Newsletter 175


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Writing Worth Reading

[2]Sharing The Dakota With John Lennon
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Christine Haughney | NYT | 6 December 2010

He and Yoko weren't terribly popular, as neighbours. "In addition to two
  seventh-floor apartments, they bought three other apartments, to use for
  storage, a work studio for Ms. Ono, and an apartment for guests"

[3]
Wikileaks, Secrecy, And East Timor
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      3. http://b.rw/dZDJKe

Aaron Bady | zunguzungu | 7 December 2010

Outstanding essay on diplomatic secrecy. "If anyone has examples of a time
  when government secrecy was used for something other than exerting force in
  support of self-interest, I'd like to hear them"

[4]
Just Hold Me
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      4. http://b.rw/f26IhS

Dave Johns | Slate | 7 December 2010

Do real men like to cuddle? Tactile reporter investigates, trying out a
  "cuddle party" and tangling with the "When Harry Met Sally" question of
  whether sex always gets in the way. Enjoyable stuff

[5]
Make Something Happen!
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      5. http://b.rw/hN0jvi

Julian Bell | LRB | 2 December 2010

Essay  on  17th-century  Italian  art. Clever, funny, thrilling in its
  irreverence. Posits Salvator Rosa, Reni and Caravaggio as forerunners of the
  modern artist, in their sensibility and in their business methods

[6]
How I Killed Pluto
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Mike Brown | Atlantic | 7 December 2010

Astronomer tell of discovering new orbiting body, Xena, thereby igniting
  year-long scientific debate about how to define a planet. Upshot was that
  Xena didn't get planetary status, and Pluto was demoted

[7]
Utopia
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Charlie Stross | Charlie's Diary | 5 December 2010

Short, enjoyable blog post. "To a conservative, the first priority is not to
  lose track of what's good about the past". But that creates a bias against
  change. We need more utopian visions, to spur innovation

[8]
End Burma's Isolation
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Thant Myint-U | Guernica | 6 December 2010

Historian argues for more pragmatic Western policies towards post-election
  Burma. Lift sanctions. End local wars. Nurture more complex economy, more
  outward-looking society. Let democracy grow out of that

[9]
Don Blankenship, Dark Lord of Coal Country
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Jeff Goodell | Rolling Stone | 29 November 2010

"He  buys  judges like cheap hookers, treats workers like dogs, blasts
  mountains to get at a few inches of coal, and he earns $18 million a year."
  One week after this profile was published, Blankenship quit

[10]
Why Are There No Great Women Chefs?
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Charlotte Druckman | Gastronomica | 1 December 2010

Of course there are, but Americans class women as cooks. Food Network full
  of them. To be called a great chef, you need business acumen, celebrity,
  marketability, which are male-skewed qualities

[11]
Wikileaks And The Long Haul
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      11. http://b.rw/i5HHNa

Clay Shirky | 6 December 2010

"Over  the  long  haul, we will need new checks and balances for newly
  increased transparency". But the way to introduce them is through democratic
  process. Not by hustling ISPs into booting Wikileaks offline

[12]
Evan Kohlmann, Terrorist Search Engine
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      12. http://b.rw/gqJb5H

Wesley Yang | New York | 5 December 2010

Profile of US government's top expert witness in Islamic terrorist cases. He
  doesn't speak Arabic. He's never been to Iraq or Pakistan. He gets it all
  from the internet. Is he a genius, or a stooge?

[13]
On Climate Change
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Roger Pielke | Five Books | 7 December 2010

Professor of environmental studies talks about the climate-change debate,
  recommends books illuminating it. Interesting throughout, especially on the
  limitations of top-down thinking, or "policy-wonk hubris"

[14]My Zombie, Myself
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Chuck Klosterman | NYT | 3 December 2010

Zombies have captured America's imagination. "Walking Dead" TV show gets
  almost twice the viewers of "Mad Men". Goes down well, because killing
  zombies is mindless, repetitive. Like killing time in modern life

[15]
Topic: Railways
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Tony  Judt, A.L. Kennedy, David Sedaris, Tim Judah, Graeme Wood on the
  reality and romance of trains... [16]Continue reading...
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      16. http://thebrowser.com/topics/railways

[17]Today on FiveBooks: Dan Cruickshank on Architectural History
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      17. http://fivebooks.com

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