"The London Review of Books has become the most successful – and controversial – literary publication in Europe. Just what is Mary-Kay Wilmers, its 75-year-old editor, getting so right?"

"Recent advances in paleogenetics have made it feasible to reassemble the genomes of recently extinct animals, like the passenger pigeon and even the mammoth. But the results are inexact—there will always be uncertainties. And even then things get really tricky."

"This popular Filipino host does not know Asin. Should I be surprised if the songs he’s familiar with are from Rihanna or a popular RnB artist in the US?"

"Life as a theater major at UP was an awakening. I did meet many leftists and communists – artists, academics, teachers, writers, farmers – and I began to get politicized."

"The implication was revelatory: the American workers with the most advanced understanding of the alienation and commodification of capitalist exploitation were not the white wage earners of Northern factory towns but the enslaved African-Americans of Southern plantations."

"It’s as tidy a demonstration as I know of the fact—deeper than ska, deeper than Rosco, deeper than the South—that black popular music in the twentieth century can’t be comprehended except as a phenomenon of what Bernard Bailyn calls the Atlantic world. In this case the old West Indian world, of which Tennessee lay at the northern fringe. It’s the shatter-zone of the slave diaspora. Circulating currents. We gave Jamaica blues. Jamaica gave us ska. Jamaica gave us dub, we gave back hip-hop. It’s been happening for four hundred years."

"After the University of South Carolina Upstate selected gay author Alison Bechdel’s award-winning graphic novel and memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic as part of its optional freshman reading list, and the College of Charleston assigned gay poet and professor Ed Madden’s Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio as summer reading for its English 101 course, a group of conservative lawmakers sought to punish the schools — by cutting $17,163 from USC Upstate’s funding and $52,000 from the College of Charleston’s state allocation. "

"During the bill’s public hearings, the authors also noted arguments against R.A. 9346 which abolished the death penalty in the country, saying many foreign nationals were emboldened to establish their drug factories in the Philippines."

"We have a USG that bows down to the dictatorship of the school’s administration – an administration that rarely ever listens to the voices of the students. But isn’t the point of having a government to have someone fight for the students who can’t stand up against the school’s administration by themselves? Shouldn’t standing up for students be, first and foremost, the priority of any student council or government?"

"Ideological diversity is clearly real, deeply rooted, and probably a core facet of human nature. Given this, we simply have no choice but to come up with a much better way to live with it. "

"It is Putin the conservative and not Putin the realist who decided to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty. His march on Crimea is not realpolitik it is kultur kampf."

"With extreme weather disturbances now the new normal worldwide, it’s but appropriate for governments to seek “best practices and new approaches” to bringing about “livable cities” that will ensure the wellbeing, indeed the very survival, of their constituents. It takes bold thinking as well as an open mind."

"Commonism’s platform has two main goals: a guaranteed annual income, like that recently proposed by Rolling Stone and up for referendum in Switzerland, and some common ownership of production to provide it, possibly through distributed shares in the S&P 500. "

"The stunning prevalence of repetition in music all over the world is no accident. Music didn’t acquire the property of repetitiveness because it’s less sophisticated than speech, and the 347 times that iTunes says you have listened to your favourite album isn’t evidence of some pathological compulsion – it’s just a crucial part of how music works its magic. "

"Marriage as a slightly crazy promise—even, perhaps, a special kind of self-deception: to believe a proposition and at the same time not to believe it. Psychologically, self-deception is even more paradoxical than the marriage vow; it ought to be impossible, and yet we do it with fluency from a young age."