Monday, 24 November 2014
Nicholas Lemann, New Yorker
The art of the corporate devotional.
Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post
Ruth Rendell’s fiction clusters at such a high level that the best judgment I can render about “The Girl Next Door” is this: It’s a good Rendell, and that makes it very good indeed.
Carol Rumens, The Guardian
Sunday, 23 November 2014
Glynnis MacNicol, Medium
Help me, multi-gazillion dollar toy industry, you’re my only hope.
Saturday, 22 November 2014
Brooks Barnes, New York Times
What motivates men and women (usually traveling without children) to spend their time and money this way? It can’t just be that they really, really love Pirates of the Caribbean and the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. What kind of person, having already ridden Space Mountain a few dozen times in Florida, flies to Paris and spends an afternoon riding Space Mountain? Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Deranged.
Or so I thought. Confession: Having visited all 13 parks, I am now a full-fledged member of this obsessive Mickey Mouse Club.
Jonathan Rauch, The Atlantic
What a growing body of research reveals about the biology of human happiness—and how to navigate the (temporary) slump in middle age.
Danielle Trussoninov, New York Times
Reading “Revival” is experiencing a master storyteller having the time of his life. All of his favorite fictional elements are at play — small-town Maine, the supernatural, the evil genius, the obsessive addict, the power of belief to transform a life.
Friday, 21 November 2014
Paul Ford, New Yorker
You might have read that, on October 28th, W3C officially recommended HTML5. And you might know that this has something to do with apps and the Web. The question is: Does this concern you?
Michael Hobbes, New Republic
Let’s not pretend to be surprised by any of this. The PlayPump story is a sort of Mad Libs version of a narrative we’re all familiar with by now: Exciting new development idea, huge impact in one location, influx of donor dollars, quick expansion, failure.
Noah Gallagher Shannon, Washington Post
Miners have a rule: Nobody walks anywhere alone. A slab of rock can peel off suddenly and imprison a man for days. Or a miner can step, without the warning of a shadow, into a fatal crevasse. The buddy system is an expression of the profession’s perils and, ironically, also the limits of its safety: What happens when every man’s life is in danger?
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Ian Urbina, New York Times
We despise them – yet we imbue them with our hopes and dreams, our dearest memories, our deepest meanings. They unlock much more than our accounts.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Paula Cocozza, The Guardian
On the underground, on coffee shop sandwich boards and especially out of the mouths of The Apprentice candidates: inspirational quotes are everywhere. What’s going on? And do they really help?
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Keneth Goldsmith, New Yorker
The vast amount of the Web’s language is perfect raw material for literature. Disjunctive, compressed, decontextualized, and, most important, cut-and-pastable, it’s easily reassembled into works of art.