Susan McCarty | Utne/Iowa Review | 20 May 2011
Diary of a regional newspaper obituarist. "Most people in Iowa die of old
age, natural causes. The general exception to this is that everyone knows at
least one person who has been killed in a brutal farm machinery accident"
Economics Of Unhappiness
John Quiggin | Chronicle Review | 22 May 2011
Philosophy tells us to be happy with what we have. Economics tells us that
we always want more. Psychology tells us that we aren't any happier even
when we have more. So how can we set about constructing a happier society?
Storm Over Syria
Malise Ruthven | NYRB | 20 May 2011
"How did Syria come to this pass? The regime’s ruthless attachment to power
lies in a complex web of tribal loyalties and networks of patronage
underpinned by a uniquely powerful religious bond." Excellent historical
What Should Apple Buy With Its Billions? A Carrier
Matthew Panzarino | The Next Web | 22 May 2011
Apple sits on a cash pile of $77bn. Maybe it's time to invest in a carrier.
One that could offer unlimited data contracts from as little as $35 a month.
Any candidates? Sprint's 4G Clearwire could be an option Comments
The Elephant In The Green Room
Gabriel Sherman | New York | 22 May 2011
Behind-the-scenes feature on TV executive, Roger Ailes, key figure in the
rise of Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. "He knew there were a couple million
conservatives who were a potential audience, and he built Fox to reach them"
Speaking The Unspeakable
Jenny Diski | NYT | 20 May 2011
"It is a word that belongs colloquially to my anatomy if I choose, but that
has been so appropriated by misogyny and prudery that I am supposed to be
horrified and distressed when it is used, as misogyny and prudery would
Jason Zweig on Personal Finance
The _Wall Street Journal_ personal finance columnist explains why there's
truth in the old adage that investors get the returns they deserve, and
suggests how savers can avoid being taken for a ride
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Book of the Day
The Art of Memory by Frances A Yates
Joshua Foer says: "It’s the book that started the whole field of
academic research into the art of memory. For anyone interested in the
subject, it’s the first thing to read"
Video of the Day
Super Sad True Book Club
Paul Giamatti, Gary Shteyngart and Felix the Dachsund celebrate the
paperback edition of Gary's latest book
Quote of the Day
Penelope Trunk, on harassment
"Sexual harassment will creep up the corporate ladder, as men try to
protect themselves by harassing only women who have careers they need to