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What Would Auerbach Do?
Beckley Mason | HoopSpeak | 27 September 2010
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
Paul Krugman, Incensed And Insistent
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"
What Happens At Y Combinator
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
Conflict in the Caucasus
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?
Three Development Narratives
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
Designing Journalism To Be Used
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
The Social Network
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"
Wagner For A Song
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
Captain Scott: Second-Rate Hero?
John Crace | Guardian | 27 September 2010
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
Essays on the history of Facebook, the character of Mark Zuckerberg, and the
impact of social media...Continue reading...
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