11.14.2010 New York Times Digest

1. “Web”

“In an 1867 lecture, the English clergyman and novelist Charles Kingsley warned that the scientific advances of the day could be abused in the service of centralized oppression. ‘I can conceive — may God avert the omen! — centuries hence, some future world-ruler sitting at the junction of all railroads, at the centre of all telegraph-wires — a world-spider in the omphalos of his world-wide web.'”

2. “Nazis Were Given ‘Safe Haven’ in U.S.”

“Some of the Nazis ‘were indeed knowingly granted entry’ to the United States, even though government officials were aware of their pasts.”

3. “Zagat Survey Aims to Regain Its Online Balance”

“Zagat is racing to prove that it’s worth paying $9.99 a year for its smartphone app — and that it can persuade enough customers to fund its existence for another three decades — even while Yelp and other competitors are offering their apps free.”

4. “Capturing Hearts, One Upgrade at a Time”

“Apple essentially gives its iPhone owners a new phone several times during that contract period.”

5. “Diane Keaton, Hiding in Plain Sight”

“I like to disappear.”

6. “’60s Hollywood: Power Shifted (or Did It?)”

“The influence of avant-garde cinema, documentary, television and even Old Hollywood on New Hollywood tends to be underplayed in accounts of the era. Instead, foreign-language cinema is often reflexively invoked as the primary influence, which partly speaks to anxieties and prejudices about no-nothing Americans learning culture from Europeans.”

7. “Los Angeles on $100 a Day”

“For a city known for its car culture, Los Angeles can be managed on a bike.”

8. “Stray Cat Blues”

“For many years I slept, on average, twice a week. This means that I have been conscious for at least three lifetimes.”

9. “The Hipster in the Mirror”

“He aimed his critiques first at his own class of elites — professors and intellectuals — then at the media, the political class and the propertied class.”

10. “Studies in Hyperreality”

All screens require getting used to.”

11. “Can a Nerd Have Soul?”

“What was even more notable was that these artists were claiming this music as their own and their own generation’s.”

12. “The Great Cyberheist”

“He knew computers. He knew fraud. He was good.”

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