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The discipline of Adam Smith

By running up all the different virtues too to this one species of propriety, Epicurus indulged in a propensity which is natural to all men, but which philosophers in particular are apt to cultivate with a peculiar fondness, as the great means of displaying their ingenuity, the propensity to account for all appearances from as … Continue reading

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Memed, My Hawk

I was leaning easily against a tall, cream-colored column when Chris Abani spoke to a writing class at the University of Iowa. This was a year and a half ago, so my memories are like a book of old photos, all faded colors and lens flares. I remember clearly, though, a rich discussion of the … Continue reading

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Collinearity

Looking at the past four months, I think the most stressful moment I have had was when I was rushing to get ready for a student government interview and my electric razor ran out of power. It’s an older one and the battery doesn’t hold a charge like it used to, so even after I … Continue reading

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the Gregorian calendar year

I’m ready I’m ready for the laughing gas… I’m ready to duck I’m ready to dive I’m ready to say I’m glad to be alive — U2 (1991) In calendar year 2010 I was fortunate to have read books which made me reconsider my thought process and viewpoints, and to have visited a number of … Continue reading

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语文

杨树高, 榕树壮, 梧桐树叶像手掌。 The psychological difference, for me, in studying Chinese compared with Spanish or English is that you have an additional goal to work for: penmanship.  The simple act of writing a character well is immensely satisfying, on top of the challenge of studying vocabulary and watching your grammar. I just found this out … Continue reading