Culture / World

French incursion may be saving Mali’s cultural heritage

The presence of French troops in Mali may help to protect a priceless cultural legacy which has been under siege by Islamist fighters. The BBC reports on the fate of the ancient city of Timbuktu: The historic city is a World Heritage site, renowned for its architecture, manuscript libraries and centuries-old shrines to Islamic saints -…
Books / Culture / Podcasts

Ted Gioia on the Birth and Death of the Cool

[caption id="attachment_147" align="alignleft" width="194" caption="The end of "cool"?"][/caption] Has coolness runs its course?  Are we living in a post-"cool" culture? Musician and writer Ted Gioia talks about his new book, The Birth and Death of the Cool in episode 102 of The New Modern podcast.  You can listen using the embedded player above or via…
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Tyler Cowen: Information Revolution, Autism, Digital Fragmentation, and the New Cultural Order

[powerpress] Huffduff it [huh?] Episode 101 of The New Modern podcast is an interview with Tyler Cowen about his fascinating new book Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World. In addition to his renown as a professor of economics at George Mason University, Tyler Cowen is familiar to many habitual…