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The Hedgehog’s Array: March 6, 2015

Noteworthy reads from the last week:

"Surveillance and Care," Alan Jacobs

"By enforcing surveillance as the normative form of care, the state effectively erases the significance of all other forms of care."

"The Bomb in the Bag," Jack El-Hai

"What nobody yet understood—except for the unfortunate occupants of the financier’s wrecked office—was that a crazed man had just targeted Sage for attack. Even though Sage survived it, the assault had an effect that the assailant never intended: a remarkable redistribution of the vast riches of one of the most notorious robber barons of the Gilded Age. It was also America’s first suicide bombing."

"The Word-Hoard," Robert Macfarlane

"I have long been fascinated by the relations of language and landscape – by the power of strong style and single words to shape our senses of place."

"It’s Not Just the Drug War," Marie Gottschalk

"The overwhelming majority of people in prison are not there because of a drug offense. And even many of the people who are serving time primarily for a drug charge have other kinds of offenses on their records. We have created the mistaken idea that prisons are chock-full of people serving time for petty drug possession."

"How Music Hijacks Our Perception of Time," Jonathan Berger

"One evening, some 40 years ago, I got lost in time. I was at a performance of Schubert’s String Quintet in C major. During the second movement I had the unnerving feeling that time was literally grinding to a halt."

And if you still want more to read, our spring issue is available in print and online.