A wonderful New Year short story by Ali Smith. A short story by JM Coetzee. Why Write Fiction in 2017? German author Clemens Setz visits the Netherlands. Mini documentary about the last remaining speaker of Taushiro. Wer wissen will, wie man in der Diskussion über kulturelle Identität vernünftiger argumentieren kann, sollte das Buch des französischen Philosophen Francois Jullien lesen. Review of Goethe: Life as a Work of Art. What bullets do to bodies. A brief history of humans trying and failing to understand the minds of apes. On the correspondence of René Descartes and Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia. How climate change and disease helped the fall of Rome.
As always this is a list of books that I read this year and includes recently published books as well as classics.
Mini documentary about the creative process behind one of electronic music's most mysterious classics. It's also one of my favourite albums.
Interview with mathematician Corina Tarnita who deciphers patterns in the soil created by competing life-forms. MIT researchers overturn old theories about how memories form and recall works. Inequality in nature and society. Everything we know about black hole growth says this one is too young to be so big. A literary tour of the U.S. with 50 State-set books. Slavoj Žižek on ideology as the original augmented reality. The radical chic of Rick Owens. Inside China's vast new experiment in social ranking. Erik Brynjolfsson and Tom Mitchell on workforce implications of what machine learning can do. Five recent books about bread. Longreads Best of 2017.
The full list of Massive Open Online Courses offered by over 200 universities around the world. Scientists are unraveling why certain glaciers are prone to surging abruptly. NY Times critics and contributors select 21 essential albums from ECM’s catalog. Quanta Magazine spoke with Edward Witten about his theory of everything and the strange connection between physics and math. Steven Mithen on why our ancestors started farming. Author and US Army veteran Phil Klay on war as a test of religious faith. Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot can now do a backflip.