Newsletter 131


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Writing Worth Reading

[2]Matthew Weiner On "Mad Men"
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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"

[3]When Insider Trading Rules Don't Apply
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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?

[4]The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide
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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

[5]All Roads Lead To Istanbul
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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

[6]Government By Search Engine
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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

[7]On Wrongness
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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"

[8]Obituary: Benoit Mandelbrot
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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?

[9]Confounding Fathers
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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,

[10]From Russia With Blood
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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

[11]Topic: Suicide
How and why we kill ourselves. Seppuku in Japan, a youth suicide epidemic in
Wales... [12]Continue reading...
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[13]Today on FiveBooks: Wrongness
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