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Writing Worth Reading
Joe Posnanski | Joe Blogs | 10 November 2010
If you like Bruce Springsteen, you will probably love this piece, about the
making of "Darkness on the Edge of Town", and its missing masterpiece. Even
if you don't like Springsteen, prepare to shed a tear
Address To Corduroy Appreciation Club
Jesse Thorn | Put This On | 11 November 2010
"Corduroy is a fabric built to take on the world. Tuck your corduroy
trousers into your boots and feed the pigs. Roll up your corduroy sleeves
and bring in the harvest". And beware the enemy: velvet
What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones?
Charlie LeDuff | Mother Jones | 12 November 2010
Amazing stuff from Charlie Le Duff, one of America's best reporters. Death
of seven-year girl in Detroit police raid provides starting point for epic
account of city's collapse into poverty, violence
Obituary: P. Lal
Anonymous | Economist | 11 November 2010
Wonderful portrait of Indian publisher who discovered Vikram Seth, Dilip
Hiro, Anita Desai. Each of his editions "was bound in bright handloom cloth,
and hand-stitched so tightly that it would open with a creak'
Writer’s Writer’s Writer
Julian Barnes | LRB | 11 November 2010
On the history and problems of translating Flaubert into English, "Madame
Bovary" in particular. At least 15 versions published in past 120 years.
Trend has been "away from smoothness and towards authenticity"
MacIntyre On Money
John Cornwell | Prospect | 20 October 2010
Philosopher says financial industry is intrinsically bad. Participants aim
to transfer risks to others, without telling them. And keep rewards for
themselves. "The better the trader, the more morally despicable"
Courts Help Banks Screw Homeowners
Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone | 10 November 2010
Report from "rocket docket" court in Jacksonville, Florida, where banks
repossess homes. Doesn't seem to matter if they've lost the paperwork, or
faked it, or they've got the wrong house. Judge nods it all through
12 Rules For Making A Good Publication
Alexis Madrigal | Atlantic | 11 November 2010
Guidelines for an editor of The Atlantic, from an unknown mid-20th-century
hand. Touching reminder of what a cosy place old media used to be. "Don't
over-edit. You will estrange an author by too elaborate a revision"
South Sea QE
Buttonwood | Economist | 11 November 2010
Mischievous, worrying comparison of 18th-century South Sea Bubble with
present-day quantitative easing. Money is created for the purpose of buying
government debt. Short-lived wealth effect drives up asset prices
Canadian Universities: "Too Asian"
Stephanie Findlay | Maclean's | 10 November 2010
White Canadian students—as interviewed here—steer clear of universities with
high Asian enrolment. Too much academic competition, not enough fun.
Reasonable viewpoint, or thinly-veiled racism?
How Baidu Won China
Brad Stone et al | Business Week | 11 November 2010
Chinese search giant beats back Google. Censors search results at behest of
government. Rigs results in favour of paid advertisers, allegedly. Hosts
pirated content. Says it's not evil, just misunderstood
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