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Writing Worth Reading
* Tony Blair's Journey
Peter Stothard | TLS | 8 September 2010
Sated as you may be with reviews and accounts of the Blair memoir, make
room for this one. It may be the best. Stothard, the TLS editor, is
well-steeped in the subject, and a masterful reviewer
* Fidel Castro Calls
Jeffrey Goldberg | Atlantic | 7 September 2010
Writer gets invited to Havana, to discuss Iran with Castro. Three days
of conversation ensue. Castro thinks Iran won't back down on nuclear. He
has mellowed on America. And he likes dolphins
* The Slump Goes On
Robin Wells & Paul Krugman | NYRB | 7 September 2010
First half of prescriptive essay on American economy. Financial system
has stabilised, but employment hasn't recovered. To exit from slump,
"budget deficits are not only good, they are necessary"
* Changing Course In Moscow
Jeffrey Mankoff | Foreign Affairs | 7 September 2010
Useful, sober overview of Russia-West relations. Recession has
encouraged Russia to court West again, seeking investment. But if energy
prices spike up, Russia could regain its old belligerency
* Judgment Deficit
Amar Bhidé | HBR | 6 September 2010
Strong, high-concept essay about finding optimal balance in business
between centralised controls and individual initiative. Financial crisis
exemplifies danger of over-control by algorithms
* Are Your Pants Lying to You?
Abram Sauer | Esquire | 7 September 2010
True investigative journalism. Man goes from shop to shop with tape
measure, measuring actual girth of various pairs of "36-inch" trousers.
Results a nightmare for any fleshy male
* Beware Of Greeks Bearing Bonds
Michael Lewis | Vanity Fair | 7 September 2010
Masterpiece. Voyage into the hinterland of the Greek financial fiasco.
Treasury of wonderful anecdotes, horrifying oddball facts. And how a
monastery's property dealing sparked the crisis
* De Condimentis
Tom Nealon | HiLoBrow | 7 September 2010
Political and economic history of seasonings and sauces from ancient
times. "The fall of Rome led to a long decline in condiment use,
followed by a dead cat bounce around 750 AD"
* Use And Abuse Of Pessimism
Roger Scruton & Raymond Tallis | Standpoint | 7 September 2010
Long conversation between two conservative British intellectuals about
pessimism, evolution, God, the human condition and related subjects. All
over the place but interesting throughout
* Topic: US Foreign Policy
Henry Kissinger, Paul Kennedy and other experts look ahead to a nuclear
Iran, a rising China, and other challenges to American dominance in the
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