Yes, I’m going there.
Before panda diplomacy, there was elephant diplomacy.
Why are native fauna given the short shrift at institutions supposedly dedicated to conservation and “edutainment”?
The modern metropolis: a heady cocktail of sex, technology and high finance, with an undertone of sewage.
The Generic City is a city free of context, history and identity. It is a blank slate, allowing its inhabitants to make of themselves what they will.
In Asia, our hands speak another language.
Isn’t it time we started thinking about pristine ecosystems as providing a service, and if so, shouldn’t the owners of that resource be compensated for the service?
Cherished national symbols often have international origins, blurring the lines between what’s local/ traditional and what’s not.
Or, does this question obfuscate the real issue, which is increasing inequality?
To step into an Infinity Mirror Room is to lose one’s finite self in infinite reflections. It is also to experience reality as Kusama sees it: the self as a part of the environment, not apart from it.
The line between scientific and unscientific thinking is finer than we think.
Talk of communism is suddenly springing up in the most unexpected quarters.
Whatever Thoreauvian notions you might harbor about nature in the tropics, the truth is that the impact of human intervention is everywhere, and what you encounter is not quite natural.
Above all, Emperor Ai of Han (who ruled from 6 B.C.E.-1 C.E.) loved his retainer Dong Xian, whose father was a respected censor in…