From the latest issue of Logos, Stephen Eric Bronner (Rutgers): Modernism, Surrealism, and the Political Imaginary; antithesis incarnate: Ian Williams on Christopher Hitchens; and a review of Hitch-22 and Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens. From Social Evolution Forum, Elinor Ostrom on enhancing the evolution of institutions for collective action. From The Stone, Benjamin Y. Fong on Freud’s radical talking; and a gathering of recent philosophy-related links. The QWERTY Effect: How typing may shape the meaning of words. Nate Silver on how models based on “fundamentals” have failed at predicting presidential elections. From TNR, writers explain what they think Obama should focus on for the next four years if he wins in November — a symposium. A review of The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption by Clay A. Johnson (and more). Megan Garber on how TED makes ideas smaller. TED tired: Philip Bump on how the high-minded, high-priced symposium is an exercise in branding. TED and Meta TED: On-scene musings from the Wonderdome.

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