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Open Letter to University of Hawai`i President Lassner on the Thirty Meter Telescope and the Email from “UH Leadership”

Originally posted on S. Shankar:
Dear President Lassner: I write to protest both the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea and the recent letter from “UH Leadership.” On the first issue of the construction of the…

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Why Naipaul Is Not Great: A True (non-Kantian) Appraisal of a Literary Career Now Ended

Originally posted on S. Shankar:
I first read Naipaul in Malaysia as a teenager. I would check out his books from the library of the club to which my family belonged. I recognized the world that Naipaul described in early…

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The Word under Threat in the World: The Murder of Gauri Lankesh

Originally posted on S. Shankar:
Journalist Gauri Lankesh has been shot dead in India. The simple fact of the matter is that no democracy thrives by stamping out speech that challenges power. I am not a free speech fundamentalist (I…

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Knock, Knock, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Why Bob Dylan Should Have Been Refused Admittance to the Nobel Prize for Literature)

Originally posted on S. Shankar:
This is a blog that tilts at windmills. No, Bob Dylan does not deserve the Nobel Prize for Literature. The dust has settled, the hoax articles about Dylan refusing the Prize have all been written…

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A Happy Atheistic Deepavali (aka Diwali) to Each and Every One of You!

Originally posted on S. Shankar:
I’m an atheist. There was a time—a green adolescent time of stumbling discovery—when because of my atheism I refused to enter temples, choosing rather to wait outside while my family disappeared inside for a while.…

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