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A Sorry Book-Burning Spectacle
Rohinton Mistry | Globe & Mail | 20 October 2010
Author responds to Mumbai University's decision to drop his novel from
syllabus with immediate effect after extremist students burn it, demand its
removal. A seat of learning should know better than to bow to a mob
Confessions Of An Agent
Josh Luchs | Sports Illustrated | 12 October 2010
Former NFL agent lifts lid on disreputable, rule-breaking practices of his
business. Cash payments to college football players with their hands out
were only the start of inducements to sign
Abused By Hope
David Rieff | New Republic | 19 October 2010
Intelligent, informative review-essay about why development aid to Africa
has been ineffective, even counter-productive. Pegged to Peter Gill's book,
"Famine and Foreigners: Ethiopia Since Live Aid"
Oliver Burkeman | Guardian | 19 October 2010
Interview with Steven Johnson, about "Where Good Ideas Come From". Great
innovation rarely product of lone genius, sudden breakthrough. More often a
logical next step which may occur to several people at once
Creative Destruction Of Marriage
Will Davies | Potlatch | 19 October 2010
Brilliant fugue provoked by advertisement for Ashley Madison, dating agency
for married people. Will infidelity lose its thrill, safely repackaged as a
consumer product? Will fidelity come to seem eccentric?
The Net Delusion
Evgeny Morozov | Public Affairs | 20 October 2010
Excerpt (PDF) from much-awaited book arguing that new technology in general,
and social media in particular, is not intrinsically a force for freedom,
democracy. The bad guys use it too, and often better
Devin Gordon | GQ | 19 October 2010
Francis Ford Coppola on the making of his great Vietnam film. "It was
becoming more and more surreal. All the pink smoke and strange helicopters.
And three-quarters of the way through, I realised I didn't have an ending"
The Trade Secrets Behind Lyon's Rise
Kieron O'Connor | Swiss Ramble | 19 October 2010
Olympique Lyonnais soared from relative obscurity to become France's top
football club by far, all the while without either wealthy benefactor or
long-serving manager. Here's how they did it
Essays on cloud computing, anti-trust, corporate culture, and Bob the animated
paper clip. From James Fallows, John Heilemann, Ray Ozzie and
others... Continue reading...
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