs of dealing with plastic are high.
plastic  environment  recycling 
14 days ago
Take a Photo Here - The New York Times
Teju Cole on the affordances for photographers of public spaces.
photogprahy  space  planning 
17 days ago
Too smart, too successful: Mongolia’s superwomen struggle to find husbands | World news | The Guardian
Mongolia now has a "reverse gender gap," with many more educated women than men, especially in the capital city.
women  gender  economics  labor  education 
22 days ago
Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse - The New York Times
How abusers may use their control of smart home devices to annoy, frighten, or manipulate their victims.
technology  gender  domestic_violence 
22 days ago
Urban Intelligence – Spring 2018 | Shannon Mattern + Jonas Voigt
Shannon Mattern's syllabus for the course Urban Intelligence, at MIT. If nothing else, really makes me want to up my syllabus game.
architecture  design  cities  urban  technology  internet_of_things  syllabus 
28 days ago
Understanding 'Border Vacuums' - CityLab
Explanation, with many examples, of the idea of a border vacuum in cities. Uses the embarcadero freeway as a case study.
cities  urban  urban_planning  power_in_city 
28 days ago
Environmental collapse makes for terrifying nightmares, and compelling art | The Outline
A review of new books by Richard Powers and William T. Vollman, as well as Paul Schraeder's film "First Reformed," thinking about how art can confront the anthropocene.
anthropocene  environment  climate  art  review 
28 days ago
‘This Ruling Gives Us Hope’: Supreme Court Sides With Tribe in Salmon Case - The New York Times
On the 2018 Washington v. United States decision, which held the state of Washington liable for repairing numbers culverts that had disrupted salmon runs and reduced the supply of Salmon available to the Swinomish tribe, whose right to the fish is guaranteed by treaty. The Supreme Court decision was actually 4-4, with Kennedy recusing himself, so it really just let a lower court decision stand. This could, therefore, still end up being re-heard with a different, broader ruling.
native_americans  indians  indigenous  treaties  environment  law  LSP_200 
28 days ago
In Pilsen, Churches Are More Than Sunday Mass — And Their Closures Are ‘Devastating’ – Block Club Chicago
On the closing of churches and consolidation of parishes in Pilsen, with a focus on the larger impact on the community. Emphasizes the role of churches and centers for community activities and organizing, which are lost when services end.
pilsen  gentrification  urban  cities  inequality  power_in_city 
28 days ago
As California’s largest lake dries up, it threatens nearby communities with clouds of toxic dust - The Verge
On the drying of the Salton Sea, and the problems with toxic dust that result. An ironic aspect of this story is that the Sea was artificial to begin with, created by an accident, but once it was there whole ecologies and economies developed around it. It's an example of the fact that, once you've made big change, trying to go back to "the way things were" isn't a restoration or a return to "balance," it's just another big change.
water  environment  anthropocene  salton_sea 
28 days ago
Gentrification Explained | Urban Displacement Project
A good, brief video explaining gentrification, including some of the background policies like redlining.
gentrification  housing  urban  development  race  economics  cities  inequality 
29 days ago
Watermarks | Lapham’s Quarterly
Lovely and wandering essay on water, its uses and its metaphors.
water  nature  environment 
29 days ago
Willful Waters
On the transformation of the LA River from the creator of a fertile but flood-prone agricultural community to a trapezoidal concrete ditch, and some efforts to, sort of, change it back again.
water  cities  urban  environment  planning  power_in_city 
4 weeks ago
Asch Experiment | Simply Psychology
Summary of the experiment that suggested that many people will give clearly, objectively wrong answers rather than go against a group consensus. Involved comparing the lengths of lines on two cards, and saying which two matched.
psychology  conformity  behavior 
4 weeks ago
The Lifespan of a Lie – Trust Issues – Medium
On the Stanford Prison Experiment, which continues to be referenced and taught as an example of the effect of situational pressures on individual behavior, despite deep and well-known flaws and even outright lies told by Zimbardo about how the experiment progressed.
history  psychology  prisons  behavior 
4 weeks ago
There’s an Epidemic of Discrimination Against Pregnant Women at Work - The New York Times
Several cases, representing a range of different experiences, of women facing pregnancy discrimination on the job.
gender  sex  women  women_and_politics  pregnancy  labor  work  inequality  PSC_217 
4 weeks ago
David Douglas Duncan, 102, Who Photographed the Reality of War, Dies - The New York Times
Obituary for Duncan, who is best known for war photography and a series of books on Picasso.
photography  photographers  war  obituary  david_douglas_duncan 
5 weeks ago
A Black Artist Named White
Kerry James Marshall's introductory essay about Charles White, from the new retrospective of White's work at the Art Institute, opening June 2018.
art  artists  painters  museum_exhibitions  charles_white  kerry_james_marshall 
6 weeks ago
Opinion | The Housewives of White Supremacy - The New York Times
On the rise of "tradwives," women on YouTube and blogs, aligned with the alt-right, who advocate for "traditional" marriage, motherhood, and marriage, often with a substantial dose of racism.
women  gender  race  alt_right  women_and_politics 
6 weeks ago
The Mass Murder We Don’t Talk About | by Helen Epstein | The New York Review of Books
Review of a new book about the role of the RPF in the Rwandan genocide; argues that they are at least as responsible as the Hutu leadership, and possibly deliberately provoked violence.
rwanda  africa  genocide  conflict  war  politics 
7 weeks ago
Pictures of Post Soviet Architecture
Photos by Frank Herfort of some of the strange, sometimes beautiful, sometimes simply extravagant, buildings constructed after the fall of the Soviet Union, especially in newly-independent places like Kazakhstan and Georgia.
architecture  photogprahy  soviet_union  cold_war  postcommunism 
7 weeks ago
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch was the myth we needed to save our oceans.
On the misconception of the problem of plastic in the ocean, which is mostly made up of tiny microparticles that form as larger bits break down.
plastic  environment  water  science 
7 weeks ago
We Depend on Plastic. Now We’re Drowning in It.
On the impact of plastic waste on the oceans, in particular.
environment  plastic 
7 weeks ago
Plight of Phoenix: how long can the world’s 'least sustainable' city survive? | Cities | The Guardian
Phoenix just keeps getting bigger, and demanding more and more water, with no apparent plans for conservation or controlling sprawl. Hard to see how this ends well.
cities  urban  urban_planning  phoenix  arizona  desert  water  environment  colorado_river  west 
7 weeks ago
Climate change a factor in Central American migration
Climate change makes El Nino years more common, which also makes droughts more common, and longer. In the "Dry Corridor" area of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador, this is contributing to food insecurity, and prompting more and more people to try migrating.
immigration  food  climate  environment 
7 weeks ago
Working with the Whitney’s Replication Committee | The New Yorker
Ben Lerner on the new challenges presented to museum conservators by works of art made with technologies like 3D printing, and more generally the difficulty of drawing a line between repair or restoration and re-creation.
science  art  preservation  museums  technology 
7 weeks ago
No, Your Furniture Shouldn’t Drip or Burst - The New York Times
Another piece on plastic preservation, with much better photos.
science  art  plastic  preservation  museums 
7 weeks ago
Preserving Plastic Art | Science & Technology | Chemical & Engineering News
A somewhat more technical piece on plastic preservation, with some info on the particular types of plastics most artworks are made of, and why they present particular problems.
art  science  preservation  museums  plastic 
7 weeks ago
What Does It Mean to Look at This? - The New York Times
On looking at photographs of war and atrocity, and the tension between potential to indulge in voyeurism and the responsibility to bear witness.
photogprahy  war  conflict  art  teju_cole 
7 weeks ago
St. George, Utah, Is Booming, and Guzzling Water - CityLab
St. George is the country's fastest-growing metro area (as of 2018), and one of the largest users of water, with the average resident consuming twice as much as the average resident in LA. Plans to build a pipeline from Lake Powell would increase supplies, but cause other problems.
cities  urban  water  environment  west  power_in_city 
7 weeks ago
Here be Witchcraft - LASSCO - England's Prime Resource for Architectural Antiques, Salvage and Curiosities
Blog post from an architectural salvage company about apotropaic marks— symbols intended to ward off evil, carved, painted, or burned into the beams or walls of homes built in the 16th and 17th centuries.
magic  religion  architecture  buildings  history 
7 weeks ago
Pipe dreams: can 'nano apartments' solve Hong Kong's housing crisis? | Cities | The Guardian
On attempts to find creative solutions in the most expensive, and one of the most crowded, places in the world to live.
housing  cities  urban  power_in_city 
7 weeks ago
The Man Who Led the Harlem Renaissance—and His Hidden Hungers | The New Yorker
Review of a biography of Alain Locke, who promoted and helped publish many of the writers and artists of the Harlem Renaissance, but whose relationship to them and the debates of the day was strained and full of tensions.
harlem_renaissance  alain_locke  writers  writing  race  history  literature  book_review  biography 
8 weeks ago
The 100 million city: is 21st century urbanisation out of control? | Cities | The Guardian
Some of the world's poorest cities are projected to see the most rapid growth over the 21st century. For many, it is unclear how such growth can be accommodated.
cities  urban  urban_planning  africa  asia  latin_america  development  economics  population  power_in_city 
8 weeks ago
The 10-Year Baby Window That Is the Key to the Women’s Pay Gap - The New York Times
Having children between the ages of 25 and 35 tends to have the biggest impact on women's earnings.
women  women_and_politics  gender  work  labor  jobs 
8 weeks ago
Job Listings That Are Too ‘Feminine’ for Men - The New York Times
Job listings using language coded as feminine are less likely to attract male applicants, which may be one reason why men are moving into female-dominated fields much less than the reverse.
women  women_and_politics  gender  work  labor  jobs 
8 weeks ago
The Gender Pay Gap: Trying to Narrow It - The New York Times
On the various sways that British companies— now required to publicize the differences between men's and women's pay— are seeking to reduce the gender pay gap. It mostly stems from women's underrepresentation in the highest-paid jobs, including executive and technical positions.
women_and_politics  women  gender  work  labor  economics 
9 weeks ago
A Surge of Women Candidates, but Crowded Primaries and Tough Races Await - The New York Times
Looks at the ways in which 2018 is not like 1992, and why the surge of women running may not translate into many more women in office.
women  women_and_politics  gender  politics  teaching 
9 weeks ago
Are You in a BS Job? In Academe, You’re Hardly Alone - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Argues that many job sectors, and academia in particular, are suffering from accelerating "bullshitization": the proliferation of meaningless and unnecessary jobs, whose occupants justify their role through increased administrative oversight, record-keeping, and "strategic" tasks.
academia  higher_ed  education  administration  bureaucracy  work  labor 
9 weeks ago
State of Conflict - The Chronicle of Higher Education
On an incident, and its aftermath, at the University of Nebraska. A graduate student protested the activities of an undergraduate who was out promoting Turning Point; the former's actions were aggressive and, arguably, intimidating. The incident drew the attention of conservative groups and state legislators, who framed it as evidence that the University had become intolerant of conservative students and their opinions, and sought to force the University to commit to greater protection for free speech (under threats of cuts to funding).
college  academia  free_speech  social_justice  culture  politics 
10 weeks ago
The Man Who Elevated Landscape to Art - Metropolis
On Brazillian landscape architect and artist Roberto Brule Marx, who designed the Copa Cabana beach in Rio, among other things. Known in particular for large ground murals.
landscape  art  architecture  brazil  modernism 
12 weeks ago
How Arrow-Wielding Men Mapped Britain in the 1940s - Atlas Obscura
On a recently-discovered archive of photos of people marking "revision points" for the British ordnance map, using large wooden arrows to point to the specific landmarks. Weird and interesting.
maps  history  photogprahy  surveying  cartography  infrastructure 
12 weeks ago
How the Kidnapping and Murder of Ashlynn Mike Changed Our Country's Amber Alert Protocols
On the kidnapping and murder of 11-year-old Ashlynn Mike in Shiprock New Mexico. Focuses on how questions of jurisdiction and coordination between agencies delayed the issuing of an amber alert, possibly making it less likely that she would be found.
crime  native_americans  reservations  jurisdiction  law  politics  children  LSP_200 
12 weeks ago
Kay Boyle Knew Everyone and Saw It All | Humanities
Capsule biography and critical appraisal of the writer Kay Boyle, who was part of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s and 30s (though she rejected this label). Well-known and regarded by both ears and critics, she has mostly fallen off the map now.
writers  writing  literature  history  women  kay_boyle 
12 weeks ago
Stray Dog | by Ian Buruma | The New York Review of Books
Review essay on Japanese photographer Moriyama Daido, who among other things was in the "Provoke" exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago.
photographers  photogprahy  art  Japan  Moriyama 
april 2018
The Most Diverse Cities Are Often The Most Segregated | FiveThirtyEight
Nate Silver explains different measures of diversity, distinguishing the city and neighborhood levels.
cities  segregation  race  urban  housing 
march 2018
Invisible Algorithms, Invisible Politics | Public Books
Invisible Algorithms, Invisible Politics | Public Books via Instapaper
IFTTT  Instapaper 
march 2018
The Jumpsuit That Will Replace All Clothes Forever
On the Rational Dress Society, a combination art project/business venture advocating the replacement of all our clothing with a single "monogarment," obviating both the worry about getting dressed in the morning and the ability of fashion choices to convey things like class, position, etc. Hopes to draw attention to the ways in which "choice" is conflated with "freedom." Not exactly realistic.
fashion  clothing  economics  choice  democracy  utopia 
march 2018
What Is the Perfect Color Worth? - The New York Times
Really at least as much about Pantone and the development of color standards as it is about forecasting. Not sure I buy the claim about the importance of the iMac.
color  science  psychology  business  design 
march 2018
On the Blackness of the Panther – Member Feature Stories – Medium
On the Blackness of the Panther – Member Feature Stories – Medium via Instapaper
IFTTT  Instapaper 
march 2018
Las Vegas Isn’t Clearing its Homeless Encampment — It’s Making it Permanent – Next City
On a plan in Las Vegas to create a "Corridor of Hope," where camping sites would be made more stable and services, including mental health services, would be provided.
homelessness  inequality  poverty  cities 
march 2018
“Black Panther” and the Invention of “Africa” | The New Yorker
Jelani Cobb on Black Panther and the idea of a united Africa that connects all black people. He's not at all critical of this idea, which I found surprising.
movies  film  black_panther  race  history  africa 
march 2018
A Beginner’s Guide To... Field Recording
Lawrence English discusses the history and philosophy of field recording.
sound  music  recording  technology 
march 2018
City Noise Might Be Making You Sick - The Atlantic
On the problem of noise pollution, and the ways in which the fight against it has often targeted individuals (usually the least powerful and most vulnerable), rather than the cars and industrial sources responsible for most urban noise pollution.
sound  noise  cities  urban  urban_planning  power_in_city 
march 2018
In Picasso’s Blue Period, Scanners Find Secrets He Painted Over - The New York Times
On some of the new techniques used to scan art works to discover composition, other paintings below the surface, etc.
art  art_history  conservation  science 
february 2018
After a Late Start, an Artist’s Big Break: Michelle Obama’s Official Portrait - The New York Times
Interview/profile of Amy Sherald, the artist chosen to do the official portrait of Michelle Obama.
art  artists  race  obama 
february 2018
Kehinde Wiley on Painting the Powerless. And a President. - The New York Times
Profile/interview with Wiley, dealing in part with his painting of the official Obama portrait and partly with his career as a whole.
art  artists  race  interview 
february 2018
CABINET // Language at the End of the World
On rongorongo, the undeciphered writing system of Easter Island. Apparently developed in response to seeing European writing, the time between its development and its loss was remarkably short.
history  language  writing  easter_island 
february 2018
Katie Gately: Sampling Her World | Ableton
Really interesting video about the producer Katie Gately and her use of field recordings, as well as ideas about music and sound in general.
music  field_recording  art  production  ableton 
february 2018
STORM OF MONEY: Insider tells how some insurance companies rig the system | Special Reports |
Oldish story about the computer system Colossus, which insurance companies use to evaluate claims, and which critics say is just a tool to reduce payments and maximize profits at the expense of clients. Good stuff about the "back box" problem with AI, although Colossus is not an AI system, exactly.
insurance  risk  artificial_intelligence  technology  fairness  business 
february 2018
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