Posts Tagged: monkeys

Kahlo vs. Kardashian: The Subversive Potential of the Female Self-Portrait

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Where does the line between the self-portrait and the selfie fall?

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Anna March’s Reading Mixtape #28: Linked Stories/Novels in Stories

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I recently finished revisions to a novel I’ve been working on for years and have embarked on writing a new novel, in stories, Hazel Conquers the World. I’ve always loved the form and these are some favorites and masterful examples of the very specific craft of making each story stand alone and in service to the […]

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Monkeying Through Literature

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For The Millions, Daniel O’Malley examines the appearance of monkeys in literature, dividing them into two categories: “the first involves stories that feature monkeys as prominent characters or focal points”; and the second, the one he is “most interested in,” concern “stories that don’t ask so much of their monkeys, stories that could arguably exist without […]

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The Evolution of Language

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How did humans learn to talk, anyway? Vervet monkeys use different words (or, at least, “different alarm calls to refer to different types of predators, such as snakes and leopards”) but don’t arrange them into diverse kinds of sentences. Songbirds, meanwhile, create elaborate sentences with a variety of notes, but the notes don’t act as […]

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Morning Coffee

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Pictures of plant gall, one of the weirdest/raddest looking things in the world. It is hard to argue with 8-bit NYC. By the way, if you live in New York, you should probably go see Olafur Eliasson’s new installation (for free!). A look at NASA’s very first wind tunnel (old science is the best kind […]

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Science Saturday

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Blimps might be making a comeback. Meteor shower late Sunday night, well, late by east coast standards. Well, late by people-with-9-to-5-jobs standards. Even though it’s supposed to be the most intense shower of the year, if you’re in a city, you probably won’t see much due to light pollution–you’ll have to head out a bit. […]

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Morning Coffee

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I heart Ernst Haeckel. (via Metafilter.) Kevin Barnes interviews Daryl Hall. Awesome. Umbrella cloud. Every single page of every single issue of Time Magazine from the 30s through the 70s. We’ve figured out how to cure color-blindness in squirrel monkeys. It would make me really happy if there was no intention of taking this further. […]

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Monkeys Know Bad Grammar When They Hear It

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It’s not like they’re gonna be writing for The New Yorker anytime soon, but a team of scientists just published a study in the journal Biology Letters saying that monkeys can “recognize bad grammar.” Researchers spent a day familiarizing a group of cotton-top tamarins with a series of two-syllable words that followed a certain pattern. […]

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