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Simple diction reaches wider audience

Simple diction reaches wider audience

November 7, 2013


Filed under Editor's Picks, Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

My articles appear online on Thursday mornings. Every Thursday by dinner time, my mom has called me twice, each time with a different review. She shares praise first — the argument is strong, good opening sentence, the piece is well organized. Then criticism — your counter argument needs work, your...

Mathematics provides extension of mind

Mathematics provides extension of mind

October 22, 2013


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion, Uncategorized

When I was in graduate school studying mathematics, every time I’d hang out with colleagues at a bar or restaurant, we had a hard time splitting the check. Despite our academic background, us mathematicians are horrible at doing arithmetics — and basic math in general. Also surprising is the fact that e...

Complicated relationship between hip-hop and derogatory language

Complicated relationship between hip-hop and derogatory language

September 14, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Last week, Kanye West lit up Twitter with an introspective rant about the word “bitch” and the palatability of its use when the motive is endearing. He mused that perhaps hip-hop conditioned us to think about this word differently; defending his own frequent use. Over the summer, singer Frank...

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