The Monster And Monterrey
Nik Steinberg | The Nation | 25 May 2011
Crazy politics of Mexico's drug wars. "Sceptical of the ability of police
and courts to bring those responsible to justice, citizens increasingly see
no option except taking the law into their own hands. The results can be
Tyler Cowen And The "Great Stagnation"
Brendan Greeley | Bloomberg | 27 May 2011
Profile of world's greatest blogger, 16th-most influential economist,
voracious reader, "agony aunt", ethnic food guru, chess champion, and author
of 15 books, including this year's zeitgeist-capturing "Great Stagnation"
The Places In Between
Paul Theroux | FT | 27 May 2011
Good travel writing should be "a species of trespass combined with true
discovery". Having a bad time is helpful. "I want to read about the
miserable, difficult, inhospitable places; the forbidden cities and the back
It Can Never Be As Bad In Fiction As It Is In Real Life
Ken Kesey | Letters Of Note | 25 May 2011
Author defends stage version of _One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest_. "People
who saw the play as being about a mental hospital are the sort that would
fault _Moby Dick_ for being an exaggerated story about a boat" Comments
One Hundred Years Of The Indy 500
Charles Leerhsen | Smithsonian | 20 May 2011
Wonderful account of the first Indy 500 car race, held on 30 May 1911.
Thrilling, horrifying, at times comical but compelling reading throughout.
Features 40 daring drivers, dramatic crashes, confusion over the eventual
I Was A 17-Year-Old Pornographer
Steven Heller | Salon | 26 May 2011
Hapless former art director of New York Review of Sex (& Politics) tells
entertaining story of his arrest. "I told the police that my distributor
accused me of being the only person in New York who could make a sex paper
Dambisa Moyo on The West vs The Rest
The author and economist argues that the West is in decline, the U.S. faces
structural unemployment, and authoritarian states like China are in many
ways better positioned to deal with financial busts
A collection of hand-picked articles and interviews with leading authorities
on the biggest sport in the world
Book of the Day
Poems on the Underground by Gerard Benson, Judith Chernaik, Cicely Herbert
Roger McGough says: "What’s great is the choice of poems: a mix of the
classics, William Blake and Dante, with many modern poems"
Video of the Day
"Too Big To Fail" In 80 Seconds
Bank-crash film boiled down to its essential narrative: bankers swearing
Quote of the Day
Pierre Bordieu, on self-awareness
"It is because subjects do not, strictly speaking, know what they are
doing, that what they do has more meaning than they know"