Why Are The French So Determined To Run The IMF?
Simon Johnson | Baseline Scenario | 3 June 2011
If economics isn't your area, this will make the scales fall from your eyes.
Superb, concise commentary on eurozone financial troubles and the IMF, by
the fund's former chief economist. Thanks @polit2k for alerting us
Interview With Joe Sacco
Hillary Chute | The Believer | 1 June 2011
Interview with cartoonist whose latest book is set in Gaza. "When you draw,
you can always capture the moment. You can always have that exact moment
when someone’s got the club raised. I realise now there's a lot of power in
The Strenuous Life
Christopher Caldwell | Bookforum | 1 June 2011
On Bernard-Henri Lévy, and Libya. "So far from being uniquely French, he is
a type of journalist recognisable in any country — the hortatory adventure
seeker, prescribing foreign travel as a moral tonic for an enervated West"
Endeavour's Final Mission
Various | Atlantic | 1 June 2011
The space shuttle Endeavour clocked up 120 million miles on its 25 flights.
Now it has landed safely for the last time. This collection of 48 photos
records one of our most remarkable technological achievements Comments
Watching The Murder Of An Innocent Man
Barry Bearak | NYT | 2 June 2011
Very long, powerful tale of mob justice in South Africa. Concerns death of
an innocent Zimbabwean, Farai Kujirichita, and subsequent police
investigation. “They hit this man again and again. They killed him like
they’d kill a snake” Comments
Mike Labossiere | Talking Philosophy | 30 May 2011
"Like all men, I purport to be able to think nothing. To be specific, if a
man is asked by his significant other 'what are you thinking', then the best
bet is that he will respond by saying 'nothing'. But is this even possible?"
Denise Russell on The Sea
The Australian environmental philosopher discusses man’s interaction with
the oceans – from whaling voyages and dynamite fishing to sea gypsies and
the flourishing business of piracy
Find out what it's really like to be a journalist. Read about the shadowy
world of foreign reporting, learn what makes a great article and delve into
the history of journalism
Book of the Day
Journey to the West by Anthony C Yu
Donald S Lopez Jr says: "It's one of the great picaresque novels in
world literature, often uproariously funny and filled with all manner of
Video of the Day
Why Success Starts With Failure
Tim Harford presents lessons from his book, "Adapt", on the value of failing
Quote of the Day
Henry Tillman, on solutions
"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate"