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Who Killed Sir Harry Oakes?
William Boyd | Guardian | 13 November 2010
In 1943 the richest man in the Bahamas was bludgeoned to death. Who killed
him, and why? And what was the involvement of a former British monarch?
Author explains his fascination with the case, how he put it in a novel
Stand Up For Courage And Conviction
Frank Furedi | Frank Furedi | 13 November 2010
Why is someone looking after a parent a "carer", not son or daughter? Why
don't firefighters let bystanders help the injured? It's time to stop this
bureaucratisation of everyday life, this undermining of public virtue
How Sport Went Global
Simon Kuper | FT | 12 November 2010
Sports fans used to support local teams, but not any more. Cable TV
globalised sport, concentrating spoils in tiny elite of western clubs. Never
before have so many people around the world watched so few athletes
China Buys Up World
Editorial | Economist | 11 November 2010
China’s state-owned firms on shopping spree. Let them buy. Sovereign wealth
funds, loss of confidence in market models, brings rebound in state
ownership. More China invests abroad, more it absorbs western values
Obama Takes Asia by Sea
Robert Kaplan | NYT | 11 November 2010
India’s emergence as great Eurasian power constitutes best news for American
strategists since end of cold war. Merely by rising, democratic India
balances statist China. Indonesia a useful friend, too
Ed Dante | Chronicle Review | 12 November 2010
Ghost-writer of college papers tells all. "It's not implausible to write a
75-page paper in two days. It's just miserable. I don't need much sleep, and
when I get cranking, I can churn out four or five pages an hour"
James Frey's Fiction Factory
Suzanne Mozes | New York | 11 November 2010
Writer of bogus memoirs bounces back with new project: fiction factory
modelled on Damien Hirst's art workshop. Assistants write books, get 30%-40%
of revenues. Frey does the polish, makes the sales
Danger Of Cosmic Genius
Kenneth Brower | Atlantic | 13 November 2010
Freeman Dyson, academia's most celebrated, and otherwise revered,
global-warming skeptic. Force-of-nature intellect. Genius in physics,
mathematics, medicine. How can he be so wrong on climate change?
I Think We Lost The Election
P.J. O'Rourke | Weekly Standard | 13 November 2010
Who won the mid-term elections? Career politicians. Which means that voters
lost. Public interest best served when every seat in Congress is occupied by
a competent person who doesn't want to be there
Sleepless In Seoul
Tim Harford | Tim Harford | 13 November 2010
Jet-lag plays a bigger part in world affairs than we care to admit. Should
the future of the world economy be decided by a group of men who, after
flying to Korea, just want to curl up in a corner and sleep?
Spheres Of Influence
George Packer | NYT | 11 November 2010
Review of essays by Tim Garton Ash. "He wants to live in a Europe where
millions of believing Muslims feel welcome so that they don’t turn to jihad,
and Hirsi Ali’s exacting standard makes it harder"
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