The Oxonian Review is pleased to present this week’s Weekly Round-up, featuring a selection of recent links to websites and articles which the OR editorial staff have found interesting, illuminating, or otherwise noteworthy. Enjoy!
1. “Former U.S. Poet Laureate on war & poetry” , NorthJersey.com: “…some poets talk about themselves and they say things like “Here I am all alone in the world.” To me the most interesting thing is to feel a connection with other people.”
2. “Dream Machine: The mind-expanding world of quantum computing” , The New Yorker: “Deutsch believes that if a quantum computer were built it would constitute near-irrefutable evidence of what is known as the Many Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.”
3. “Our Growing Higher Ed Crisis: Making Myths In the Basement of the Ivory Tower” , The Millions: “…as more and more Americans, both qualified and unqualified, enroll in colleges, more and more employers are able to demand that job seekers have some college education, even for jobs that patently do not require it.”
4. “Buns, Bunting, and Retro-Imperialism” , New Statesman: “There is something monstrous in this fetishisation of wartime austerity and imperial pride, given that our government is currently dismantling the Attlee settlement and dispatching troops for yet another war of intervention — but there is something tragic there, too.”
5. “Peace of Candy” , The New Inquiry: “Beautiful Darling celebrates one of Candy’s most quoted statements: ‘You must always be yourself no matter what the price. It is the highest form of morality.’ … As Candy writes in her diary, ‘I am a star because I have always felt so alienated and I project this feeling to others.'”
6. “The Frowniest Spot on Earth” , London Review of Books: “Unlike the American transcendentalists of the late 19th century, Kasarda is drawn to the East not because of the obfuscations of its mysticism, but by the raw clarity of its despotisms. ‘It took as long to air the grievances surrounding Heathrow’s Terminal Five as it did to build Beijing’s epic new one from raw ground,’ Lindsay writes.”
7. “Trump Unable to Produce Evidence He’s No Pile of Festering Shit” , The Onion