On Being The Right Size
J.B.S. Haldane | Farnham Street | 20 December 2011
Republished, and still well worth a read. "For every type of animal there is
an optimum size. The same is true for every human institution. The English
invention of representative government made a democratic nation possible"
Opening A Bar In Baghdad
Joshua Bearman | Atlantic | 20 December 2011
James, a British ex-paratrooper, opened the Baghdad Country Club in 2006. It
was inside the Green Zone, so local security wasn't too bad. But you needed
strong nerves for the morning drive through Sadr City to pick up beer
Chuck Berry Goddamn!
Luke Dittrich | Esquire | 20 December 2011
Still performing aged 85. "Watching Chuck Berry play here is a little like
watching Einstein, if Einstein had decided to spend his last years in a
makeshift replica of his old patent office, retranscribing the theories of
his youth" Comments
Charles Mann | Vanity Fair | 20 December 2011
Writer tests out US airport security. With a bit of help from expert Bruce
Schneier. And a fake boarding pass. The verdict? Damning: "Not only is it
not done right, but even if it was done right it would be the wrong thing to
David Shulman | Boston Review | 19 December 2011
Israeli activists try to stop settlers driving Palestinians out of South
Hebron village. "Its inhabitants include scattered chickens, sheep, a
donkey, camels. No electricity, no running water, no phones, no money, no
Richard Marshall | 3AM Magazine | 19 December 2011
Terrific, wide-ranging interview with Brian Leiter, philosopher and
left-leaning public intellectual. "The idea that Marxism should be reduced
to moralistic sermons is, well, depressing, an admission of intellectual
Mona Simpson on Family Stories
Family dynamics are changing dramatically in our modern, workaholic age. The
novelist – and sister of Steve Jobs, separated at birth – selects five works
of fiction that illustrate some truths about families in all their variety
Featured Special Report
Months of anti-government protests; a brutal response by the authorities.
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Book of the Day
Book of the Day
Deathsong of the River by Su Xiaokang and Wang Luxiang
Rana Mitter says: “It’s the script for what one might say was the most
important television programme that has ever been broadcast in China”
Video of the Day
Seconds Of Beauty
Compilation of entries for The Beauty Of A Second short film contest.
Quote of the Day
Highdeas, on film
"If you watch 'Jaws' backwards, it's a movie about a shark that keeps
throwing up people until they have to open a beach"
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