December 6, 2012 • 5:41 am
Don’t miss this witty review of the monumental book by Richard Rudgley and its almost comical and certainly musical homage to the male organ… At last the other bookend for your Vagina Diaries! Or perhaps to The Pun Also Rises! (by:John Pollack former Clinton Speech writer)
A reasonable gift during these hard economic times!
“THE problem with penises, as Richard Rudgley, a British anthropologist, …”
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November 29, 2012 • 12:16 am
The now famous NYT annual list of top 100 books of the year 2o12 …. You can also click the links for annual lists going back to 2005 which can be fun to compare… Enjoy ….
“The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.”
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November 3, 2012 • 1:29 pm
Wonderful article from the NYTs on child prodigies! The article is a wonderful overview of the parenting experience and how a child’s “difference” presents unique challenges in the parenting experience for good and bad …
The educational system and our own ability to deal with outliers is an obstacle to human progress and perhaps love itself…
Read this article today to enrich your perspective on raising kids or perhaps on how you were raised yourself…
“Drew Petersen didn’t speak until he was 3½, but his mother, Sue, never believed he was slow. When he was 18 months old, in 1994, she was reading to him and skipped a word, whereupon Drew reached over and pointed to the missing …”
via How Do You Raise a Prodigy? – NYTimes.com.
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October 14, 2012 • 5:05 pm
PARISIANS are in a tizz about capitalism. New Yorkers get stressed about sex. In Seoul and San Antonio, Texas, 11,000km apart, citizens fret about the relationship between humans and apes. What goes into school textbooks—and, even more, what is left out—spurs concern …
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October 10, 2012 • 3:40 pm
THE rules say it is not allowed. But this year a Nobel prize was awarded to a dead man. Ralph Steinman of Rockefeller University in New York, who discovered the role of dendritic cells in activating the immune system, died on September 30th. That news did not, however, make it across the Atlantic Ocean in time, and on October 3rd the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm honoured Dr Steinman with half of this year’s prize in …
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October 7, 2012 • 5:38 am
Does art have a future? Performance genres like opera, theater, music and dance are thriving all over the world, but the visual arts have been in slow decline for nearly 40 years. No major figure of profound influence has emerged in painting or sculpture since the waning of Pop Art and the birth of Minimalism in the early 1970s.
Warhol grew up in industrial Pittsburgh. Today’s college-bound rarely have direct contact with the manual trades.
Yet work of bold originality and stunning beauty continues to be done in …
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October 7, 2012 • 5:12 am
Amazing, this. First, we see how grammatically aware kids are here. Second, we see evidence that girls are usually faster to learn language than boys; this is a very clever point from a four-year-old. Finally, we may be seeing something about the future of whom here, which …
More via Grammar: Is “whom” history? From the mouths of babes | The Economist.
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October 3, 2012 • 3:06 am
It’s hard to say which is more startling. That a developer in Phoenix could threaten — by Thursday, no less — to knock down a 1952 house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Or that the house has until now slipped under the …
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September 28, 2012 • 3:59 am
SOMETIMES it takes but a single pebble to start an avalanche. On January 21st Timothy Gowers, a mathematician at Cambridge University, wrote a blog post outlining the reasons for his longstanding boycott of research journals published by Elsevier. This firm, which is based in the Netherlands, owns more than 2,000 journals, including such top-ranking titles as Cell and the …
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September 19, 2012 • 2:15 am
THE rulers of ancient Rome were ruthlessly pragmatic in matters of religion. When a tribe was subdued and its lands added to the imperial realm, Rome would appropriate the subject-people’s gods and add them to an ever-growing pantheon of exotic …
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