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Writing Worth Reading

* [2]Flat-Nose, Stocky and Beautugly
   James Davidson | LRB | 15 September 2010
   Wonderful, detail-packed essay on the bestowing of personal names in
   classical Greece, compared and contrasted with the more arbitrary naming
   habits of recent times
 * [3]The Day After Tomorrow
   David Brooks | NYT | 13 September 2010
   Good to favour limited government, as right-wing Republicans do. Danger
   comes with cynicism towards government in general. America needs
   government that is limited, active and effective
 * [4]Lithuania's "Double Genocide"
   Jonathan Freedland | Guardian | 14 September 2010
   Understandable why Lithuania would want to equate Nazi and Soviet
   crimes. Only so many tears to go round. But doing so leads to
   undervaluation of the Holocaust, and of Lithuania's own part in it
 * [5]The Least We Can Do
   Michael Kinsley | Atlantic | 15 September 2010
   Baby-boomers have had a great run. Approaching the end. As last service
   to America, generation should pull together, rescue economy, by agreeing
   to pay heavy estate duties, cutting back on end-of-life care
 * [6]Get A Real Degree
   Elif Batuman | LRB | 15 September 2010
   Epic essay on rise of creative writing programmes, decline of literary
   scholarship, in shaping modern American fiction. You don't need to be an
   academic to enjoy this, you do need to be bookish
 * [7]When We Talk About Beauty
   Arthur Krystal | Harper's | 10 September 2010
   Long review of Umberto Eco's "History of Beauty". Perhaps too long, but
   full of insights into the history of art, and the evolution of beauty
   "from being a property of the Ideal to being an attribute of the Real"
 * [8]Autism’s First Child
   John Donvan & Karen Zucker | Atlantic | 15 September 2010
   Profile of Donald Gray Triplett, 77. Keen golfer. In childhood, he
   combined deep introspection with amazing arithmetical facility.
   Psychologists diagnosed in him a new mental condition: autism
 * [9]Woody Allen On Faith And Fortune
   Dave Itzkoff | NYT | 14 September 2010
   Interview pegged to release of Allen's latest film, “You Will Meet a
   Tall Dark Stranger”, about a fortune-teller. "People who successfully
   delude themselves seem happier than people who can’t"
 * [10]Basel: Mouse That Did Not Roar
   Martin Wolf | FT | 14 September 2010
   Clear, strong attack on weakness of Basel III rules for bank capital.
   Equity ratio still far too low. Should be 20-30%. Then we'd have a
   robust banking system. Instead we have a weak one, subsidised by
   taxpayers
 * [11]Topic: Pakistan
   Views of a country in turmoil, from Robert Kaplan, Fatima Bhutto,
   William Dalrymple, Sabrina Tavernise, Ahmed Rashid... [12]Continue
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[13]Today on FiveBooks: Pakistan
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