Newsletter 114


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[2]What Would Auerbach Do?
Beckley Mason | HoopSpeak | 27 September 2010
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Can you measure a basketball player's "heart", his willingness to make
  sacrifices for the team? Boston Celtics legend Red Auerbach shunned stats
  but new analysis is getting closer to what he instinctively knew

[3]Paul Krugman, Incensed And Insistent
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Howard Kurtz | WP | 27 September 2010
  Chatty, enjoyable profile of Nobel-prizewinning economist, NYT columnist,
  self-described "lonely voice" of liberal anger. Nice aside from George Will:
  "If certainty were oil, he'd be Saudi Arabia"

[4]What Happens At Y Combinator
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Paul Graham | 28 September 2010
  If you're interested in how to get a tech start-up organised and launched,
  this short essay is gold dust. If not, you can always pass it by. But that
  would be a pity, because Paul Graham writes well

[5]Conflict in the Caucasus
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Thomas de Waal | Five Books | 27 September 2010
  From our sister site, Five Books. De Waal is a world-class authority on the
  Caucasus, but he wears it lightly. The joy lies in his fine, whimsical
  taste. Who else would throw Dr Seuss into the mix?

[6]Three Development Narratives
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Owen Barder | Owen Abroad | 28 September 2010
  Useful account of competing narratives taking shape around UN millennium
  development goals. (i) Answer is more money. (ii) Answer is more
  accountability. (iii) Problem is inequality, not absolute poverty

[7]Designing Journalism To Be Used
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Jonathan Stray | 19 September 2010
  Rara avis. Constructive, original piece about future of journalism.
  Addresses virtues of Wikipedia, centrality of user experience. High purpose
  of journalism: to spur people into useful action
  [8]The Social Network
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Pete Travers | Rolling Stone | 27 September 2010
  Aaron Sorkin's Facebook story is being hailed as a modern classic, a Citizen
  Kane. This short, sharp review hits all the high notes. "A hard-charging
  beast of a movie with a full tank of creative gas"
  [9]Wagner For A Song
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Alex Ross | NYT | 25 September 2010
  All the conventional wisdom about Wagner is wrong. His operas are a critique
  of power, not a celebration of it. They reject the conventions of classical
  music. He wanted a mass audience, not an elite one

[10]Captain Scott: Second-Rate Hero?
  John Crace | Guardian | 27 September 2010
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New book publishes diary entries his family didn't want read. Antarctic
  explorer revealed to be amateurish, unscrupulous, generally unpleasant.
  Revere Amundsen's professionalism not Scott, says author

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