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Entries from May 31st, 2011

I Read the Newspapers with a Lively Interest – “Scoop” – Evelyn Waugh

May 31st, 2011 · Comments Off on I Read the Newspapers with a Lively Interest – “Scoop” – Evelyn Waugh · Ethics, Journalism, Newspapers, The Media

I read the newspapers with lively interest. It is seldom that they are absolutely, point-blank wrong. That is the popular belief, but those who are in the know can usually discern an embryo of truth, a little grit of fact, like the core of a pearl, round which have been deposited the delicate layers of […]

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War Stories – “Unpolished Gem” – Alice Pung

May 31st, 2011 · Comments Off on War Stories – “Unpolished Gem” – Alice Pung · Ethnicity, Genocide, History, Multi-culturalism

My father’s idea of getting familiar with someone was to tell them war stories. He didn’t do it to sober them up or edify them. He did it to crack them up. “This fish reminds me of the Pol Pot years when the starved, dead bodies floated up the river during the flood. I got […]

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The Holocaust was pretty bad – “All Too Human: A Political Education” – George Stephanopoulos

May 31st, 2011 · Comments Off on The Holocaust was pretty bad – “All Too Human: A Political Education” – George Stephanopoulos · Political Communication, Politics, US Politics, USA

The thought of the president trying to concentrate on his delivery as gobbledygook whirred by his eyes made me sick with worry — for him and me. This screwup might not have been my fault, but it was my responsibility. ‘This is the worst thing that’s ever happened,’ I muttered. ‘I dunno,’ replied Mike Feldman, […]

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Original Sin – “All Too Human: A Political Education” – George Stephanopoulos

May 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on Original Sin – “All Too Human: A Political Education” – George Stephanopoulos · Morality, Philosophy, Politics, US Politics

I believe in original sin … I know that I’m capable of craving a cold beer in a village of starving kids … I understand that selfishness vies for space in our hearts with compassion …

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On the Natural Superiority of Books as a Cultural Form – “The Polysyllabic Spree”, Nick Hornby

May 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on On the Natural Superiority of Books as a Cultural Form – “The Polysyllabic Spree”, Nick Hornby · Reading Related, Writing

One of the reasons I wanted to write this column, I think, is because I assumed that the cultural highlight of my month would arrive in book form, and that’s true, for probably eleven months of the year. Books are, let’s face it, better than everything else…. Even if you love movies and music as […]

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On Reading Long Books – “The Polysyllabic Spree”, Nick Hornby

May 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on On Reading Long Books – “The Polysyllabic Spree”, Nick Hornby · Reading Related

‘We fought, Wilkie Collins and I. We fought bitterly and with all our might, to a standstill, over a period of about three weeks, on trains and aeroplanes and by hotel swimming pools. Sometimes – usually late at night, in bed – he could put me out cold with a single paragraph; every time I […]

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Reading is a Domestic Activity – “The Polysyllabic Spree”, Nick Hornby

May 29th, 2011 · Comments Off on Reading is a Domestic Activity – “The Polysyllabic Spree”, Nick Hornby · Reading Related

Reading is a domestic activity and is therefore susceptible to any changes in the domestic environment.

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Buying Books – “The Polysyllabic Spree”, Nick Hornby

May 29th, 2011 · Comments Off on Buying Books – “The Polysyllabic Spree”, Nick Hornby · Reading Related

‘I bought so many books this month it’s obscene, and I’m not owning up to them all: this is a selection. And to be honest, I’ve been economical with the truth for months now. I keep finding books that I bought, didn’t read and didn’t list’

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Erudite and Financially Prudent – “The Polysyllabic Spree”, Nick Hornby

May 29th, 2011 · Comments Off on Erudite and Financially Prudent – “The Polysyllabic Spree”, Nick Hornby · Reading Related

‘I read 55% of the books I bought this month – five and a half out of ten. Two of the unread books, however, are volumes of poetry, and, to my way of thinking, poetry books work more like books of reference: they go up on the shelves straightaway (as opposed to on the bedside […]

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My Intentions Are Good – “The Polysyllabic Spree”, Nick Hornby

May 29th, 2011 · Comments Off on My Intentions Are Good – “The Polysyllabic Spree”, Nick Hornby · Reading Related

I don’t want anyone writing in to point out that I spend too much money on books, many of which I will never read. I know that already. I certainly intend to read all of them, more or less. My intentions are good. Anyway, it’s my money. And I’ll bet you do it too.

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