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Restaurant Chains Put Obesity On Menu
Rachel Saslow | WP | 21 September 2010
It's a hackneyed subject, the outer limits of American fast foods, but one
that retains its capacity to shock and amuse. Cheesecake Factory's pasta
carbonara has 2,500 calories, 85 grams of saturated fat
The Beatles In Hamburg
Taylor Parkes | Quietus | 21 September 2010
Glorious piece of writing. Tracking the ghost of the Beatles through the
sleaze of the Reeperbahn. If you find it hard to imagine there is anything
left to be said on this subject, prepare to be amazed
Obituary: Murray Sayle
Anonymous | Telegraph | 21 September 2010
Journalist. Climbed Everest. Sailed Atlantic single-handed. Just missed Che
Guevara in Bolivia. Found Kim Philby in Moscow. Moved to Japan. Probably
coined phrase, "We name the guilty men"
Love, Hate, Eat
Kerry Lauerman | B&N Review | 21 September 2010
Interview with psychology professor Hal Herzog, about humans and animals.
Interesting throughout, on topics ranging from binning cats and drowning
puppies, to cockfighting and vegetarianism
Some Afghan Boys Are Girls
Jenny Nordberg | NYT | 20 September 2010
Fascinating, quirky feature on Afghan obsession with sons. Parents with a
string of daughters can elect to dress and raise one as a boy, in the hope
of getting a son next. Schools and society turn a blind eye
Jason Zasky | Failure | 21 September 2010
Little-known story of Charles Goodyear, incompetent businessman. Invented
vulcanisation, failed to secure key patents, more interested in making
rubber desks and ship sails than tyres
Debts, Lies And Cowboys
Brian Phillips | Slate | 20 September 2010
Why Liverpool and Manchester United fans hate their clubs' American owners.
Punchy, occasionally sarcastic, tailored for US readers. Some interesting
comparisons between US and UK sports clubs
Fayyadism Is Not The Solution
Nathan Brown | Carnegie Endowment | 17 September 2010
Well-informed critique of Palestinian prime minister's institution building
programme. US and others should acknowledge its limitations, work urgently
on supplementing it, even at expense of peace process
Topic: Farming And Food
Cruelty in farming. The joy of soy. Beware the coming crunches in farmland
and fertiliser. And why so much bad food? Continue reading...
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