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Writing Worth Reading
* Ikeshima: Goodbye To Coal
Pachiguy | Spike Japan | 31 August 2010
Beautiful, sad, photo-essay about near-deserted Japanese island, once
home of country's last working coalmines. Twelve children in school
built for 1,500. One restaurant. Lots, and lots, of rust
* The Post-Modern Ear
Roger Scruton | Axess | 1 August 2010
Short account of evolution of modern classical music. Atonality was
promoted by governments and elites. Romantic tradition, infused by jazz,
proved stronger. Minimalism tried to combine both, badly
* Obituary: Lord Glenconner
Anonymous | Telegraph | 29 August 2010
Eton and Oxford. Bought Caribbean island of Mustique. Walker for
Princess Margaret. Child by Lucian Freud's mistress. Lost most of his
money. Limbo-danced at Edinburgh festival
* White Fright
Christopher Hitchens | Slate | 30 August 2010
Glenn Beck channels anxiety among many white Americans that non-whites
will soon outnumber them. Claims that Obama is Muslim, and foreign-born,
are coded expressions of racial fear
* Cover Story
Tom Scocca | Boston Globe | 29 August 2010
Interview with Andrew Pettegree, historian, on cultural, commercial
upheavals produced by first printed books. New market, new commodity.
People had to get used to buying and selling them
Today on FiveBooks: award-winning writer Tom Piazza chooses the best five
books on New Orleans.
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