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Aldous Huxley concludes The Devils of Loudun (1952) with bibliography of previous accounts of “diabolic drama” at which Loudun pastor was burned at stake

In the last few pages of The Devils of Loudun (1952), Aldous Huxley shares thoughts regarding optimal ways to work toward advancement of human consciousness, within the context of spiritual pursuits. He also lists the sources he used in writing his overview of the “diabolic drama,” as Huxley terms it, in which a pastor of […]

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Feb. 15, 2017 Toronto Life article: “The $1-Billion Hellhole.” Previous posts share backstories about superjail.

A Feb. 15, 2017 Toronto Life article is entitled: “The $1-Billion Hellhole: When the Toronto South Detention Centre opened in 2014, it was supposed to herald a progressive era of incarceration. Instead, the superjail has become a house of horrors for the men inside, many of whom have yet to be convicted of anything.” In a […]

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Reinventing urban democracy in Barcelona – March 25, 2015 openDemocracy.net article

1) Reinventing urban democracy A March 25, 2015 openDemocracy.net article is entitled: “Reinventing urban democracy in Barcelona.” The opening paragraphs read: “We’re losing Barcelona and we want to win it back.” These are the opening words of the manifesto of the new electoral alliance Barcelona en Comú (which can be translated as “Barcelona for all”). […]

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The Meaning of Human Existence (2014)

I’ve been reading books about the 1950s and 1960s. 1959 Among them is: 1959: The Year that Changed Everything (2009). Chapter 20, “Seeing the Invisible,” concerns the work of the photographer Robert Frank, with a focus on the latter’s The Americans (2008). Frank Kaplan, the author of 1959, has a Ph.D. from MIT in political […]

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In the United States, painkillers take more lives than heroin and cocaine combined – Globe and Mail, Oct. 3, 2014

The topic of evidence and where it leads is of interest to me. Truthiness takes a person elsewhere; truthiness makes for engaging and compelling stories built upon the absence of empirical evidence. As noted at the link in the previous sentence, More Real: Art in the Age of Truthiness (2012) provides a definition and an overview (pp. […]

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Alice Goffman’s ‘On the Run’ Studies Policing in a Poor Urban Neighborhood – New York Times, April 29, 2014

I’ve written extensively about Erving Goffman including the start of his academic career in Chicago and the year he spent immersed in field work at a mental hospital. I became interested in his Chicago days after reading about the history of urban planning in Chicago. The first-noted link (above) is among the most frequently read […]