4.10.2011 New York Times Digest

1. “A Director of Classics, Focused on Conscience”

“While the goal of all movies is to entertain, the kind of film in which I believe goes one step further. It compels the spectator to examine one facet or another of his own conscience. It stimulates thought and sets the mental juices flowing.”

2. “Foreboding in Sacramento as the Kings Wither Away”

“No franchise in modern NBA history has been denied a relocation request.”

3. “Out There in the Dark, All Alone”

“The idea that movies are something you experience with other people … is no longer the truism it once was.”

4. “It’s Time for Your Face-Lift, Miss Piggy”

“Once international superstars, Jim Henson’s Muppets have not had a major box-office hit in 32 years.”

5. “Feel Like a Wallflower? Maybe It’s Your Facebook Wall”

“It’s known as FOMO, or ‘fear of missing out,’ and refers to the blend of anxiety, inadequacy and irritation that can flare up while skimming social media like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Instagram.”

6. “The Drought Is Over (at Least for C.E.O.’s)”

“In the fourth quarter, profits at American businesses were up an astounding 29.2 percent, the fastest growth in more than 60 years. Collectively, American corporations logged profits at an annual rate of $1.678 trillion.”

7. “Stock Pickers Are No Longer the Stars”

“Fewer than half of the active funds that invest in the most valuable American companies — that is, those with large market capitalizations — beat the market during the past decade.”

8. “Miss G.: A Case of Internet Addiction”

“In general, if a pastime is not classy, those who love it are ‘addicted.’ Opera and poetry buffs are ‘passionate.'”

9. “On ‘Radiolab,’ the Sound of Science”

“It expects you to stop checking your inbox, updating your status or playing Angry Birds and spend a solid hour listening.”

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