9.18.2011 New York Times Digest


1. “The Cyborg in Us All”

“For years, computers have been creeping ever nearer to our neurons. Thousands of people have become cyborgs, of a sort, for medical reasons: cochlear implants augment hearing and deep-brain stimulators treat Parkinson’s. But within the next decade, we are likely to see a new kind of implant, designed for healthy people who want to merge with machines.”

2. “Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World”

“People with autism, whose unusual behaviors are believed to stem from variations in early brain development, typically disappear from public view after they leave school. As few as one in 10 hold even part-time jobs. Some live in state-supported group homes; even those who attend college often end up unemployed and isolated, living with parents.”

3. “A Heartthrob Finds His Tough-Guy Side”

“That’s what Ryan does. He walks around, and he brings magic. He makes everything better.”

4. “Call It Your Online Driver’s License”

“The whole thing is fraught with the potential for doing things wrong.”

5. “Male Models at the Line of Beauty”

“Fashion should turn to one of its own for guidance. It should ask itself: What would Oscar do?”

6. “Another Reason to Avoid His Friends”

“A man whose wife or girlfriend has greater contact with some of his good friends than he does is about 92 percent more likely to have erectile dysfunction than a man who is closer to all his friends than his partner is.”

7. “Autumn: Party Time Across the World”

“Throughout history, the first day of autumn has been considered a good time to take stock of the year’s successes and failures.”

8. “What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?”

“The idea of building grit and building self-control is that you get that through failure. And in most highly academic environments in the United States, no one fails anything.”

9. “Dear Important Novelists: Be Less Like Moses and More Like Howard Cosell”

“There’s something to be said for what might be called the Woody Allen Method: Good times, bad times, you keep making art.”

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