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Philosophers and YouTube

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Today’s post, an essay by philosopher Alain de Botton, is from LARB Channel Marginalia. It was published last week – if you missed it, we’ve reproduced it here in full. The above photo is a screenshot of one of The School of Life’s new YouTube videos. The video is included in the below post.  By Alain […]

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Nature’s Haunted House

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Today’s post is from LARB Channel Boom. By D.J. Waldie A View from Bixby Hill. Sometimes I go up on a hill that overlooks the concrete box of the San Gabriel River where the river flows into Alamitos Bay in Long Beach. From there, you see nature. Wetlands drained for oil production lie below, as do tracts of […]


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Stop Hunting Ishi

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Photo: Portrait of Ishi by E.H. Kemp, July 1912. Courtesy of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology and the Regents of the University of California. Today’s post is from LARB Channel Boom. By William Bauer Ishi must be tired. For 160 years, people have hunted him and other California Indians. In the mid-nineteenth century, settlers, miners, and […]


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Learning to Read at Seventeen

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Today’s post was originally published earlier this week by LARB Channel Avidly. By James McWilliams The psychoanalyst Adam Phillips once observed that people don’t strive to be what they already are. It’s an elegantly obvious point, but it’s also terrifying in its implications. After all, for the “aspiring self,” the ambition to be something else—someone else—reveals […]

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The Paradox of Wu-Wei

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Today’s post was originally published by LARB Channel Marginalia.  By Andrew B. Irvine Almost all the arts of life are enhanced when performed with unselfconscious spontaneity — think shooting hoops, playing a complicated musical passage, dining with friends. The moment we try not to try is often the moment performance collapses in a counterproductive muddle. This “paradox of wu-wei,” […]


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On the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and Ferguson

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Today’s post was originally published last week by LARB Channel Avidly.  By M.J. Dinius Last night on Facebook, my friend explicitly linked the two stories dominating my social media feed: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and the events in Ferguson, Missouri.  My friend asked,  “How many buckets of ice would I have to pour over my […]


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Marginalia Radio Interviews Randall Balmer on Jimmy Carter

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This interview is from LARB Channel Marginalia, and is number 13 in their ongoing radio series.  Art Remillard talks with Randall Balmer about his new book, Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter. Balmer is the Mandel Family Professor in the Arts and Sciences at Dartmouth College, and author of more than a dozen books, including Mine Eyes Have […]

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Who You Calling a Techie?

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Photo: Janet Delaney, Roof Terrace One Hawthorne 645 Howard Street, 2013. This piece was originally published by LARB Channel Boom, in their Summer 2014 issue.  By Leah Reich When I tell pretty much anyone outside the tech industry I work at a start-up, there’s usually a pause. I can watch her compose her face, waiting to hear the worst. […]


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What’s the Matter with San Francisco?

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Below is a piece from Boom, one of our LARB Channels. We’ve reproduced it in full here; to read the original, and to check out more from Boom, visit their website.  By Eve Bachrach and Jon Christensen From Boom Summer 2014, Vol 4, No 2 We’re not arguing about what really matters. So many columns filled, so much hand […]


LARB Channels Sidney H. Griffith, The Bible in Arabic: The Scriptures of the ‘People of the Book’ in the Language of Islam. Jews, Christians and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World, Princeton University Press, 2013, 247pp.

The Arabic Bible Before Islam: From Marginalia

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Clare Wilde on Sidney H. Griffith’s The Bible in Arabic, Excerpted From Marginalia Non-Muslims, including Jews and Christians, have spoken Arabic since before the revelation of the Qur’an. Was there an Arabic Bible before the rise of Islam? Or, did the appearance of the Arabic Qur’an shape the Arabic Bible? These are among the questions addressed in […]