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Writing Worth Reading
* Ralph Miliband And Sons
John Gray | Guardian | 4 September 2010
Intricate, demanding, penetrating essay on British socialism, seen
through prism of Miliband family. Father Ralph was a Marxist theorist.
Sons David and Ed compete for Labour Party leadership
* Boxers, Briefs And Books
John Grisham | NYT | 5 September 2010
Novelist tells of becoming a writer after jobs in gardening, plumbing,
construction, retailing, lawyering. "I remember staring at the defendant
and wishing I had a gun. And like that, a story was born"
* Kinshasa's "Rumble" Stadium Decays
Andy Kershaw | BBC | 4 September 2010
Poignant walk through rusting wreck of Tata Raphael Stadium, where
Mohamed Ali beat George Foreman in 1974. Ali's dressing room now home to
an impoverished civil servant and his family
* Frat House For Jesus
Peter Boyer | New Yorker | 6 September 2010
Amazing tale of stealthy, influential, American Christian religious
network. Conspiracy theory come to life. Membership includes
Congressmen, presidents, foreign heads of state.
* Game Conservation In Africa
Anonymous | Economist | 2 September 2010
Northern white rhino down to last eight animals. Lions may vanish by
2020. Governments have failed to protect. Can private initiatives—such
as tourism, farming, charity—do any better?
* Why America Has Lost
Fareed Zakaria | Newsweek | 4 September 2010
America has history of overestimating adversaries. Soviet Union. Saddam
Hussein. Al-Qaeda. Grossly over-reacted to 9/11. Lurched towards police
state. Enough of this "war"
* Lunch With Gary Shteyngart
Katie Roiphe | FT | 3 September 2010
Usually a clumsy format, this "lunch with" works perfectly, captures
flow of conversation from clever, funny novelist who doesn't take
himself, or anything else, too seriously
* Chaplain And Atheist Go To War
Michael Phillips | WSJ | 4 September 2010
Touching, wry tale of relationship between Marine corps chaplain in
Afghanistan, and his atheist assistant. "He trusts God to keep him safe.
And I'm here just in case that doesn't work out"
* Topic: Happiness
And the pursuit thereof. How to find it, how to measure it, how to
integrate it into government... Continue reading...
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