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V.S. Naipaul, Misanthrope Abroad
William Boyd | TLS | 6 October 2010
Damning review of Naipaul's latest book about Africa, full of "sneer and
dismay". Ends up being a book about Naipaul, not about Africa. "We know too
much about V. S. Naipaul, now, we have too much information"
Tribune's Bankrupt Culture
David Carr | NYT | 5 October 2010
Jaw-dropping tales of Chicago newspaper group's collapse, after 2007
purchase by real-estate tycoon Sam Zell. New management had good parties,
but never came close to understanding business, servicing debt
Trapping The Lord Of War
Benjamin Bidder | Spiegel | 6 October 2010
Big, thrilling investigation into Viktor Bout, black-market Russian arms
dealer, recently captured in Thailand. Portrays him as intelligent, calm,
exacting businessman. No scruples, no ideology
Drunk-Dialling With Kindle
Elif Batuman | Guardian | 2 October 2010
Author finds that possessing a Kindle reader makes it all too easy to
impulse-buy books when intoxicated. Short thrillers go down best. "For the
past few months, I have barely read anything except Poirot novels"
The Blundering Herd
Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera | Vanity Fair | 6 October 2010
Otherwise known as, when Goldman Sachs envy strikes. Highly readable,
damning account of Merrill Lynch's "blind stampede into unprecedented risk"
and subsequent crash. CEO Sam O'Neal gets the blame
Battle Of Billionaires
Joseph Chamie | Globalist | 4 October 2010
China versus India. 1.35bn versus 1.21bn. Two-fifths of world's population.
Median ages of 34 and 25 respectively. Life expectancy 10 years more in
China. Fertility rate: China 1.8, India 2.8
The Cold Truth
Morgan Meis | Smart Set | 5 October 2010
A simple mistake; a secret whispered to a wife by a surviving crew member;
that secret finally revealed years later. Thoughts on the latest revelation
about why Titanic hit an iceberg and sank
Greil Marcus | Barnes & Noble Review | 5 October 2010
Positive review of Philip Roth's latest novel in which author recreates
terror that strikes New Jersey town in polio outbreak. Reviewer praises
Roth's empathy with his characters, takes sideswipe at Franzen
Bearded Lady No More
Allison Landa | Salon | 4 October 2010
Unflinching account of woman's decision to take control of her appearance.
They called me "werewolf" at school because of genetic disorder that gave me
excessive body hair. Now I'm trying laser hair removal
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