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Writing Worth Reading
* Banksy In His Own Words
Nick Francis | Sun | 4 September 2010
Described as the graffiti artist's first-ever interview. "I didn't see
why you'd settle for just walls. So I started vandalising statues and
that led to vandalising parks. It just kept going really"
* The Happiness Myth
Adam Phillips | Guardian | 4 September 2010
Brilliant essay on contradictions of seeking happiness. "What we are
lacking when we are unhappy is not always happiness, any more than what
an alcoholic is lacking is a drink"
* A Well-Travelled Man
Simon Calder | Independent | 4 September 2010
Interview with Alan Whicker, British broadcaster, veteran travel
journalist, national treasure. Every sentence a gem. "Papa Doc was never
vile to me". "I have hardly ever been shot"
* God And Stephen Hawking
Graham Farmelo | Telegraph | 3 September 2010
It doesn't matter what Hawking, or any other scientist, says about God.
Religion and science are fundamentally different pursuits. No enduring
religion is built on testable facts or observations
* Rush To Moral Judgment
David Dobbs | Slate | 3 September 2010
Clear, plausible, sympathetic explanation of furore around suspended
Harvard behaviourist Marc Hauser. He rigged his research, because he was
in a hurry to validate his ideas
* Mosque Notes
Leon Wieseltier | New Republic | 2 September 2010
By far the best think-piece yet about the "Ground Zero Mosque"
controversy. Understands, respects, incorporates and transcends the
arguments against, to make the case in favour
* Escaping Near-Death
Charlotte Northedge | Guardian | 4 September 2010
Interviews with sole survivors of large and small catastrophes: an
overturned boat, a plane crash, a gun battle. Odd subject, but
compelling tales of suffering, toughness, luck, guilt
* Topic: Tony Blair
The man and the memoirs: a collection of essays, diaries and polemics
portraying Britain's former Prime Minister. Continue reading...
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