On Cortázar

In the work of the Argen­tine writer Julio Cortázar, the short­est dis­tances are often also the great­est: The space between self and other can be mad­den­ingly dif­fi­cult to tra­verse. Full of mag­i­cal trans­for­ma­tions, rit­ual sac­ri­fices, and tur­bu­lent prophetic dreams, Cortázar’s writ­ing abounds with trou­bled pair­ings, unlikely and uneasy dop­pel­gängers who come apart even as—especially as—they converge.

Fear of a smell can be passed down several generations

Mice whose father or grand­fa­ther learned to asso­ciate the smell of cherry blos­som with an elec­tric shock became more jumpy in the pres­ence of the same odour, and responded to lower con­cen­tra­tions of it than nor­mal mice.

The Real Value of a College Degree

Is the nar­row binary of go to college/don’t go to col­lege, really the
best option we have to offer stu­dents of the twenty-first century?