You Might Like… Ten Temptations to Digression on Books, Torture, Books, Speed, Parking, Books, and More

This is a post in a series appearing each Friday, setting out some articles, videos, podcasts and the like that contributors at Slaw are enjoying and that you might find interesting. The articles 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.

Visual News – Mountains of Books Become Mountains – Benjamin Starr – Guy Laramee carves stacks of discarded books into fantastic mountainous shapes. All very romantic. And it gives you (me, at least) a strange frisson to see these revered objects cut into stones. Much to do about books today, as you’ll see from what follows.

The Atlantic – Torturer’s Apprentice – Cullen Murphy – But first, a frisson of the rather more serious kind, because, alas, we need to know. “The new science of interrogation is not, in fact, so new at all: ‘extraordinary rendition’ and ‘enhanced interrogation’ and ‘waterboarding’ all spring directly from the practices of the medieval Roman Catholic Church. The distance, in both technique and ideology, between the Inquisition’s interrogation regime and 21st-century America’s is uncomfortably short…”

The Economist – Daily chart: Feeling gloomy – anon – A “misery index” for eighteen countries, ranking them on the bases of unemployment and inflation. Canada comes in at #5—from the bottom, thankfully. But what can you say about an index in which Qatar wins?

Type Books – The Joy of Books – crazedadman – This is the video that’s got everyone all atwitter. And it is indeed charming. Sure beats trying to imagine what my computers get up to at night.

The Morning News – Now That Books Mean Nothing – Nell Boeschenstein – A woman who has had a double mastectomy finds that though she’s a “literary type” books aren’t what she wants or needs. (If you don’t know The Morning News, you might want to take a look.)

The Daily Beast – “America, But Better” – The Dish – Andrew Sullivan – A delightful sendup of US politics and of Canada in which “Canada” declares his candidacy for President of the United States. Some people on both sides of the border managed to get upset about this vid.

Think Quarterly – Speed – Google – “The Speed issue of Google’s Think Quarterly is about this acceleration of everything – what is changing and how it works, why it matters and when it doesn’t.”

Simon & Schuster – In One Person (an excerpt) – John Irving – A good long free slice from this novelist’s new work. If you’re on the edge about buying, this could help tip you pro or con.

Los Angeles Magazine – Between the Lines – Dave Gardetta – Thoughts on parking in the car capital of the US. “That prized garage space or curbside spot you’ve been yearning for may be costing you—and the city—in ways you never realized. A journey into the world of parking, where meter maids are under siege, everybody’s on the take, and the tickets keep on coming.”

YouTube – The Page Turner – Joseph Herscher – This is how Rube Goldberg and Heath Robinson started, surely. There is something quite splendid about inefficiency, and the more complex the better. If I ever have to turn over a new leaf, this is how I’d like to do it.

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