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.
Wired Magazine – How Khan Academy Is Changing the Rules of Education – Clive Thompson – An unlikely educational revolutionary, but one supported by Bill Gates.
The New Yorker – Rupert Murdoch’s Tabloid Culture – Anthony Lane – A masterly dissection of the Murdoch mess and what led up to it.
ESPN – Who invented the high five? – Jon Mooallem – Just that, in three parts. Seriously.
The New York Review of Books – How Google Dominates Us – James Gleick – The author of Information reviews four books on Google.
Wired Magazine – All Natural: Why Breasts Are the Key to the Future of Regenerative Medicine – Sharon Begley – A San Diego company plans to use stem cells to replace and augment women’s breasts.
The Guardian – Antonio Banderas: Almodóvar and me – Xan Brooks – The author interviews Almodóvar’s favourite actor.
Gizmodo – Steve Jobs Lays It Down For Playboy – Steve Jobs interviewed by Playboy in 1987. Just for the articles.
NYTimes Sunday Book Review – The Mechanic Muse – The Jargon of the Novel, Computed – Ben Zimmer – It turns out that there are certain things we only say in “novelese” and rarely if ever in real true life, such as “bolt upright” for example.
The New Yorker – The Mission to Get Osama Bin Laden: What Happened that Night in Abbottabad – Nicholas Schmidle – A very detailed telling of the the events by someone who clearly had access to most of the facts.
Geist – Canada for Spartans – Stephen Henighan – A deconstruction of the book for immigrants, Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship (2009).
The New York Review of Books – The Human Face of Type – Edward Mendelson – Helvetic versus Optima. “People who love type have been known to confess to each other in secret … that in certain moods they are emotionally moved by Optima.”