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I Think You're Fat
A.J. Jacobs | Esquire | 24 June 2010
What would happen if we stopped lying, for fear of hurting others' feelings,
and just told the truth? Virginia-based psychotherapist says do just that.
Magazine reporter gives it a try
Sonallah Ibrahim's Act Of Reckoning
Ursula Lindsey | The National | 24 June 2010
Sympathetic profile of great Egyptian writer, chronicler of his country's
malaise. His latest novel a melancholy, masterful, very adult investigation
of his past
John McWhorter | New Republic | 24 June 2010
Studious black pupils mocked by peers for "acting white". Drags down
performance, widens black-white scholastic gap. Originates in 1960s
desegregation, needs to be corrected
Letters Of Pliny The Younger
Michael Dirda | Barnes & Noble Review | 24 June 2010
Charming essay on Roman life in first century AD, including eruption of
Vesuvius. Pliny's letters spiced with tales of haunted houses, Vestal
virgins, "strange cultists known as Christians"
Marc Lynch | Foreign Affairs | July 2010
Essay on political Islam and West, centred on Tariq Ramadan and his
pragmatic challenge to fundamentalism. Long piece, slow to build, quite hard
work, but well worth effort
Does Surveillance Make Us Morally Better?
Emrys Westacott | Philosophy Now | 24 June 2010
More CCTV makes it more likely that transgressions will be detected,
punished. People will form rule-abiding habits. But does this conditioning
stunt our growth as moral individuals?
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