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Writing Worth Reading
Paul Barrett | Five Books | 17 November 2010
Palaeontologist discusses and recommends books on dinosaurs.
"Heterodontosaurus, a very cute early plant-eating dinosaur, was about the
size of a Labrador. Would probably have made a good household pet"
Taking A Shyne To Judaism
David Brinn | Jerusalem Post | 12 November 2010
Shyne was born poor in Belize. Found fame as American rapper. Jailed after
gun-fight in New York nightclub, defending P. Diddy. Now he's a pious hasid
in Jerusalem. And his father is prime minister of Belize.
Let's Hope Her Prince Isn't Like His Dad
Julie Burchill | Independent | 17 November 2010
"Unlike the cute but dorky teenage Diana, Kate is fantastically well-groomed
and gorgeously put-together. If only she'd aimed a little higher, she'd have
made a top-flight air stewardess"
Adapting To Climate Change
Bjorn Lomborg | WP | 17 November 2010
Potential rise of a few inches in sea levels provokes panic. But Tokyo, port
city, has subsided 15 feet since 1930, and has coped. Humans are good at
adaptation. It's not a long-term solution, but it buys time
Royal Fairy Tales
Christopher Howse | Telegraph | 17 November 2010
Royal marriages have rarely gone smoothly. At least one partner has usually
been unfaithful, or drunk, or Catholic, or German. That should not stop us
wishing Prince William and Kate Middleton well
The Palin Network
Robert Draper | NYT Magazine | 17 November 2010
Unfocused but always interesting portrait of Palin during 2010 mid-terms,
and the team she may use to run for president in 2012. Revealing detail on
her decision to quit governorship of Alaska in 2009
Anonymous | Economist | 17 November 2010
Prisons are packed with psychopaths. They are smart. They have no guilt or
shame. They don't understand social contracts. Research suggests genetic
basis. Is it an aberration, or a product of natural selection?
Stacy Schiff | Smithsonian | 17 November 2010
Thoroughly engaging reassessment of Egyptian ruler. "She knew how to build a
fleet, suppress an insurrection, control a currency. A genuinely powerful
woman, she nonetheless survives as a wanton temptress"
Rethinking Quarterback Stats
Mike Sielski | WSJ | 17 November 2010
NFL ratings assess passing but don't count rushing yards or touchdowns run
in. Breathtaking all-round performance of Eagles quarterback, Michael Vick,
makes this look outdated, irrelevant. New system required
Diseases Of Affluence
Kevin Patterson | Maisonneuve | 15 November 2010
Surgeon contrasts bodies of rich and poor, prompted by internship in Afghan
hospital. "Every loop of bowel was visible, unobscured by mesenteric fat,
which, in Canadians, clings to every organ like yellow oily cake"
Romain Gary: Au Revoir Et Merci
David Bellos | Telegraph | 12 November 2010
Delirious life of French intellectual. Born in Russia. Fought with De
Gaulle. Diplomat. Popular novelist. Challenged Clint Eastwod to duel.
Married Jean Seberg. Wrote hoax novel that won Goncourt. Suicide
With Friends Like These
Anthony Cordesman | National Interest | 16 November 2010
US-Afghan rift widens. "It is far from clear that we are fighting the same
war. For Karzai and those around him, the war now seems a struggle to stay
in power and not one to create effective Afghan governance"
Why Ajax Are No Longer Dutch Masters
Kieron O'Connor | Swiss Ramble | 16 November 2010
Great club of Cruyff and Neeskens, pioneer of "total football", is not the
force it was. Astute and interesting analysis identifies the reasons, some
common to Dutch football, others peculiarly specific to Ajax
Topic: Front-Line Detroit
Charlie LeDuff, Blogger John and others report on a collapsing city. "If
you're not capable of... Continue reading...
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