Archive for August, 2012

The Times Neatly Encapsulates Tom Friedman’s Genius

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Thomas L. Friedman spells things out for this colored fella from Egypt, and the New York Times sums it up neatly on their OpEd page:

THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Morsi’s Wrong Turn

The new president of Egypt should understand that his visit to Tehran is helping the Iranian regime.

The Real Solution to Our Energy Needs: Advertising

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

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Yesteryear’s Prediction, This Year’s Reality

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

“This is our basic conclusion: Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal.”

Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders
March 1, 1968, page 1

Nazi Medical Science

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Unbridled Capitalism

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

The Transformation

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012



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What Are They Reading at the New York Times?

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

We are experiencing global warming beyond the expectations of our scientists, as well as a global financial collapse that is being addressed with more of the policies that made it happen to begin with. As a drought wastes large parts of U.S. agriculture in the breadbasket of the country and the world, we may also anticipate a global food crisis. And not to be too gloomy, Israel, armed with nuclear weapons given to it by the U.S., talks bellicosity as usual.

Here’s what the New York Times lead off with on its book review page on Sunday, 12 August 2012:

Three Strong Women
By MARIE NDIAYE. Translated by JOHN FLETCHER.
Reviewed by FERNANDA EBERSTADT

In Marie NDiaye’s novel, women draw on reserves of love, common sense and even self-mockery to counteract the damage being done to them by narcissistic family members.

Sylvia Nasar: By the Book

The author of Grand Pursuit and A Beautiful Mind likes Victorian novelists for their deliciously wicked humor and the Russians for their political and philosophical musings.

Aftermath,
By RACHEL CUSK
Reviewed by EMMA GILBEY KELLER

Rachel Cusk’s latest memoir describes her divorce and what came next.

The Garden of Lost and Found
By DALE PECK
Reviewed by RON POWERS

In Dale Peck’s novel, a Midwesterner arrives in New York to claim his inheritance, a brownstone that may contain buried treasure.

Dare Me
By MEGAN ABBOTT
Reviewed by CHELSEA CAIN

Megan Abbott’s latest thriller finds power, desire and revenge in the insular world of high school cheerleading.

Reversal of Fortunes
By TYLER COWEN

Michael J. Casey blames a “vast global financial system” for our economic malaise. Daniel Gross sees a brighter future ahead.

The Mansion of Happiness
By JILL LEPORE
Reviewed by DANI SHAPIRO

Jill Lepore traces American ideas about life and death, from before the cradle to beyond the grave.

The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City
By ALAN EHRENHALT
Reviewed by FRED SIEGEL

Alan Ehrenhalt describes a demographic reversal, with the wealthy moving to cities and the working class moving to the suburbs.

Sincerity
By R. JAY MAGILL JR
Reviewed by LAURA KIPNIS

A sweeping cultural history of the ideal of sincerity.

Problems? What problems? Literature? What literature? What? Me, worry?

What’s for Dinner?

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Pioneering news medium Al Jazeera actually airs a discussion with more than two points of view.

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Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

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