The Daily DeX 04/23/2019: Where The Hell Is Shakespeare’s Library?

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Today’s idea: Why don’t we know anything about Shakespeare’s library?

+“Cowardice at Columbia” | Quillette

“Why did McNab, a Columbia student with a valid ID, refuse to produce it on demand? It’s unclear because on this point his story has been inconsistent. In an interview with the Columbia Spectator, McNab said that he knew about the ID policy but felt that it was enforced in a racist manner—whites often don’t get carded, he alleged. But in the video, McNab claimed he did not know about the policy, and added that he had never previously been carded when entering Barnard at night. To confuse matters more, in a cable news interview McNab said that no one he knows has ever been carded. Frankly, he seems to be making it up on the fly.”

+“NRA could lose tax-exempt status: report” | Salon

“Reportedly, some of the NRA’s payments that may constitute a conflict of interest pass through financial channels that intentionally obscure the recipients. Law experts say this alone could threaten the NRA’s tax-exempt nonprofit status.”

+“Moralistic Therapeutic Nihilism” | The American Conservative

“For me, the message of Easter is that love is stronger than life or death. That’s a much more awesome claim than that they put Jesus in the tomb and three days later he wasn’t there. For Christians for whom the physical resurrection becomes a sort of obsession, that seems to me to be a pretty wobbly faith. What if tomorrow someone found the body of Jesus still in the tomb? Would that then mean that Christianity was a lie? No, faith is stronger than that.”

+“Who’s Really Buying Property in San Francisco?” | The Atlantic

“There has never been a town like the one San Francisco is becoming, a place where a single industry composed almost entirely of rich people thoroughly dominates the local economy.”

+“AI Could Predict Death. But What If the Algorithm Is Biased?” | Wired

“Earlier this month the University of Nottingham published a study in PloSOne about a new artificial intelligence model that uses machine learning to predict the risk of premature death, using banked health data (on age and lifestyle factors) from Brits aged 40 to 69.”

+“Capitalism in crisis: U.S. billionaires worry about the survival of the system that made them rich” | The Washington Post

“For the first time in decades, capitalism’s future is a subject of debate among presidential hopefuls and a source of growing angst for America’s business elite. In places such as Silicon Valley, the slopes of Davos, Switzerland, and the halls of Harvard Business School, there is a sense that the kind of capitalism that once made America an economic envy is responsible for the growing inequality and anger that is tearing the country apart”

+“Russia Has Won the Information War in Turkey” | Foreign Policy

“In recent weeks, Turkey’s long-standing bid to acquire Russian S-400 missile defense systems has received renewed media attention.”

+“How Le Corbusier’s American Dream Became a Nightmare” | The American Conservative

“Imagine you’re out for dinner with your friends. You order a large pizza. After fifteen minutes of eager anticipation, you are served bare pizza crust on a platter.”

+“Looking for Shakespeare’s Library” | Lapham’s Quarterly

“Some of William Shakespeare’s friends and associates left behind a description of his library. Nor is there a record of it being dispersed at the time of his death. His will refers neither to books nor manuscripts. In fact, it gives no sign of a literary career at all, or even a literate one. Contemporary dramatists such as Francis Beaumont, Thomas Dekker, John Fletcher, Robert Greene, Thomas Heywood, and Ben Jonson all left behind plays in manuscript. No Shakespeare playscript, though, has ever been found. (Part of the manuscript of a play about Sir Thomas More has been attributed to Shakespeare, but the part is small and the attribution contentious.)”

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