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Role Reversal: TV And Film
Edward J. Epstein | Hollywood Economist | 13 October 2010
Plausible theory as to why American films have got so much worse, television
so much better. It's a case of revenue models. Cable subscriptions drive TV,
merchandising and foreign sales drive films
Education Of President Obama
Peter Baker | NYT | 12 October 2010
Engaging profile of president at bay. Useful backgrounder for mid-terms.
Obama over-estimated his own powers of persuasion, underestimated
opposition. Needs to make fresh start, as Bill Clinton did in 1994.
Mary Warnock | Five Books | 10 October 2010
Philosopher discusses books which argue the case for a morality independent
of religious belief. From David Hume to Philip Pullman, by way of Jane
Austen, Richard Holloway and G.E.M. Anscombe
Landscape And Architecture
Václav Havel | Forum 2000 | 10 October 2010
Despairing reflection on urban sprawl as a product of human wealth and
pride. Modern West an "atheistic civilisation". Problem not so much loss of
religion, more loss of humility, loss of mystery
A Primer On The Foreclosure Crisis
John Carney | NetNet | 11 October 2010
Just what the title says. Highly readable guide to why American banks are
having trouble foreclosing on mortgage defaulters: because the banks'
paperwork isn't in order. And whether it matters: yes, a lot
What's Working In Music
Anonymous | Economist | 7 October 2010
Music industry growing again, though record companies not benefiting.
Live-concert revenues have tripled, thanks to higher ticket prices.
Merchandise and TV royalties also booming. CDs sell mainly to older people
Topic: Steve Jobs
Interviews, profiles, parodies, and even an obituary, tracking the life of
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