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Culture Desk: Nick Payne’s “Constellations”: A Singular Astonishment : The New Yorker

It’s rare these days, at any time really, to encounter a play which owes nothing to theatrical influences and which exists as a singular …

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Why David Brooks Really Is a Sap | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone

For those of you not familiar with “Newspaper Op-Ed Writing 101,” our industry’s Bible of formulaic punditry, there is a technique called “Trick #19B” that goes like this:

1. Put a half-baked image or satirical “idea” in your topic sentence. It is best if the idea and/or the wording is not actually your own, but this isn’t absolutely necessary. A good example might be something like this: “Dorothy, we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

2. Sit back and admire the sentence. You wrote this!

3. Connect your idea to a current news event. You can do this by taking the wire-service writeup of that news event and sandwiching it between two of your “images.”  For instance, the following sentence…

“In a nationally-televised address yesterday, Barack Obama announced a new …

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Public Satisfaction with Government Hits Low; Anger Rises – Pew Research Center

Only about one-in-ten Americans (11%) say they are basically content with the federal government, by far the lowest percentage saying so since the question was first asked in 1997. Similarly, public trust in government, which recovered slightly earlier this year, has plummeted again. In current recent survey by the Pew Resarch Center for the People & the Press, 80% say they trust the government to do what is right only some of the time or never. Just 19% say the government can be trusted ‘just about always’ or ‘most of the time’. When this question was first asked on the American National Election Study in 1958 nearly three-quarters (73%) of Americans said they always or mostly trusted the government to do what is right.Public Satisfaction with Government Hits Low; Anger Rises

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