This is a post in a series to appear occasionally, setting out some articles that contributors at Slaw are reading and that you might find interesting. These tend to be longer than blog posts and shorter than books, just right for that stolen half hour on the weekend. It’s also likely that most of them won’t be about law — just right for etc.
Please let us have your recommendations for what we and our readers might like.
The Walrus – Back to the Future: Junior Boys are reinventing synth-pop for the digital age – Andre Mayer – Composers of electronic music from Hamilton, Ontario, are still at work. [Also, listen to them: Junior Boys - ep (2011)]
Religion Dispatches – God’s Law is the Only Law: The Genesis of Michele Bachmann – Sarah Posner – A report on a lecture by the Institute on the Constitution at the Heritage Community Church in Severn, Maryland.
Wired Magazine – Harnessing the Power of Feedback Loops – Thomas Goetz – Traffic, following doctors’ orders, conservation—these and more may be improved by skillful use of our brain’s fondness for our own data.
Intelligent Life Women in China: A Social Revolution – Hilary Spurling – Women in China have long been silenced or sidelined—if they weren’t smothered at birth. But now a booming economy has transformed their lives.
PLoS Blogs NeuroTribes – An Eye-Opening Adventure in Socialized Medicine – Steve Silberman – A Yankee in London is astonished by free medical care.
The New Yorker “Gravel” – Alice Munro – A story by one of the best fiction writers alive.
Gilt Taste – Chasing Perfection – Francis Lam – The author finds out from top chefs how to make an omelet.
The Morning News – The Age of Mechanical Reproduction – Paul Ford – The writer talks about his wife’s attempt at in-vitro fertilzation.
The New York Review of Books – Slide Show: Mark Twain’s ‘Advice to Little Girls’ – Vladimir Radunsky – Delightful illustrations to Twain’s cheeky text.
New York Times | Travel – A Turkish Idyll Lost in Time – Liesl Schillinger – A thorough travel piece on a two-square-mile island. Wish we were there.
The Paris Review – Harvard and Class – Misha Glouberman – The author, a Montrealer, looks back on the time at Harvard and has mixed feelings about whether all that “class” was wasted in Canada.
The Guardian | Book Review – Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud (trans. John Ashbery) – Charles Bainbridge – Ashbery’s recent translation focuses us again on these “magical, dynamic” poems. [Also, one of the Illuminations: "After the Flood" - Rimbaud, by Ashbery. And "Après le Déluge," Rimbaud.]