[Literature/Social Commentary] We live in Philip K. Dick’s future, not George Orwell’s or Aldous Huxley’s

“Philip K. Dick and the Fake Humans” is a compelling essay by Henry Farrell published today in The Boston Review. From the essay: This is not the dystopia we were promised. We are not learning to love Big Brother, who lives, if he lives at all, on a cluster of server farms, cooled by environmentally […]

[Music] Afghanistan’s Institute of Music

All due credit and respect goes to my dear brother Paolo Merolla, who pointed me to this article from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Afghanistan has a magnificent music tradition, and though the place is still a hotbed of Satanic Taliban butchery, people have decided to revive their culture piece by piece.