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Writing Worth Reading
On Filming "Any Human Heart"
William Boyd | Telegraph | 5 November 2010
"Is there a moment in our lives that inclines us to begin to form the events
of our life into a narrative of some sort; to try to see a shape?" Author
reflects on love, personal biography, dramatisation of his 2002 novel
Jane Croft and Michael Peel | FT | 5 November 2010
English divorce law in a mess, particularly for wealthy. Recent judgement
favouring a pre-nup far from end of the matter. Still not clear what
validates, invalidates agreements, what legal weight they'll have
Allow Me To Correct A Few Things
Bill Wyman | Slate | 5 November 2010
Highly enjoyable imagined response of Mick Jagger to Keith Richards'
autobiography. Too well written for true parody perhaps, but who can resist
description of Mick and Keith as a pair of "priapic jackals"
The Rise Of The Tao
Ian Johnson | NYT Magazine | 5 November 2010
Chinese religious revival under way, tolerated uneasily by government.
Buddhism for middle class, Islam for minorities, Christianity for
yuppies—and huge rural boom in Taoism, which mixes religion and philosophy
Observations On Elevator Etiquette
Krystal D'Costa | Scientific American | 4 November 2010
Americans spend a lot of time in elevators, but don't really like them.
Don't quite trust their safety. Don't feel easy pressed together with
strangers. Feels equally awkward to talk, and to remain silent
The Hippy And The Expressionists
Anonymous | Spiegel | 5 November 2010
Swinging couple awash with money fascinates German town. Unmasked as art
forgers, specialising in second-rank expressionist paintings. May have
passed off 34 fakes over 15 years. Excellent reporting
Americans Against Themselves
Ronald Dworkin | NYR Blog | 5 November 2010
Republicans are the problem, not the solution. "If someone burned down your
house, you would not fire your new contractor because he had not rebuilt it
overnight, then hire the arsonist to finish the job"
What Technology Wants
Jerry Coyne | NYT | 5 November 2010
Biologist dismantles Kevin Kelly's theory of technology as a "living
organism, animated by same evolutionary forces that resulted in human
brain". This misunderstands evolution, blurs into mysticism
Topic: 2010 Mid-Terms
Obama rebuffed. What happened, why it happened, what happens
next. Continue reading...
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