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Dogs Don't Understand Moving
Allie Brosh | Hyperbole And A Half | 17 November 2010
Beautifully illustrated account of moving house across America with two
dogs—one simple and one neurotic. A delightful read, if you have a weakness
for dog psychology. Otherwise, just enjoy the pictures
Sex With Someone With Asperger's
Penelope Trunk | Brazen Careerist | 18 November 2010
Pretty much the definition of oversharing. Decidedly NSFW, or many homes.
But she's such a great writer, this cries out to be recommended. And it's
the one chance you'll get to read a piece this frank
Jonathan Elphick | Five Books | 19 November 2010
Ornithologist discusses birds in science, art, literature, history,
folklore, and recommends his favourite books in the field. Funny,
surprising, often lyrical conversation, interesting throughout
Manny Pacquiao Doesn't Scale It Back
Bill Dwyre | LA Times | 14 November 2010
World's best pound-for-pound fighter, Philippine congressman Manny Pacquiao,
wins eighth world boxing title in eight weight divisions. It's never been
done before. And it probably won't ever be done again
Will Davies | Potlatch | 14 November 2010
Short, sharp blog post. Britain's centre-right coalition evolves
conservative Rawlsian ideology. Treats inequalities as given, even those it
creates. Question becomes, how to treat inequalities "fairly"
I Hate To Tell You ...
Erin McKean | Boston Globe | 14 November 2010
When someone says, "It's not about the money ...", it's about the money.
When they say, "I hate to tell you ...", they want to tell you. An anthology
of disclaimers used to mask our motives from ourselves
An All-Time Great Marine
Max Boot | WSJ | 13 November 2010
"When he entered the Academy he was 5'4'' and 116 pounds". And Jewish, and
previously married, though he concealed both. Persuaded the Marines to adopt
landing craft, helicopters. Died at 95
Edward Glaeser | City Journal | 15 November 2010
Enthralling tales of historic New York entrepreneurship: Jeremiah Thompson,
inventor of on-time freight shipping; Isaac Roosevelt, sugar refiner; A.E.
Lefcourt, bootblack to property billionaire. More such needed
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"
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
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"
Gropers To Gropees: Shut Up
Ken | Popehat | 12 November 2010
Fine diatribe against US Transport Security Administration and its
backscatter x-rays. "Americans are as close as they have been since 9/11 to
calling bullshit on the ever-increasing Security Theater"
Topic: Airport Security
A few things to read while you wait to be groped, probed, swabbed,
backscattered, de-shoed, nude x-... Continue reading...
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