The next real literary “rebels” in this country might well emerge as...– “E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction”, by David Foster Wallace, Review of Contemporary Fiction, 1993
New Icon: Felted Wool Stones →
Is your home missing something? Perhaps you need an unexpected element to shake things up, something inspired by nature that’s functional and sculptural. Today in Things that I like but are definitely not missing from my home.
What did President Obama buy at Kramerbooks?
nationaljournal: According to the White House: The Invention of Hugo Cabret - by Brian Selnick Diary of a Whimpy Kid Cabin Fever - by Jeff Kinney Tails - by Matthew Van Fleet Descent into Chaos - by Ahmed Rashid The Tiger’s Wife - by Tea Obreht The Phantom Tollbooth - by Norton Juster The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao - by Junot Diaz Zen Shorts - by Jon Muth
America is in political decline in part because we’ve elevated...– “A Caveman Won’t Beat a Salesman,” by Peggy Noonan, WSJ
Magical Dinners: an immigrant Thanksgiving →
by Chang-rae Lee, The New Yorker This could be my favorite essay in the world. I love it in the way that you appreciate something that perfectly articulates a secret of yours.
Not everyone gets Mitt Romney’s poetry. And that’s fine. Your...– “The Collected Poems of Willard Mitt Romney,” Mother Jones
They sat around in a semi-circle, ignoring calls to get themselves real jobs,...– ilyagerner (via shannonpareil ) Ha! (via moorehn)
There are parents that are complicit in this,” LaValle said. “They...– “More arrests from top schools expected in SAT cheating scandal,” Geraldine Baum, LA Times, Nov. 22, 2011
Have you ever met Ernie and Bert? No. Do you think the rumors about them are...– Miss Piggy, - The Daily Beast (via brooklynmutt )
Madewell: Trending in Tokyo: Cat Cafés →
madewell: by Gigi Guerra (Madewell) On a recent trip to Tokyo with some of Madewell’s designers, I caught wind of something called a “cat café,” which is a living room–like teahouse filled with friendly felines. Though I’m a die-hard dog person (and happen to be highly allergic to cats), I became… omg
"In the startup community, there’s a real stigma... →
fek: A little note/overshare on this piece: I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I didn’t have some skin in the game, here. I’ve never been big on unilateral issue advocacy, but having personally dealt with this first-hand - something that my family is genetically predisposed to, and part of the reason I never met my Dad’s mother (a guilt-ridden Holocaust survivor who killed herself when she was in...
I said to his physician assistant, I said, ‘That sounds foreign’—not that I had...– Herman Cain, telling an audience at a Christian-themed amusement park about his battle with cancer and the concerns he had upon learning that his doctor’s name was “Dr. Abdallah.” (via officialssay )
During a recent effort by this reporter to distinguish McKenzie from Clement to...– “On Composing for Kermit the Frog,” by Adam Sternbergh, NYT, Nov. 17, 2011
Due to rising population, coupled with increasing demands by the agriculture and...– Excerpt from a worrisome new McKinsey report [PDF]charting the future of water (via curiositycounts )
If she actually did something, we would actually think about Kim for the cover.– Joe Zee
It’s a clash with yoga values,” said Sarah Kurchak, 29, who has about 15 pieces...– “Lululemon’s Ayn Rand bag irks some (Others shrugged)” by Simon Houpt, The Globe and Mail, Nov. 15, 2011
I’m not a diplomat myself. Which is why I can say, very undiplomatically, that...– The spouse of a U.S. diplomat, responding to GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry’s assertion that he’s not sure U.S. diplomats and the State Department are “making decisions or giving advice to the administration that’s in this country’s best interest.” The American Foreign Service Association...
Alternate-Side Parking Brings Peace →
by Alan Draper, The New York Times, Nov. 13, 2011 As New Yorkers are aware, even holidays celebrated by one group can have salutary, binding effects for society. Groups who might be adversaries elsewhere — Palestinians and Israelis, Indians and Pakistanis — can unite in their appreciation of each other’s holidays because it saves them all from the drudgery of having to move their cars. In...
Newsweek Kills Longtime Political Series. →
akuat: markcoatney: This was Newsweek’s election project, where the magazine assigned reporters to follow presidential candidates around for the election season. Because the reporters promise not to reveal anything they see until after the election, they get amazing access, and have in the past produced outstanding work. Really sorry to see this go. Yeah. I remember sitting in Evan Thomas’...