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Writing Worth Reading
* Thilo Sarrazin's Truths
Matthias Matussek | Spiegel | 10 September 2010
On central banker sacked for anti-Muslim views. "You can't cast away
what the man embodies: the anger of a German people tired of being
cursed at when they offer to help foreigners to integrate"
* Living To Be A Parent
Lisa Belkin | NYT | 10 September 2010
Psychologists propose to move childbearing to the apex of Maslow's
pyramid of human needs. Evidence that the modern tendency to sanctify
parenting has gone "just a bit too far"
* A Broader Media Problem
Rick Perlstein | NYT | 10 September 2010
Short, powerful comment on Florida Koran-burning stunt. "Elite media
gatekeepers have abandoned their moral mandate to stigmatize uncivil
discourse. Many outlets reward it"
* Arab Regimes Are Hard, Not Strong
Brian Whitaker | Guardian | 9 September 2010
Arab regimes have "an almost insatiable urge to control", but aren't
very good at it. They work against society, not with it. Violence,
autocracy, should be seen as symptoms of weakness
* Hands Up For Hirst
Anonymous | Economist | 9 September 2010
Fine case-study of the market in modern art. Damien Hirst bypassed
dealers, sold new work directly at auction. Had a fantastic year in
2008, but since then his sales have collapsed
* Stuff White People Like
Christian Rudder | OK Trends | 8 September 2010
Online dating agency extracts data from customer profiles to identify
distinctive tastes by race and sex. Amongst the bad news: Tom Clancy and
Van Halen secure atop white male pantheon
* Topic: (Against) Childbearing
Why do we bother? Does it make us happy? Should we stop? Why are boys
valued more highly? Experts... Continue reading...
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