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Writing Worth Reading
The Myth Of Ellis Island
Dara Horn | Azure | 7 October 2010
Contrary to widespread belief, US immigration officers didn't write down or
change names of Jewish immigrants. Idea that they did so is another example
of diaspora myth making, common throughout Jewish history
Will You Stop That Infernal Racket?
Justin Ross | Indiana University | 19 October 2010
Scholarly paper "illustrating the concept of externalities in economics by
drawing on the Simpsons". Or, why C. Montgomery Burns dumps his nuclear
waste in public parks, causing mutation in squirrels
Vote For Political Incorrectness
Fiammetta Rocco | Economist | 18 October 2010
Man Booker judges read short-listed novels three times before they vote.
"Not so much a test of literary merit as of indestructibility. The winner is
the book that takes the longest time to fall apart"
Karma Nabulsi | LRB | 18 October 2010
Palestinians as victims of colonialism. Historically, the remedy was
revolution. But the world has moved on. "The language the situation demands
had life only inside an ideology which has now disappeared"
Getting People In The Door
Nina Simon | Museum 2.0 | 18 October 2010
Successful retailers know how to draw people inside. It's mainly simple
things—such as good signage, open doors, clean pavement, clear lines of
sight, convenient opening hours. Museums could learn a lot
Evolutionary Theory Of Suicide
Jesse Bering | Scientific American | 11 October 2010
Speculative inquiry into suicide as an adaptive behavoural strategy. Do we
kill ourselves for the good of the greater gene pool? Possibly. But if so,
why does the practice seem limited to humans?
I Refused To Help My Father Die
Christina Odone | Telegraph | 18 October 2010
Arguments for doctor-assisted suicide are seductive, in many ways decent and
reasonable. But they have to be resisted, otherwise we start off down the
slippery slope towards involuntary euthanasia
Dramatic Turn In West Virginia
Clive Crook | FT | 17 October 2010
Fine report on Senate race pitting Democrat governor Jim Manchin against
Republican outsider John Raese. Should be safe Democrat seat. But to stay
ahead, even Manchin has to run an anti-Obama campaign
Sovereignty In South China Sea
Neal Conan | NPR | 18 October 2010
Highly informative interview with Marvin Ott, political scientist, about
China's growing sea power, and its claim to sovereignty over all South China
sea, including global trade routes, oil and gas deposits
Making Over McDonald's
Ben Paynter | Fast Company | 1 October 2010
Fast-food giant prepares first total makeover since Carter administration.
Big reach up-market, in decor at least. Inspiration from Paris, where French
designer lifted Louvre branch from cheesy to cool
How and why we kill ourselves. Seppuku in Japan, a youth suicide epidemic in
Wales... Continue reading...
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