Arts and Culture
A Case for Getting Far, Far Away / Christopher Solomon / The New York Times
“Give me the empty places, the abandoned places, the mountains where the sound of the wind through the ponderosas draws a shivery finger down your spine.”
Sweatin’ with the Oldie / Bryan Curtis / Grantland
Outstanding profile of Richard Simmons, a far more complex and interesting character than I would have imagined.
Coca-Cola Small World Machines - Bringing India & Pakistan Together / YouTube
I feel a bit like a shill including a Coke ad, but the executional details in this 3-minute video are too good not to share.
Memorable First Lines of Journal Articles / Eric Schliesser / New APPS
Lots of fun in the comments.
List of Common Misconceptions / Wikipedia
A Twinkie’s shelf life is actually only 25 days? Napoleon wasn’t short?? Jesus was probably born in September???
Politics and World Affairs
Join Wall Street. Save the World / Dylan Matthews / The Washington Post
A young computer programmer does the math and decides that the best way for him to make a difference is to make, and then give away, as much money as possible. Lots to chew on.
How the Obama Administration Talks to Black America / Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic
Powerful: “Some day historians will pore over [Obama’s] many speeches to black audiences…[and] find a discomfiting pattern of convenient race-talk.”
The K-Pop Plastic Surgery Obsession / Zara Stone / The Atlantic
On the cultural, familial, and sometimes even professional forces that motivate one in five South Korean women to get cosmetic surgery.
Profiling Is Great…Except When You Do It To Me / Farhad Manjoo / Slate
“The deep irony of the IRS scandal is that people on the political right are being subjected to exactly the kind of profiling that they’ve long advocated in fighting terrorism and crime.”
Business and Economics
The Unexotic Underclass / CZ Nnaemeka / MIT Entrepreneurship Review
An indictment of the poverty of ambition betrayed by young entrepreneurs—some focused on selling luxuries to the rich, others focused on improving the lives of the “exotic” poor in places far away, but few focused on single mothers, veterans, and others with very real problems needing solutions. (via Varina)
Tours of Duty: the New Employer-Employee Compact / Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and Chris Yeh / Harvard Business Review
Really interesting article on how companies and workers can invest in each other, in an age when it’s increasingly likely that the relationship may only span a few years.
Plug Versus Pump / Steven Johnson / Medium
Interesting argument on electric cars, and why the lack of charging stations isn’t as big a problem as we think it is.
The Steve Jobs Emails That Show How To Win A Hard-Nosed Negotiation / Zachary Seward / Quartz
A series of emails between Jobs and James Murdoch. It doesn’t end well for Murdoch.
Science and Technology
Narrative Transporation / Dave Nussbaum
Excellent piece on why narratives are so powerful in explaining science, or in persuasion more broadly. It’s probably not a mistake that there’s a nice personal narrative that frames the article itself.
An Open Letter to Science Students and Science Teachers / Carl Zimmer / National Geographic
A thoughtful piece on the trend of students, sometimes at the encouragement of their teachers, reaching out directly to scientists for help with their homework. “Getting a strong of words on your computer screen is not the same as learning, or as understanding.”
The 11 Most Fascinating Charts From Mary Meeker’s Epic Slideshow of Internet Trends / Derek Thompson / The Atlantic
Lots of interesting data and trends in this summary of Meeker’s annual opus.
Some Thoughts on Mobile / Chris Dixon
Short, interesting post on, among other things, how app stores may ultimately stifle good software.
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