Readings

Jordan Peterson & Fascist Mysticism

"Closer examination, however, reveals Peterson’s ageless insights as a typical, if not archetypal, product of our own times: right-wing pieties seductively mythologized for our current lost generations.""

Private equity killed big box retailers, leaving empty big boxes across America, and architects have plans

"The traditional explanation for the retail apocalypse is that Walmart and Amazon killed malls and big-box stores, but that account is incomplete -- the real story includes massive asset-stripping by debt-financed private equity vultures who paid themselves lavishly to run beloved businesses into the ground."

Is the absent-minded genius just a very clever jerk?

"He can fail to show up for an appointment, or forget he owes you money, and the world treats it as though it were cute."

The People Dylan Left Behind

"Dylan has also gone from not thinking about those whose lives he has passed to actively trying to forget them, to erase them as if their existence in his mind will interfere in his art. He has a realization that most people are stuck in their lives and won’t explore in the way he thinks is crucial to artistic creation."

Martin Luther King and the Birth of Hip-Hop

"The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. led directly to hip-hop, an era of black American culture, politics, and art that is often contrasted with his legacy."

Human finger bone points to an early exodus out of Africa

"Some have tried to reconcile these findings with the late-exodus narrative by claiming there may have been an early, but ultimately doomed, first wave migration out of Africa some 120,000 years ago, after which humans more or less stayed put on the continent for another 60,000 years. Others have argued there were several migrations in and out of Africa throughout this whole period."

Fascinating new map shows dozens of ephemeral states that popped up around Russia after 1917

"The collapse of the Soviet Union was chaotic? You should have seen the start. After the Bolshevik party took power, the former Russian Empire descended into anarchy. Proper anarchy, with bells on."

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