4.18.2017 Daily Links

              A Thought for the Day              

Fasting as a sort of discipline may embody both powerfully positive and naggingly negative elements, on the one hand toughening of spirit and training in discipline, on the other hand depleting bodily resources and risking opportunistic infections and other afflictions that could harm or even kill the human who is intentionally not feeding herself, who is purposely starving himself: this paradox mirrors at least one obvious natural cycle, the surfeit of foods at the Autumnal equinox in both agricultural and hunter-gatherer contexts, and the attendant scarcity of things to imbibe as the Vernal Equinox claims Spring from Winter’s banked fires for further rounds of growth and surplus.

                 This Day in History                  

This date in Japan marks the celebration of Invention Day while around the globe, today is International Day for Monuments and Sites; in Central Europe, as the Diet of Worms approached its conclusion four hundred and ninety-six years ago, Martin Luther refused to recant his Protestant protest against the practices of Catholicism, despite the threat of excommunication and civil strife; in a precursor of the city’s rebellious attitude in the next century, three hundred and twenty-eight years ahead of today, Bostonians rose up in revolt against the Royal Governor, the hard-to-take Sir Edmund Andros; fifty years subsequent to that juncture, in 1738, across the Atlantic in Madrid, Spaniards created the Royal Academy of History; MORE HERE 

                  Quote of the Day                    

It’s all up to you, girls. You have to be strong. These are the days of post-women’s liberation. You have grown up by now and you have to take care of yourself. No one’s going to help you.

                   Doc of the Day                      
1. David Ricardo, 1810 et seq.
2. Richard Harding Davis, circa 1906.
3. Ernie Pyle, 1940 et seq.

4. Lawrence Rushing, 2010.

Numero Uno“The following Letters are printed for the first time from the original manuscripts, kindly lent for the purpose by Colonel Malthus, C.B.  The representatives of Ricardo have been good enough to make search for the corresponding letters of Malthus, but without success. MORE HERE

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WRISSKathy Acker Interview

A Dalkey Archive interview with an iconic and provocative feminist experimental writer, that discusses some of her philosophy as well as some of her artistic process: “What I was interested in was what happens when you just copy something, without any reason—not that there’s no theoretical justification for what Sherrie does—but it was the simple fact of copying that fascinated me. I wanted to see whether I could do something similar with prose. I came to plagiarism from another point of view, from exploring schizophrenia and identity, and I wanted to see what pure plagiarism would look like, mainly because I didn’t understand my fascination with it. I picked Don Quixote as a subject really by chance. I think it was a bit incidental, perhaps consciously incidental, that it was a male text.”


Defanging & Corporatizing Intellectual Work

A Current Affairs post that contextualizes the disenpowered role of academics nowadays: “It was curiosity, not stupidity that killed the Dodo. For too long, we have held to the unfair myth that the flightless Mauritian bird became extinct because it was too dumb to understand that it was being killed. But as Stefan Pociask points out in “What Happened to the Last Dodo Bird?”, the dodo was driven into extinction partly because of its desire to learn more about a new, taller, two-legged creature who disembarked onto the shores of its native habitat: “Fearless curiosity, rather than stupidity, is a more fitting description of their behavior.”

Curiosity does have a tendency to get you killed. The truly fearless don’t last long, and the birds who go out in search of new knowledge are inevitably the first ones to get plucked. It’s always safer to stay close to the nest.”


Turkey & Kurds & Peace

A New York Review of Books review of a book that discusses some of the background situations afflicting the Middle East today, in regards to peacekeepers: “The last eighteen months have taught the Kurdish freedom movement some hard lessons. At first, activists in Turkey were inspired by what was happening next door in northern Syria. Syrian Kurds had declared autonomy and renamed their region Rojava after President Bashar al-Assad withdrew his overstretched forces to Syria’s central heartland in 2012. Seeking to copy the Rojava model, Kurds in southeast Turkey started to build barricades and dig trenches in their towns after the ceasefire between the PKK and the Turkish government broke down in July 2015. The aim was to create areas that Turkish security forces could not enter. Starting with the town of Cizre, on the eastern end of Turkey’s border with Syria, several places declared autonomy..”

GENISSKennan’s ‘Lessons’ Re Russia

 A History look at an old Russia-American policy, which reverberates to this day: “With Putin bringing Russia back to its undemocratic roots, and U.S.-Russia relations deteriorating swiftly, it’s hard not to think another part of Kennan’s advice might also still be relevant today. Instead of trying to change the Soviet government itself, or to focus on befriending a regime so fundamentally different from our own, Kennan argued, the United States should “formulate and put forward to other nations a much more positive and constructive picture of [the] sort of world we would like to see that we have put forward in past.” Today, more than 70 years after Kennan wrote the long telegram, confronting the tasks involved with creating the positive example he envisioned—including such vital domestic issues as education, infrastructure, health care and employment—may yet prove the biggest challenge of all.”