Newsletter 177


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Writing Worth Reading

[2]The Night Santana Conned Me
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Sarah Fister Gale | Salon | 8 December 2010

Well, not the Santana. In fact not a Santana at all. But still. When a guy
  looks like a rock star, and behaves like one, and sits next to you on the
  plane, and takes you to a night club—what's a girl to do?

[3]Perils Of Ideology
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Peter Hitchens | Five Books | 9 December 2010

British journalist discusses and recommends favourite political novels from
  Stalinist era. Rewarding, esoteric selection. Starts with a lesser-known
  Eric Ambler, followed by a salute to Lionel Davidson

[4]The Impact Of Anonymous
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Evgeny Morozov | Net Effect | 9 December 2010

Cyber-attacks  on  Visa,  Mastercard, are playing with fire. Wikileaks
  narrative   should  be  about  freedom  of  expression,  transparency,
  whistle-blowing. Not about hacker-gangs as threats to national security

[5]Steve Wolfe’s Superflat Simulacra
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William Poundstone | Lacmonfire | 6 December 2010

Exhibition review, reflecting on the nature and virtues of trompe l'oeil
  art. At its best, does it perfectly reproduce nature? Or merely come close
  enough to confuse, underlining the gap between art and life?

[6]Social Science Palooza
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David Brooks | NYT | 6 December 2010

Why beautiful women should take up chess, and more findings from recent
  social science studies of human behaviour. Enjoyable and educational. "A day
  without social science is like a day without sunshine"

[7]The Information Palace
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James Gleick | NYR Blog | 9 December 2010

Etymology  of the word "information", as tracked by the Oxford English
  Dictionary.  Current  definition runs to 9,400 words, "the length of a
  novella". Modern usage, describing flows of data, dates from 1948

[8]Interactive Storytelling: An Oxymoron
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Nicholas Carr | Rough Type | 8 December 2010

Advocates  of interactive storytelling have a political agenda, not an
  artistic one. "The author is the father who has to be slain before culture
  can be liberated from its elitist, patriarchal shackles"

[9]
Sweden
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Scott Adams | Dilbert Blog | 8 December 2010

The Julian Assange affair, and the place of Sweden in the world, captured in
  about 400 words. "If your condom breaks, that's jail time. What I'm saying
  is that the Club Med in Sweden is a nervous place"

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Jaw-Dropping Literary Genius
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Chuck Klosterman | GQ | 6 December 2010

Relaxed, sympathetic profile of Jonathan Franzen, with snippets of Q&A. Lots
  on David Foster Wallace, who, until his suicide, was Franzen's main rival
  for the title of greatest living American novelist

[11]Interview: John Pistole, TSA Chief
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James Fallows & Jeffrey Goldberg | Atlantic | 8 December 2010

Head of America's transport security agency, 26-year FBI veteran, defends
  airport airport screening procedures, in long interview with two prominent
  critics. Most of the time he gets the best of the argument
    * [12]Rough Cut
      Aron Ralston | Outside | 4 November 2010
      In  the film "127 Hours", James Franco plays Aron Ralston, who was
      trapped in a Utah canyon by a fallen boulder, and freed himself by
      cutting off his arm. Here, Ralston reflects on his ordeal, as life and
      as art
    * [13]On His Majesty's Secret Service
      Dominic Sandbrook | New Republic | 8 December 2010
      History of MI6 reviewed, most enjoyably. Founding director wore a false
      beard, cut off one of his own legs with a penknife. Employed Graham
      Greene, Somerset Maugham. Agents used human semen as invisible ink
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[14]Topic: STIEG LARSSON'S SWEDEN
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Essays on the Millennium trilogy, the man who wrote it, the country in which
  it is set, the murder that inspired it—and what to read next... [15]Continue
  reading...
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[16]Today on FiveBooks: Mira Kirshenbaum on Relationship Therapy
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      16. http://fivebooks.com

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