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Art Of Elections
Ali Abdel Mohsen | Al-Masry Al-Youm | 26 November 2010
How Egypt's poster-artists see the election. “It’s like a race between
campaign managers. They’re constantly searching for the lowest price, so
that they can pocket the rest of the budget they’ve been given.”
What's In Amazon's Box?
Brad Stone | Business Week | 24 November 2010
Nice sidelight on Amazon Prime. "Most ingenious and effective customer
loyalty program in all of e-commerce, if not retail". US customers pay $79 a
year for free shipping on all orders. Why $79? Prime number
Write Like A Victorian
Paul Collins | Slate | 26 November 2010
"How To Write Fiction", first modern self-help guide for writers, published
in 1895. Much of its advice remains startlingly recognisable: "No man ought
to make the writing of fiction his sole business"
Africa Needs Aid, Not Flawed Theories
Bill Gates | WSJ | 27 November 2010
Philanthropist debates Matt Ridley, author of "Rational Optimist". Says
Ridley is wrong to argue that humanitarian aid doesn't do much good, and
wrong to say threat of climate change is over-rated
The Limits Of Power
John Major | Telegraph | 26 November 2010
Superb speech by under-rated ex-prime minister explaining why, in politics,
things rarely turn out quite the way that anybody wants. Interesting
digressions on Mrs Thatcher, EMU, coalition government
Yuletide Gift Of Kindness
Ted Gup | Smithsonian | 25 November 2010
Anonymous philanthropist gives money to poor families in Ohio in 1933. Trove
of letters in 2008 reveals his identity. Now his grandson traces recipients,
collects "wrenching" memories of Great Depression
All Good Things
Charles Bagli et al | NYT | 24 November 2010
Film implicates New York real estate tycoon Robert Durst, redeveloper of
Times Square, in three killings. Durst is OK with it. “The movie, I did
think, is as reasonably accurate as anything out there"
Barry Forshaw | Five Books | 27 November 2010
Critic recommends books on film noir: "crisp black and white photography,
glistening rain-swept streets, the femme fatale with the marcel wave smoking
in a bar, and the hero who's going to end up in a bad way"
Putting Pay In Perspective
Tim Harford | 27 November 2010
Would you rather have annual income of $70,000 today—or $70,000 in 1900?
American students say "today", although $70,000 in 1900 money would be worth
$2m now. Advances in tech, healthcare, outweigh cash
Red Bull: Empire With Wings
Klaus Brinkbaumer et al | Spiegel | 26 November 2010
Portrait of Austrian-based energy-drink giant Red Bull, and its founder's
obsession with sport. Goes beyond sponsorship: Red Bull buys athletes,
clubs, entire sports. Financed career of F1 champion from age 11
An Irrational Guide To Gifts
Dan Ariely | Dan Ariely | 26 November 2010
Behavioural economist investigates the principles of optimal gift-giving.
Starting proposition: “A good gift is something that someone really wants,
but feels guilty about buying for themselves.”
Topic: China's Rise
Paul Kennedy, Niall Ferguson, Richard MacGregor and others on the history,
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