You Might Like … to Dally With Waits, Style, Fogo, Africa, Rich, Pay 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.


The Guardian – Tom Waits: ‘I look like hell but I’m going to see where it gets me’ – Tim Adams – “With his 17th album out, he heads for his local roadhouse (for coffee) and talks about songwriting, hard living and his fear of phones.” (Samples from the albumn are online) He’s one of the great romantic songwriters; just check out what Holly Cole does with his stuff on her albumn Temptation.

The Economist – Style Guide – anon – Look like hell and style might help, but not this kind of style. This is the sort that keeps language in line and it can’t hurt to browse it. You may find, though, that you fall at the first hurdle, which is Orwell’s first elementary rule: “Never use a Metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.” Yikes. Imagine living without “going forward.”

The Millions – Where We Write – Editor – Now you know what to write, where will you do it? That’s the question posed to eleven writers. Can’t imagine writing in bed like Michael Bourne or on the coffee table like Lydia Kiesling.

Prose from Poetry Magazine – Everyone Is an Immigrant – Eliza Griswold – And the “where” of things is indeed important. Imagine being crowded onto the island of Lampedusa along with “citizens of Chad, Sudan, Somalia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, among other nations,” awaiting refuge in Italy. Lovely prose — and some poetry too.

The New York Times – The Possibility of an Island in Canada – Jim Lewis – Another island, as far from Lampedusa in most senses as may be possible: Fogo Island, “a freckle of land that lies off the northeast corner of Newfoundland, Canada, with a population of 2,700 or so scattered across a series of fishing communities with names like Seldom, Joe Batt’s Arm and Tilting.” The NYTimes Magazine finds Newfoundland interesting.

imgur Gallery – Africa (circa 1908?) – The Wells Missionary Map Co. – An important and graphic reminder.


NPR – Paul McCartney Blows ‘Kisses’ To His Father’s Era – Terry Gross – McCartney talks about his new albumn of standards (“Kisses on the Bottom” – part of a line from the song “I’m going to sit right down and write myself a letter”) and his dad the musician in this 45 minute interview. There are also links to a couple of the songs from the albumn.

YouTube – PAL-V Flying Car: Maiden Flight – PalVco – Also retro in its own way is the notion of the flying car. We were all supposed to be whizzing around aloft in our personal craft long before the Jetsons portrayed it. Now it seems it may happen. Could even be cooler than a jet pack.

The New Yorker – Postscript: Adrienne Rich, 1929-2012 – Staff – And now permanently in the past, sadly, is the feminist poet Adrienne Rich. But her poems should live on. The New Yorker offers us seven of her early works (in images of their vintage editions, themselves quite interesting).

Harvard Business Review – HBR’s List of Audacious Ideas for Solving the World’s Problems – multiple authors – And as a needed pick-me-up, here are more than a dozen creative plans from some smart people. Audacious, yes, but, as the HBR says, “not quixotic.” One of my faves: “Stop Tying Pay to Performance. The evidence is overwhelming: it doesn’t work.”

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