Newsletter 897


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Best of the Moment

Diary Of A Creep

Rend Smith | New York Times | 5 January 2013

"I’m a creep. I know this because people — mostly random strangers — tell me so. I’m not the catcaller or the leerer, the public masturbator or the stalker. I’m just a dude who looks the part, and it’s amazing how much that affects my life. Consider this the first entry in the diary of a creep"

Suds For Drugs

Ben Paynter | New York | 6 January 2013

"Tide bottles have become ad hoc street currency, with a 150-ounce bottle going for either $5 cash or $10 worth of weed or crack cocaine". They're easy to steal — shoplifting carries light penalties — impossible to trace, and quick to sell on. A liquid market, you might say

See Something, Say Something

Dushko Petrovich | Paper Monument | 3 January 2013

At last, an appreciation of those small display ads in the New Yorker, which seem at first glance to tickle our sense of quiet good taste with their safari jackets and handmade earrings. But look closely, and they tell a different story—of rehab clinics and sex toys

How To Pick A Husband If You Want To Have Kids

Penelope Trunk | Brazen Careerist | 7 January 2013

"If you are picking the two-nanny route, you will need to find a husband who earns more than you. Statistically your marriage is high risk if you and your husband are both in the workforce and you earn more than him, because surveys show that you will resent him. This is primal"

In Praise Of Genetically Modified Food

Mark Lynas | Mark Lynas | 3 January 2013

Campaigner recants. "I apologise for having spent several years ripping up GM crops. I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid 1990s, and that I thereby assisted in demonising an important technological option which can be used to benefit the environment"

New Delhi Attack: The Victim's Story

Krishna Poharel et al | Wall Street Journal | 8 January 2013

Gripping account of rape-murder outrage, based on interviews with male survivor and with dead woman's family and friends. The victims were going to the cinema to see Life Of Pi. "And so began an innocent outing that set in motion a killing that would horrify the world"

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