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Weekly Round-up

The Oxonian Review is pleased to present our Weekly Round-up, featuring websites and articles the editorial staff have recently found interesting, illuminating, or otherwise noteworthy.

1. “On Liking American Psycho“, Bad Reputation: “It bludgeons home its basic homily, that consumerism fails to make us happy or to lend meaning to our lives, with all the subtle and delicate artistry of a Reagan speech.”

2. “Beliefs About Grammar and Extraterrestrials“, The Chronicle of Higher Education: “People are trying to squeeze syntactic blood out of the turnip of naive metaphysics.”

3. “I Want To Be Like Jesus: Why Cornel West Can’t Seem To Find Love and Justice“, New York Magazine: “Smartness is not some kind of value that I put a whole lot of weight on. There are smart Nazis and smart xenophobes and smart patriarchs and so forth.”

4. “Too Smart To Fail“, The Baffler: “A résumé filled with grievous errors in the period 1996–2006 is not only a non-problem for further advances in the world of consensus; it is something of a prerequisite. Our intellectual powers that be not only forgive the mistakes; they require them. You must have been wrong back then in order to have a chance to be taken seriously today…”

5.”Printed Books Existed Nearly 600 Years Before Gutenberg’s Bible“, io9.com: “During the reign of Chingli, [1041–1048] Bi Sheng, a man of unofficial position, made movable type. His method was as follows: he took sticky clay and cut in it characters as thin as the edge of a coin.”