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Writing Worth Reading
Matthew Weiner On "Mad Men"
Dave Itzkoff | NYT | 17 October 2010
"My job is to channel the feelings I have about society right now, the
things I’m feeling about our isolation, about our ambiguous relationship
with materialism, about failure, about our declining self-esteem"
When Insider Trading Rules Don't Apply
Ann Woolner | Bloomberg | 14 October 2010
Members of the US Congress and their staff have access to inside
information, and some have made suspiciously well-timed investments. Why
don't insider trading laws apply to them, and what can be done about it?
The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide
Jesse Green | New York | 17 October 2010
Profile of Tony Kushner as playwright, public intellectual. Could usefully
be a bit shorter and/or more structured, but full of interesting things,
including Kushner's take on Obama and gay marriage
All Roads Lead To Istanbul
James Traub | Foreign Policy | 15 October 2010
Useful backgrounder on Turkey's successful emergence as a regional power in
Middle East, with global ambitions. West should be supportive, even though
Turkey now a more difficult, less biddable partner
Government By Search Engine
Christopher Caldwell | FT | 15 October 2010
Google is everywhere: producing economic indicators, predicting diseases,
diversifying into power generation, testing driverless cars. Fine example of
private enterprise—and worrying vector of centralisation
Kathryn Schulz | Five Books | 18 October 2010
"One day, the lights of the car behind might turn out to be midgets holding
torches". Author recommends and discusses books about the many ways of being
wrong, beginning with St Augustine's "Confessions"
Obituary: Benoit Mandelbrot
Anonymous | Telegraph | 17 October 2010
Clear, non-technical explanation of how Mandelbrot developed fractal
geometry, enlivened with just the right amount of biographical anecdote. Can
it be true that he never learned the alphabet?
Sean Wilentz | New Yorker | 16 October 2010
Appraisal of Tea Party's historical roots. This is not a modern middle-class
rebellion, it is a revival of the ideology that animated the John Birch
Society through the Cold War and into the 1960s,
From Russia With Blood
C.J. Chivers | Foreign Policy | 15 October 2010
Long, highly readable interview with author of book on Kalashnikov
rifle—AK-47—and how this light, cheap, durable weapon changed the
fundamentals of ground warfare, empowered guerillas
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