9.20.2009 New York Times Digest


1. “The Holy Grail of the Unconscious”

“The book tells the story of Jung trying to face down his own demons as they emerged from the shadows. The results are humiliating, sometimes unsavory. In it, Jung travels the land of the dead, falls in love with a woman he later realizes is his sister, gets squeezed by a giant serpent and, in one terrifying moment, eats the liver of a little child. (‘I swallow with desperate efforts – it is impossible – once again and once again – I almost faint – it is done.’) At one point, even the devil criticizes Jung as hateful.

2. “Plugged-In Age Feeds a Hunger for Electricity”

“The proliferation of personal computers, iPods, cellphones, game consoles and all the rest amounts to the fastest-growing source of power demand in the world. Americans now have about 25 consumer electronic products in every household, compared with just three in 1980.”

3. “Call It Ludacris: The Kinship Between Talk Radio and Rap”

“To my uninitiated ears, there was something reassuringly familiar about political talk radio, and not because I know a lot about firebrands. It’s because I listen to a lot of rap. Gangsta rap, in particular.”

4. “Can Amazon Be Wal-Mart of the Web?”

“Amazon is quickly becoming the world’s general store. Alongside the books and CDs and DVDs are diapers, Legos and power drills, not to mention replacement car clutches and more arcane items like the Jackalope Buck taxidermy mount ($69.97).”

5. “Capitalism’s Little Tramp”

“Hypocrite. Propagandist. Egomaniac. Glutton. Exploiter. Embarrassment. Slob. These are a few of the criticisms that have been lobbed at Mr. Moore since his career began, and these are just the ones from liberals.”

6. “Another Soderbergh Puzzle!”

“If auteur status is conferred, as its early theorists argued, by a recognizable and consistent set of themes, gestures and motifs, then Mr. Soderbergh’s résumé can start to look like a deliberate attempt to refute the theory.”

7. “A Life on the Decline, and Then the ‘Why?'”

“He loved museums, architecture, reading, first edition books, the theater, seeing four movies in one day with his friend Annette Williams; the clothes at Barneys, Bergdorf and Armani; cosmetics counters, face creams, spas, manicures and pedicures; travel; five-star hotels; Swiss Style design; Helvetica typeface; the simple beauty of a straight, clean line … On March 19, six months after the economic collapse and a week and a half after the Dow fell below 6,600 – the last night of the gloomiest winter in memory – Steven Schnipper, 56, was found dead in his apartment. The medical examiner ruled suicide from an overdose of antidepressants. The downstairs neighbors told police they thought they heard a thump on the floor at 2 or 3 a.m. the night before. There was no note, just a list of his relatives left on the living room table.”


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