Hidden Traces Of A Nazi Past
Nicholas Stargardt | TLS | 18 May 2011
Martin Davidson has reconstructed his grandfather's life as a dentist — and
Nazi stormtrooper. "However used we are becoming to the extraordinary range
of family histories in 21st century Britain, there has been nothing like
Is Bitcoin The Wikileaks Of Monetary Policy?
Robert Tercek | Launch | 17 May 2011
Bitcoin is a new virtual currency, offering total anonymity. It's a P2P
solution, so it's outside government control. And it's ringing alarm bells
with economists, bankers and politicians alike. But how threatening is it
Is A Bad Writing System A Good Thing?
Mark Liberman | Language Log | 19 May 2011
English, Japanese, Chinese have worst orthography among major languages.
Which may be useful, if it "creates a meritocracy based on verbal aptitude
and willingness to work hard at difficult and arbitrary socially-prescribed
Roast Chicken For Two, A Recipe
Michael Ruhlman | Slate | 18 May 2011
Step one: Preheat oven. Step two: Wash chicken. Step three: Have sex with
your partner. "And I'm not speaking with tongue in cheek. I'm strongly and
earnestly recommending you make sex part of the routine of cooking". Here's
An Honest Blog Post
Richard Seddon | Parboiled Comics | 18 May 2011
A story. And a request. "August 11th 2010. That was the day I found out. I'd
been to see my doctor week after week with mouth ulcers. I was repeatedly
told I had an oral infection and that antibiotics would knock it out"
Scenes From China
Various | Atlantic | 18 May 2011
A tour of China in 48 photographs, shot as we approach 90 years of Communist
rule. Landscapes, cityscapes and portraits from across this vast country
Lawrence F Kaplan on US Intervention
The foreign affairs commentator explains why US presidents have less room to
manoeuvre on foreign policy than they think, and why President Obama has had
to set aside his “minimalist” inclinations
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Book of the Day
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
Erica Jong says: "The French literary world is incredibly sexist and
here was one of their darlings pointing out how much they discriminate"
Video of the Day
Arguably the best newspaper turkey ever roasted. But do I hear an onion?
Quote of the Day
Scott Adams, on babies
"Humans start their lives at the peak of their popularity. You will never
regain the personal appeal you enjoyed as a baby"