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Kerim’s Triptych for Sunday, July 9th, 2023

Kerim’s Triptych for Sunday, July 9th, 2023

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Item 1: The Alpha Male Myth

“Primatologist Frans de Waal inadvertently popularized the term "alpha male." Now, he’s debunking common stereotypes to explain what an "alpha male" really is — empathetic and protective.” You can read a transcript here.

Item 2: Kitman ’64

I wasn't related to Marvin Kitman, who passed away last week at the age of 93, but he was family. One of my dad's best friends, I grew up on a steady diet of funny things Marvin had said to him, which my father recounted with gusto at the dinner table. But it wasn’t till I was an adult that I learned about Marvin’s 1964 campaign for president in which he ran on the Republican ticket. His slogan? “I would rather be President than write.”

Back in 2005, after reading Rick Perlstein’s book on the history of the 1964 Goldwater campaign: Before the Storm, I wrote about Marvin’s campaign on my blog. For more on Marvin’s life and career, read the excellent obituary in The NY Times.

(PS: I still haven’t forgiven Rick Perlstein for leaving a rather ungracious comment on what was meant to be a light hearted post about a dear friend, but I figure the best punishment is to leave his comment up there for all to see.)

Item 3: Between the forest and the road

“When the forests are gone, how can we continue to raise cattle?” says Sahan Bibi, a member of the Van Gujjars nomadic pastoralist community which migrates seasonally between the plains and Himalayan mountains in northern India. This short ten minute film by Shashwati follows their group and the challenges they face as they continue on their journey every year.


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