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        In 2009 I became aware of a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the effectiveness of multitasking by Professor Clifford Nass, Department of Communication at Stanford. Nass was one of the first academics to study and warn of the dangers of multitasking and decline of social […]

  Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me is now in its third printing. To celebrate its success, the publisher (TomDispatch.com) recently reprinted the 2008 essay from the book:  The Archipelago of Arrogance. In the essay Solnit, the author of many books, describes being asked by an imposing, wealthy man at a party what her […]

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There are times when old age produces not eternal youth but a sovereign freedom, a pure necessity in which one enjoys a moment of grace between life and death, and in which all the parts of the machine come together to send into the future a feature that cuts across all ages: Titian, Turner, Monet. […]

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Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro produced a documentary film, Body of War,  released in 2007, about the life of paralyzed US Army Iraqi- War veteran Tomas Young. The film cuts back and forth between painful scenes of the recovery process for Young and the debate and vote in the Senate, in October 2002, over the […]

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This post is a variation on Zeteo is Reading. Here, Zeteo is Looking. On the first Saturday of each month, the Brooklyn Museum is free from 5 to 11pm. Viva Brooklyn! was the theme for October’s First Saturday with thirteen free events throughout the museum from panel discussions, gallery talks, to hands-on art making for […]

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Without question, I considered Robert M. Morgenthau (District Attorney for New York, borough of Manhattan, from 1975 to 2009) the great political figure of New York City at the end of the twentieth century for his fearless battle against white-collar crime. He was a hero above the mundane vicissitudes of ordinary life. I was surprised […]

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With Drew Whitcup on vacation, Zeteo Associate Gayle Rodda Kurtz is reading Montaigne— When did the celebrated notion of our individualism slip into a form of isolation? We are familiar with the sight of those around us in public spaces hunched over their electronic devices and addicted to mindless electronic games and time-wasting media activities. […]

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With Cat Gironda on vacation, Zeteo Associate Gayle Rodda Kurtz is reading — Two essays in the August 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine that cover developments, which are not prominently reported in the mainstream media, of the changed economic and social landscape. Independent writer Rebecca Solnit’s op-ed Easy Chair column, titled The Octopus and Its Grandchildren, […]

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With Cat Gironda on vacation, Zeteo Associate Gayle Rodda Kurtz is reading — Two essays in the August 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine that cover developments, which are not prominently reported in the mainstream media, of the changed economic and social landscape. Independent writer Rebecca Solnit’s op-ed Easy Chair column, titled The Octopus and Its Grandchildren, […]

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February 3, 2018

This is, clearly, a continuing story. In an online article in a new UK magazine, The Amorist, computer science professor Kate Devlin urges that sex bots (and digital assistants, like Siri) shouldn't just be "gynoids"; we should have access to "androids" as well. And then there is my personal experience of drawing from the nude. Increasingly, I find or realize, that breasts now often -- and unfortunately! -- are coming in just one, too-perfect shape. (In the augmentation industry it's called "round," and I believe the most popular fill is on the order of 400ccs.) Are we finding that the simples...

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Arabian Red Fox, photograph by Jem Babbington, appears on Birds of Saudi Arabia website

With Cat Gironda on vacation, Zeteo Associate Gayle Rodda Kurtz is reading — Two essays in the August 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine that cover developments, which are not prominently reported in the mainstream media, of the changed economic and social landscape. Independent writer Rebecca Solnit’s op-ed Easy Chair column, titled The Octopus and Its Grandchildren, […]

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July 25, 2017

[…] Gun. Pour ses explorations des traductions, vers le français, de la poésie, voir, par example, Translating Dickinson, Poetry as Conversation, et Dylan, Nobel, Paris, Chimes Flashing. Some readers may also find of […]

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Arabian Red Fox, photograph by Jem Babbington, appears on Birds of Saudi Arabia website

With Cat Gironda on vacation, Zeteo Associate Gayle Rodda Kurtz is reading — Two essays in the August 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine that cover developments, which are not prominently reported in the mainstream media, of the changed economic and social landscape. Independent writer Rebecca Solnit’s op-ed Easy Chair column, titled The Octopus and Its Grandchildren, […]

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July 25, 2017

[…] Sex, Politics—is due out in 2017. His previous, Emily-Dickinson-related, multilingual writing: Translating Dickinson (into French) and Dickinson — Sex, Spanish, Stew. Some readers might also be interested in Beyond […]

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