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The Curse of Reading and Forgetting : The New Yorker

For those of you who visit our blog (The Policy ThinkShop) regularly, you must have noticed that we often promote articles from the New Yorker magazine.  Recently a well written article caught the eye of one of our researchers which was written by a young man () about the pleasures and vagaries of reading.  We thought it interesting because the writing seems mature and well thought out and greatly belies the relatively young age of the author.  This juxtaposition of age and naiveté against the well written ideas and use of language by this otherwise young and relatively inexperienced fellow calls into question the veracity of the magazine as a source of reliable information, wit and wisdom for the more discerning reader.

Are we being naive ourselves because this article and its author’s product hint at entertainment and literary skill? They seem to do so without the import and weight that time and wisdom bring to the often important weekly topics that are assigned to young writes today.  These are seemingly hurried assignments by magazine Execs that have to be creative and prolific at a rate only made possible by perhaps young and creative kids passing as the wise and testy intellectuals of yesterday’s paper media.

Read the article below and come back to the Policy ThinkShop

The Curse of Reading and Forgetting : The New Yorker

and tell us what you think…

“Part of my suspicion of rereading may come from a false sense of reading as conquest. As we polish off some classic text, we may pause a moment to think of ourselves, spear aloft, standing with one foot up on the flank of the slain beast. Another monster bagged. It would be somehow less heroic, as it were, to bend over and check the thing’s pulse. But that, of course, is the stuff of reading—the going back, the poring over, the act of committing something from the experience, whether it be mood or fact, to memory. It is in the postmortem where we learn how a book …”

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25 Gross Words That Everyone Hates [VIDEO]

“It’s a tough one, because — ew. Socially Awkward host Kevin Gisi and YouTube megastar iJustine take us through these 25 words that are, for some unknown reason, like nails on a verbal chalkboard.”

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William Alexander Morgan in the Cuban Revolution : The New Yorker

Ok, here’s a story about intrigue and a time in the American past so buried in our subconscious that we don’t even have an opinion about it… It is no longer revolutionary, radical or even interesting…  Perfect leisurely reading for the Holidays, then!?

 

“For a moment, he was obscured by the Havana night. It was as if he were invisible, as he had been before coming to Cuba, in the midst of revolution. Then a burst of floodlights illuminated him: William Alexander Morgan, the great …”

via William Alexander Morgan in the Cuban Revolution : The New Yorker.

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Post-apocalyptic linguistics: Tomorrow’s English | The Economist

If you have time to read this delightful story about language, you probably have more time and money than anyone of us at the Policy Thinkshop…  Enjoy the reading… Here’s hoping you’re enjoying your Holiday leisure…

 

“THE WORLD ended today. (I’m writing this before the end of the workday, so I could be wrong.) If it did end: congratulations on surviving! What language do you speak? What about your ..”

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12 Restaurant Triumphs of 2012 – NYTimes.com

Ok… Ok… For anyone lucky enough to have visited NY in the past year more than once, and thought they were playing the restaurant connoisseur game well, think again.  We at the Policy ThinkShop ventured into the city at least once a month and missed all 12 of the NYT’s reviewer’s top list for 2012….  Not seeing 2020 when we were looking for dyning spots the year… Oh well…. Better luck in 2013… and enjoy the following exquisite list!

 

“AT the end of my first year in the restaurant critic’s chair, the New York dining landscape still looks like a …”

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Christmas countdown: The 2012 Daily chart Advent calendar | The Economist

Here is some candy for everyone interested in images that shaped international public opinion among the intelligentsia …

 

“A round-up of the year’s most popular graphics and charts”

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Video – Hugh Hefner’s Son Cooper Hefner Discusses Taking On His Father’s Public Role – WSJ.com

Hefty inheritance is being passed on, as little Heff (Cooper Hefner) prepares to receive the Playboy empire from his pajama wearing baby boomer daddy.

Whose your daddy?  Whose your daddy?

“Cooper Hefner, the 21-year-old son of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, talks to WSJ’s Lee Hawkins in an exclusive interview about Hugh Hefner’s paving the way for Cooper to replace him after …”

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For the Aging Rocker in you: The legacies of the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin : The New Yorker

Interesting conversation between the boys in the Led Zeppelin on their stairway to heaven and the Stones on their cloud!  The same cloud today’s aging baby boomers won’t get off of and bad boy Jagger peers out from as he may feel less and less “cool” as marihuana becomes legal and eventually boring in more and more states.  The Stones have not changed and Rock and Roll is relevant and cool to less and less Americans.  Yes, those of us over 50 have now definitely become “them”.

The world has changed beyond recognition since British Rock absconded with the mojo resting in the soul of American Blues.  Read this little ditty from the New Yorker and smother your aging enthusiasm in the blossom of bad boy nostalgia …

“Two of the landmark sixties British blues bands, likely the two that mattered most, are rounding out their stories. Led Zeppelin reunited briefly in December of 2007 for a show at London’s 02 Arena that’s …”

via The legacies of the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin : The New Yorker.

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The penis: Cross to bare | The Economist

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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Binders Full Of Women

Fat bastard on equal employment issues…

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NFL, referees said to be within reach of deal – The Washington Post

The National Football League and locked-out referees were close Wednesday to completing an agreement to get the sport’s regular officials back on the field, perhaps as soon as this weekend, according to several people familiar with the …

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Where Do Sentences Come From? – NYTimes.com

Sift the debris of a young writer’s education, and you find dreadful things — strictures, prohibitions, dos, don’ts, an unnatural and nearly neurotic obsession with style, argument and …

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