Nicholas Nassim Taleb | Reddit | 20 March 2013
Online Q&A with Black Swan author. Good questions, good answers: "Are there cases where Skin-In-The-Game is the wrong heuristic? Should judges, jurors, and prosecutors have skin in the game? Also, the whole idea behind corporations is to remove skin from the game. This has made possible large scale enterprises. Isn't this a good thing?"
David Mamet | Medium | 20 March 2013
Playwright discusses the structure of melodrama. "We know any drama ends when we find the answer to the question which gave rise to it. When we discover the answer simultaneously with the hero, the dramatist has done a very good job indeed". Casablanca is an excellent example. Rick himself doesn't know how it will end, until it ends
Yuri Zhukov | Foreign Affairs | 20 March 2013
The good news: there's huge quantities of gas under the eastern Mediterranean. The bad news: the countries with claims on it — Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey — don't get along all that well, and the scramble for gas will only make tensions worse. By the way, if you're wondering why Russia covets Cyprus, here's part of the answer
Calvin Trillin | New Yorker | 20 March 2013
"There on my desk was the raw material for one of the three or four stories in my section: a fifteen-page file from the main reporter on the story, a five-page file from the Washington bureau, three books, a fistful of previous Time files and some clippings from the Times. From this, I was to produce a seventy-line piece"
David Merrill | Deadspin | 18 March 2013
Anthony Robles was born poor and one-legged in Mesa, Arizona. Bullied at school, chose wrestling to toughen up. Lost every match at first. Then he found the key: "Instead of balancing on one leg, he dropped to the mat, on two hands and a knee". Opponents were baffled. Four years later he was a national champion. Now he's quitting
Christine Baumgartner | New Inquiry | 19 March 2013
Diet of 19C America South was simple and robust: pork, corn, whisky. “You see bacon upon a Southern table three times a day either boiled or fried.” No milk or eggs. Rickets, blindness, toothlessness common among rural families. "Farmers devoted precious acreage to tobacco and, later, cotton. Economic necessity trumped biological"
Thought for the day:
"You will never never never make a Harvard professor understand what is relevant to the risk of society, unless he works as a firefighter on the side" — Nicholas Nassim Taleb