11.21.2010 New York Times Digest

1. “Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction”

“Students have always faced distractions and time-wasters. But computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer, pose a profound new challenge to focusing and learning.”

2. “Unlearning to Tawk Like a New Yorker”

“I was diagnosed with a New York accent.”

3. “Notepads That Keep You on the Same Page”

“Notes are an external cue to internal memory.”

4. “Kanye West, Still Unfiltered, on Eve of Fifth Album”

“Ain’t nobody cold as this / Do the rap and the track / Triple-double, no assist.”

5. “An Ageless Diva of a Certain Age”

“I heard her on the radio once, somebody was interviewing her, and they said, ‘How do you feel about the Middle East?’ She said: ‘Listen, I’m Cher. You don’t want to know what I think about the Middle East.’”

6. “Never Mind The Question, Here’s the Answer”

“Machines are supposed to help you, yet I find that they impede me. When I write, I write with a pen on a legal pad. Someone just showed me an iPad, and he showed it to me, and he said: ‘Fran, you could get this. Look how easy this is.’ I thought, this is much easier. I’m going to wait until it really works because at the point when it really works, it’s going to be a pad of paper. As soon as it becomes a yellow legal pad, I’m set.”

7. “The ‘O’ Word”

“’OK the embodiment of down-to-earth pragmatism and OK the voice of tolerance,’ an amalgam that he takes to be a modern American cornerstone, which makes OK not just America’s greatest word, but ‘its greatest invention.'”

8. ” The Workout Enigma”

“There are those who just do not become fitter or stronger, no matter what exercise they undertake.”

9. “The Attention-Span Myth”

“Everyone has an attention span: really?”

10. “Epilepsy’s Big, Fat Miracle”

“His breakfast eggs are mixed with heavy cream and served with bacon. A typical lunch is full-fat Greek yogurt mixed with coconut oil. Dinner is hot dogs, bacon, macadamia nuts and cheese. We figure that in an average week, Sam consumes a quart and a third of heavy cream, nearly a stick and a half of butter, 13 teaspoons of coconut oil, 20 slices of bacon and 9 eggs. Sam’s diet is just shy of 90 percent fat.”

11. “Hello, Columbus”

“It’s very Abercrombie-cornfed-jock-I-eat-at-Max-&-Erma’s-and-Bob Evans. Some of the older gay men are a little more sophisticated.”


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