Newsletter 133


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Writing Worth Reading

[2]A Sorry Book-Burning Spectacle
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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

[3]Confessions Of An Agent
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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

[4]
Abused By Hope
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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"

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Eureka Moments
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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

[6]Creative Destruction Of Marriage
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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?

[7]The Net Delusion
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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

[8]Apocalypse, Again
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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"

[9]
The Trade Secrets Behind Lyon's Rise
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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

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Topic: Microsoft
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Essays on cloud computing, anti-trust, corporate culture, and Bob the animated
paper clip. From James Fallows, John Heilemann, Ray Ozzie and
others... [11]Continue reading...
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[12]Today on FiveBooks: Kwame Anthony Appiah on Honour
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