5.29.2011 New York Times Digest


1. “Liking Is for Cowards. Go for What Hurts.”

“The ultimate goal of technology, the telos of techne, is to replace a natural world that’s indifferent to our wishes — a world of hurricanes and hardships and breakable hearts, a world of resistance — with a world so responsive to our wishes as to be, effectively, a mere extension of the self.”

2. “When Everything Is Gone, Including a Sense of Direction”

“In the collective memory of Joplin, the Sunday evening tornado arrived quickly and left slowly, as if taking its time, even with 200-mile-an-hour winds, to underscore the Robert Burns reference to the best-laid plans of mice and men. Twisting and howling, widening and narrowing, it mowed east across the city’s midsection, just below the revitalized downtown where the streetlights evoke the lamps used by the underground miners of Joplin’s raucous past.”

3. “Gil Scott-Heron, Voice of Black Culture, Dies at 62”

“He preferred to call himself a ‘bluesologist,’ drawing on the traditions of blues, jazz and Harlem renaissance poetics.”

4. “Funny or Die: Groupon’s Fate Hinges on Words”

“Groupon’s breakthrough sprang not just from the deals but from an ingredient that was both unlikely and ephemeral: words.”

5. “The Fitness Revolution Will Be Televised (After Leno)”

“His breakout idea was to create a workout program that was so hard that he dared TV viewers to try it.”

6. “The Trouble With the Echo Chamber Online”

“It’s totally creepy if you think about it.”

7. “Can I See Your License, Registration and C.P.U.?”

“Transportation is one area where progress has been slow for decades. We’re still flying 747s, a plane designed in the 1960s. Many rail and bus networks have contracted. And traffic congestion is worse than ever.”

8. “Beverly Hills: Still Elite, but …”

“Anytime I get a foreign investor, all they want is 90210. These guys in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, they don’t know anything about Brentwood.”

9. “A Generation of Slackers? Not So Much”

“The way young adults work is simply different.”

10. “The Office: Sedentary No More”

“Six habits of highly metabolic desk jockeys.”

11. “The Funnywoman, Alive and Well”

“What Bridesmaids may reveal about modern screen comedy is not that women can be funny, but rather that men and women can’t be funny at the same time, or direct their humor at one another.”

12. “Why Life is So Boring”

“When the actor George Sanders — the archetypal cad, at least on-screen, and in the title of his autobiography — committed suicide in a Spanish hotel in 1972, he left a note that began: ‘Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored.'”

13. “Noah Webster, Founding Father”

“Few other biographies give such detail to his dislikability.”

14. “David Mamet Explains His Shift to the Right”

“I’ve been alienating my public since I was 20 years old.”

15. “Inside Meghan McCain’s Bachelorette Pad”

“I am borderline obsessed with Sofia Coppola. She is unbelievably talented and has a famous father and established herself as a force to be reckoned with in her industry. She’s so much cooler than I am.”

16. “Filmmaker J. J. Abrams Is a Crowd Teaser”

“The Santa Monica building that houses Abrams’s production company, Bad Robot, is a literal, physical reflection of his sensibility. The big sign on the outside doesn’t say Bad Robot but instead National Typewriter Co., and that’s not because the building used to house such an enterprise. It’s because Abrams likes typewriters — and misdirection.”

17. “The Hangover and the Age of the Jokeless Comedy”

“In Apatow, the enemy is adulthood, which ruins life; in Phillips, the enemy is women, who ruin men.”

One response to “5.29.2011 New York Times Digest

  1. Great post Matt! I read a bunch of them…I liked the Echo Chamber article you must have some things to say on that one ;)…..also…are you bored?? Great article on boredom~as I am often bored and wondering why it keeps coming back around

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