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ranman

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  1. I'm binge watching Better Things, seasons 2 thru 4!
  2. I hope you don't mind my trying to resurrect a rather old post, but here goes. In relation to the original post: "Dynamic" seems to be the catchphrase for the neoliberal (I don't use this as a pejorative, just as a signifier). Everything today is packaged and presented as dynamic--the economy, public policy, education, etc. We don't quite know or want to know what ppl mean when they say it. Those who mean well, those without an overt neoliberal agenda, seem to simply mean "innovation," "non-reactionary" when they say "dynamic." Specifically, as far as 21st cent. education is concerne
  3. If anybody's interested, here's David F Wallace's Rabbit Resurrected--whether this amounts to homage, cheap imitation, or noble attempt is a matter of taste of course https://harpers.org/wp-content/uploads/HarpersMagazine-1992-08-0072766.pdf
  4. Hi, guys! I hope you're all well. Wondering since there doesn't seem to be much activity on the forum. I myself have logged in after what feels like a lifetime. Can't quite remember when I logged in before. Just wanted to add: New Yorker has terrific fiction and poetry podcasts. I use iTunes, which includes apple podcasts also. This is the best subscription I ever signed up for. Other than that, there's The Sun -- I don't quite like the non-fiction here, but some of the new fiction they publish is rich and good, if anyone's interested.
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    New Stuff Worth Hearing

    Greta Van Fleet's a good band! They sound like Led Zep, but not like a cheap imitation band. They've got their own stamp, and they make glorious music. Not sure if this counts as new, but The Parlor Mob is also sort of a throwback to the 60s-80s trend of good rock. They also sound like Les Zep, but again they're not limited or unimaginative musicians.
  6. Currently reading two books: 1. Abandon by Pico Iyer: A very interesting book. Among other things, it focuses on how a secular outlook might allow one to draw from different religious traditions and theological stances, almost a la carte. There is the danger of appropriation, but it is equally important to shed light on how people also see religions as things that converge toward a final unity, the book seems to say. The book focuses on Sufism (particularly the works of Rumi) and Islamic thought and two people's whirling love for each other. If you look long and hard enough at love, you m
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