Weekend Reading

Why Trump voters are not “complete idiots” (in charts and photos) A common trope when trying to understand voters who vote differently from you is to simply call them idiots. This is particularly true this year, when discussing Trump voters. The most aggressive (and IMO offensive example of this) is by Jonathan Chait. Fits with

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Sharia Does Not Mean What Newt Gingrich Thinks It Means One country that officially endorses the Muslim legal system is one of the politician’s favorites—Israel. I'm no expert, but then I don't need to be. Senior politicians need to be better than this. Falling for sleep In Evelyn De Morgan’s numinous painting, Night and Sleep

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It's always odd posting things from a week ago when the real focus of the news is the awful events from Nice, the continuing political maelstrom that is engulfing UK politics, and the brutal Police killings in America (and, literally as I type, a coup in Turkey? Good god). Now is the time for calm

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The Daredevil of the Auction World Christie’s, the auction house, celebrates its two-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary this year, and over time the origins of certain company traditions have become obscure. Who knew art and auctions could be so damn exciting! The father of trending: Abdur Chowdhury It's one of those internet phrases that have seeped into everyday

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If you inject enough poison into the political bloodstream, somebody will get sick Contempt for politicians has been on the rise for years. But this EU referendum campaign has torn away at the veil that divides civility from mayhem For weeks, months and years “politician” has been a word more spat out than said. I