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“Like a sack with an animal trapped inside”: on the quizzle

I just finished Jonathan Fast’s The Secrets of Synchronicity, and while the book on the whole isn’t so great, there’s a section later in the book that has to do with quizzles. “Quizzles? What’s a quizzle?” “It’s a lump of rock,” … Continue reading

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On Assassin’s Creed Part 2: The Game

In the previous piece that I posted about Assassin’s Creed, I wrote about the narrative of the game and how it holds up the rational, liberal subject as the most important kind of subject that can be produced by a system … Continue reading

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On the Death of Stuart Hall

Stuart Hall is gone. There isn’t much for me to say. It is hard to speak of an absence felt so clearly that it becomes present — Stuart Hall’s death is less the loss of a person and more the … Continue reading

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On Robert Pogue Harrison’s “Forests: The Shadow of Civilization”

Robert Pogue Harrison frames Forests with a quotation from 17th century philosopher Giambattista Vico: This was the order of human institutions: first the forests, after that the huts, then the village, next the cities, and finally the academies. [The New Science §239] Harrison’s … Continue reading

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Books I Read in 2013

For previous years, look here: 2012, 2011. This is a list of all the books that I read in 2013. The number is a little bit off — as you can see, I read a whole lot of BPRD in preparation … Continue reading

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On rrrrrrrroll

I have had rrrrrrrroll open in a tab on my desktop for a month or more, always trying to figure out what I should write about it. Clearly I am never going to get there. Maybe that’s the point. rrrrrrrroll is about a single … Continue reading

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The Double Meaning of Genetic Codes

Since the genetic code was deciphered in the 1960s, scientists have assumed that it was used exclusively to write information about proteins. UW scientists were stunned to discover that genomes use the genetic code to write two separate languages. One … Continue reading

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