Tectonic History and Gondwanan Geopolitics in the Larsemann Hills, Antarctica

That’s the title of this article (pdf) in the Political and Legal Anthropology Review. From the abstract: At the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings, an Indian delegate proposed a new research base located within an environmental protection area, because it is where India and Antarctica were connected on the 125-million-year-old continent of Gondwana. How did this claim come to … Continue reading Tectonic History and Gondwanan Geopolitics in the Larsemann Hills, Antarctica

10 Best American novels of the past half century

Tyler Cowen recently flogged the state of American literature, and for good reason: American literature, like American society as a whole, has always been a bit provincial despite the fact that it’s a commercial republic. Ours is, as Tocqueville once observed, a “disagreeable and talkative patriotism,” and not fit for stories universal in scope. American … Continue reading 10 Best American novels of the past half century

RCH: Antarctic history

Longtime readers of NOL know I have a strange obsession with Antarctica, and the murder that happened on the continent earlier this week gave me the perfect opportunity to write about the southernmost continent for this weekend’s column at RealClearHistory. Behold, an excerpt: 6. The Gauss Expedition (1901-03). The Germans got in on the Antarctic act, … Continue reading RCH: Antarctic history

BC’s weekend reads

Madonna offers oral sex for those who vote Hillary Clinton Trump-inspired ‘pussy’ ad banned in San Francisco subway The poverty of democracy The battle for the Arctic Countries rush for upper hand in Antarctica Why not world government? (Part 2) Meet China’s state-approved Muslims The good, the bad, and the ugly of Somaliland secession

Matthew is backpacking through South Asia, and he’s a-blogging his thoughts

I’m an awful editor. And an even worse human being (just ask my ex-girlfriends). I had come across Matthew‘s travel blog awhile back, via Facebook, but had forgotten to provide a link here on NOL. So, without further adieu, I present to you the Rickshaw Diaries. PS: Seals have been raping penguins in Antarctica. Or something … Continue reading Matthew is backpacking through South Asia, and he’s a-blogging his thoughts