Sunday 2.12.2017 New York Times Digest


1. It’s Not Really on Your Side

“Time is not only something we live immersed in, like fish in water, but also an element of our lives with which we constantly struggle, which drives us crazy, opens up possibilities, lulls us and loses us.”

2. More Women in Their 60s and 70s Are Having ‘Way Too Much Fun’ to Retire

“Women have become significantly more likely to work into their 60s and even 70s, often full time, according to the analyses. And many of these women report that they do it because they enjoy it.”

3. Japan Limited Immigration; Now It’s Short of Workers

“Its tough stance on immigration — legal and illegal — is causing problems. Many Japanese industries are suffering from severe labor shortages, which has helped put a brake on economic growth.”

4. Why Falling Home Prices Could Be a Good Thing

“Instead of looking at homes as investments, what if we regarded them like a TV or a car or any other consumer good? People might expect home prices to go down instead of up.”

5. Feeling ‘Pressure All the Time’ on Europe’s Treadmill of Temporary Work

“Meet the new generation of permatemps in Europe.”

6. What We’re Fighting For

“From our founding we have made these kinds of moral demands of our soldiers. It starts with the oath they swear to support and defend the Constitution, an oath made not to a flag, or to a piece of ground, or to an ethnically distinct people, but to a set of principles established in our founding documents. An oath that demands a commitment to democracy, to liberty, to the rule of law and to the self-evident equality of all men. The Marines I knew fought, and some of them died, for these principles.”

7. Caitlyn Jenner’s Mission

“As I listened, I wondered whether L.G.B.T. rights really ought not to be the most conservative of causes. Above all else we want to be left alone, without interference, to live our lives with truth and grace. What could be more conservative than that?”

8. Microbes, a Love Story

“The microbes we carry, the same ones that make us attractive to potential mates, also directly influence our reproductive success. So when mammals choose mates based on the glow of health, they’re choosing not just an attractive set of genes, but also perhaps a microbial community that might facilitate reproduction.”

9. How to Do Social Science Without Data

Modernity and the Holocaust was a work of theory and synthesis. He collected no data and had no methodology to speak of. That didn’t make it any less of a powerful contribution.”

10. Since When Is Being a Woman a Liberal Cause?

“Who gets to define what it means to be pro-women?”

11. Finally, a Screenplay by James Baldwin

“The film covers the five years in which those leaders were assassinated, but it also retells the history of the long 20th century and now 21st century through the lens of American race relations. Mr. Peck achieves this by using rare footage of Baldwin giving interviews and speeches in the 1960s, and even more impressive, by revealing how intimately tied the technologies of American film have always been to our country’s practices and policies of racial inequality.”

12. Blaxploitation Movies Are Ready to Stream, Nostalgia Included

“The more mainstream services such as Netflix and Amazon don’t offer a whole lot of black filmmaking outside of the parameters established by Tyler Perry and David E. Talbert — relatively conventional melodramas and comedies with varying amounts of social consciousness.”

13. ‘The Ring’ Told Us in 2002 That the Medium Is the Monster

“You would think that a 15-year-old horror movie that makes a VCR complicit in a series of murders would come across today as a laughable concept. But it is the idea of ‘death by watching’ that resonates the most now, especially given the way the latest sequel upgrades the technology, threading the idea of a soul’s journey into our iPhones and QuickTime files.”

14. ‘Planet Earth II’: A Lizard’s Great Escape

“The most memorable screen performance of 2016 won’t be recognized at the Oscars in a couple weeks. For one thing, it appeared on television. For another, it was given by an iguana.”

15. Move Over, Wikipedia. Dictionaries Are Hot Again.

“Right now there are a lot of questions about what is true. We want clear statements about what things are, and dictionaries provide that.”

16. The Major Blind Spots in Macroeconomics

“Economists literally think they have nothing to learn from anyone else.”

17. How a Fractious Women’s Movement Came to Lead the Left

“The women’s movement has not always been a site for unity. It has been marked just as deeply by its fractures, failures and tensions. But more than a century of internal turmoil has also forced the movement to reckon with its divisions. Now, the question is whether it can bring even more Americans into the fold.”

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