Best of the Week
The Renaissance Man
Ed Yong | Not Exactly Rocket Science | 8 June 2011
Profile of Erez Lieberman Aiden, a most unusual scientist who tackles
problems from molecular biology and applied physics with equal ease. “He’s
truly one of a kind. I just wonder about what discipline he will get a Nobel
prize in" Comments
Why Are The French So Determined To Run The IMF?
Simon Johnson | Baseline Scenario | 3 June 2011
If economics isn't your area, this will make the scales fall from your eyes.
Superb, concise commentary on eurozone financial troubles and the IMF, by
the fund's former chief economist. Thanks @polit2k for alerting us
Bob Rodriguez: The Man Who Sees Another Crash
Mina Kimes | Fortune | 6 June 2011
Enjoyable profile of money manager who famously predicted last two financial
crashes. Son of a Mexican immigrant, he started out as a door-to-door
encyclopedia salesman. Now heads $16bn fund. And he sees trouble ahead.
In Praise Of Pragmatism
Tim Harford | Independent | 7 June 2011
"Because the pragmatist tries to take each situation on its own merits and
figure out a sensible way forward, pragmatism tends to look hesitant, messy,
and prone to error." But that's no reason to side with ideologues instead
The Press And The Arab Spring
Chris Doyle | Caabu | 6 June 2011
Six reasons why Western reporting of the Arab uprisings has been flawed.
Sometimes even downright poor. "How many of the phalanx of reporters who
covered the last hours of Ben Ali had ever filed a report from Tunis
The Baddest Lawyer In The History Of Jersey
Mark Jacobson | New York | 5 June 2011
Astonishing story of Paul Bergrin, "advocate to killers, whorehouse
proprietors, bum-check-passing beauty queens, Lil’ Kim, and a thousand
forgotten street hoodlums". Awaiting trial on charges of having potential
witnesses killed Comments
How I Failed, Failed, And Finally Succeeded At Learning How To Code
James Somers | Atlantic | 3 June 2011
Accessible, engaging piece recounts writer's efforts to become a computer
programmer. With results immediately apparent and regular small payoffs,
it's a naturally addictive activity. Shame school teaching is off-putting to
so many Comments
Naked In Berlin
Siobhan Dowling | Slow Travel Berlin | 7 June 2011
Irish woman adapts to life among Berliners. "Never mind bratwurst and
biergartens, the sign of true integration is being able to get naked with
the Germans." And don't they love it. At the gym, badminton court, parks.
Even shopping Comments
TC Boyle on Man and Nature
The novelist and nature lover tells us about delicious dodos, angry tigers,
snakes on planes and why Viagra saves rhinos
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Indian films? Is there fame in film subtitling? Our experts and editors have
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Book of the Week
Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East by Patrick Seale
Nikolaos van Dam says: "You can read this book from page one to the end,
not only as an academic book but also as a thriller"
Video of the Week
Tyler Cowen: The Great Stagnation
TEDx talk. Americans are not as innovative as they think they are, or as
they need to be
Quote of the Week
Joe Posnanski, on tennis
"Federer’s game is scissors. Nadal’s game is stone"
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