The ‘Dramatic Picture’ Of Richard Feynman
Freeman Dyson | NYRB | 4 July 2011
Profile of Richard Feynman, physics superstar. "He created the language that
a majority of modern physicists speak. Incidentally, he created a language
that ordinary people without mathematical training can understand"
The Evils Of Unregulated Capitalism
Joseph Stiglitz | Al Jazeera | 10 July 2011
Nobel laureate explains how "a resurgence of right-wing economics, driven,
as always, by ideology and special interests, once again threatens the
global economy". Lessons have not been learned. Fears they won't be
Political Apes, Science Communication, And Building A Cooperative Society
Eric Michael Johnson | Scientific American | 11 July 2011
Enjoyable interview with Frans de Waal, leading primatologist. Covers
science writing, human conflict, politics. "The anger we have towards Wall
Street is probably a very old primate reaction that relates to cooperation"
57 Feet & Rising
W Hodding Carter | Outside Online | 7 July 2011
Unusual trip down the Mississippi. In a kayak during the Great Flood. "At
least, we knew one thing: Since only a fool would be paddling this
out-of-control river—and fools aren’t worth shooting—we were safe. Blessed
be the insane" Comments
Is the Fastest Human Ever Already Alive?
Chuck Klosterman | Grantland | 11 July 2011
"In an era in which science is able to explain and predict so much, it's
amazing how little we know about the potential of rudimentary movement. Is
there a speed at which a human body would just break down and disintegrate?"
A Tour Of Manhattan In The 1940s
Charles Cushman | Business Insider | 11 July 2011
Absorbing photo gallery with 63 colour shots of Manhattan, mostly from the
early 1940s. A few others from 1960. Taken by amateur photographer Charles
Cushman and made available by Indiana University Comments
Imraan Coovadia on South African Fiction
The South African novelist gives us an unvarnished view of the writer’s
life, and explains how literature told the story of apartheid and why comedy
is the easiest way to talk about race Read on
Crime & Thriller Writing
Leading writers discuss their genre and select their top five essential
reads, plus selected articles on the murky world of thrillers and whodunnits
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Book of the Day
Book of the Day
Matters of Life and Death by Tobias Wolff (editor)
Jim Shepard says: "This was a hugely influential anthology in the early
80s. It’s a snapshot of the very best storywriters of an entire decade"
Video of the Day
The History Of American English
"Waves of immigrants fed America's hunger for words. The Dutch came sharing
coleslaw and cookies"
Quote of the Day
Oscar Wilde, on Alexander Pope
"There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the
other is to read Pope"