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The Hedgehog’s Array: October 23, 2015

Noteworthy reads from the last week:

“Romantic Regimes,” Polina Aronson

“In the Regime of Choice, the no-man’s land of love—that minefield of unreturned calls, ambiguous emails, erased dating profiles and awkward silences—must be minimised. No more pondering ‘what if’ and ‘why’. No more tears. No more sweaty palms. No more suicides.”

“Welles Lettres,” A. S. Hamrah

“It’s been difficult to get beyond the mocking portrayals of Welles in part because so many critics and pop film historians have adopted Hollywood’s conformist notions of success. Welles’s story of uncompromising ambition and lack of concern for studio approval has functioned as a cautionary tale: a lesson in how not to succeed in show business.”

“Rembrandt,” John Berger

“Just outside Amsterdam there lives an old, well-known, and respected Dutch painter. He has worked hard throughout his life—but he has only produced, as far as the world knows, a few drawings and one large canvas which is in the National Museum. I went to see his second major work, a triptych of the war. We spoke of war, old age, the vocation of the painter. He opened the door of his studio to let me go in first. The huge canvases were white. After years of work he had that day calmly destroyed them.”

“The Last Paperback Intellectuals,” Andy Seal

“There remains too often an unexamined assumption that style and accessibility go hand in hand.”

“Humanism, Science, and the Radical Expansion of the Possible,” Marilynne Robinson

“There are so many works of the mind, so much humanity, that to disburden ourselves of our selves is an understandable temptation.”

Hedgehogs abroad:

“Evolution in the Classroom,” Jeff Guhin

“None of the creationists I worked with disliked science. Recently, I did fieldwork in two Sunni Muslim and two Evangelical Christian high schools in the New York City area, and while the majority in all four schools distrusted evolution, not a one disliked science, or even blamed it.”