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newyorker.com — Next month, Penguin U.K. will issue a fiftieth-anniversary edition of Roald's Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" under its Modern Classics imprint, with a cover design that is strangely but tellingly misbegotten. The image is a photograph, taken from a French fashion shoot, of a glassy-eyed, heavily made-up little girl.
Aug 29, 2014

This new cover for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is just plain creepy: newyorker.com/culture/cultur… (h/t @VikkiYourHub)

Aug 29, 2014

tasteless MT @NewYorker: New cover of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is “strangely but tellingly misbegotten,” bit.ly/1qnFOoB

Aug 29, 2014

Today's Cultural Comment: Margaret Talbot on the weird new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cover: nyr.kr/1qnwu43

Aug 29, 2014

RT @pageturner: Margaret Talbot on the new cover of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," which seems to imply a deviant adult reader newyorker.com/culture/cultur…

Aug 29, 2014

The new U.K. cover for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is pretty awful: newyorker.com/culture/cultur…

Abercrombie & Fitch Knows It’s Not Cool Anymore

newyorker.com — It might come as a surprise to readers born in the seventies or eighties that the Abercrombie & Fitch logo is no longer a marker of popularity and, in fact, hasn't been one for years.
Aug 29, 2014

Abercrombie & Fitch has basically decided, a few years late, that it's not cool anymore: ow.ly/ARDLW

The Press in Ferguson

newyorker.com — On the ninth night of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Chris King, the managing editor of the St. Louis American, one of the country's oldest black newspapers, got word from a protestor that "outside agitators" were in possession of grenades. The St.
Aug 29, 2014

Community journalism, the black press and Ferguson. Great @newyorker piece on Dr Suggs & @chriskingstl's STL American ow.ly/AQkJF

Aug 29, 2014

RT @chriskingstl: An editor at @newyorker followed me on here through a couple of wild nights & a good reporter told this story. http://t.c…

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Deliberating Bodies: Sexism and Congress

newyorker.com — When Barbara Mikulski was elected to the United States Senate in 1986, her presence doubled its female membership. As recently as the seventies, the Senate had a five-year stretch with no women. Mikulski discovered that the dress code still required women to wear skirts or dresses, so she asserted the right to wear slacks.
Aug 29, 2014

RT @hgbeard: "There are fewer women in the U.S. Congress today than in the assembly of Afghanistan." @eosnos nyr.kr/1sPJHm1

Aug 29, 2014

RT @eosnos: Sometimes a headlne writes itself: "Deliberating Bodies: Sexism and Congress" newyorker.com/news/daily-com… via @newyorker

Aug 29, 2014

The [sexist] Senate exists in a world unto itself, unencumbered by the basic protections afforded by an H.R. dept nyr.kr/1ljMuVJ

Aug 29, 2014

RT @eosnos: Sometimes a headlne writes itself: "Deliberating Bodies: Sexism and Congress" newyorker.com/news/daily-com… via @newyorker

Aug 29, 2014

Sometimes a headlne writes itself: "Deliberating Bodies: Sexism and Congress" newyorker.com/news/daily-com… via @newyorker

The Segregationist’s Daughter

newyorker.com — Among the lessons to be gleaned from the life of Essie Mae Washington-Williams is that truth need not be stranger than fiction; there are points where the two become nearly indistinguishable. Washington-Williams, who died this week at age eighty-seven, came to the public's attention a decade ago, when she announced that she was the daughter of the late Senator Strom Thurmond.

Epic Fails of the Startup World

newyorker.com — We live in the age of the startup. It's never been easier to build a product and start a company. And, thanks to the boom in angel investing and crowdfunding, it's never been easier for startups to raise money. The analytics firm CB Insights logged more than seventeen hundred seed-investment deals in the U.S.

A Tale of Springtime

newyorker.com — nspoken rivalries, ulterior motives, frustrated desires, and bilious grudges boil beneath the cool surface of Eric Rohmer's Parisian comic drama of stifled romance, from 1990. Jeanne (Anne Teyssèdre), a prim young high-school philosophy teacher, falls into a fast friendship with Natacha (Florence Darel), a gifted eighteen-year-old classical pianist.
Aug 29, 2014

RT @goingson: Eric Rohmer's Four Seasons @BAMcinematek today, A Tale of Springtime—dialectical thrashing hides unspeakable desire: newyorker.com/goings-on-abou…

Does It Help to Know History?

newyorker.com — About a year ago, I wrote about some attempts to explain why anyone would, or ought to, study English in college. The point, I thought, was not that studying English gives anyone some practical advantage on non-English majors, but that it enables us to enter, as equals, into a long existing, ongoing conversation.
Aug 29, 2014

Reading history will not show us "the right thing to do," but "why even doing the right thing rarely works out" newyorker.com/news/daily-com…

Aug 29, 2014

RT @NewYorker: “We are far more likely to be made by history than to make it.” Adam Gopnik on the value of studying history: nyr.kr/1vSXSZz

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The Twilight of Baseball

newyorker.com — If Mike Trout walked into your neighborhood bar, would you recognize him? Let me rephrase: If the baseball player who is widely considered the best in the world-a once-in-a-generation talent, the greatest outfielder since Barry Bonds, the most accomplished twenty-two-year-old that the activity formerly known as the national pastime has ever known-bent elbows over a stool and ordered an I.P.A., would anyone notice?
Aug 29, 2014

Of course Mike Trout has no Q rating. He's as charismatic as balsa wood. newyorker.com/culture/cultur…

Aug 29, 2014

an awful lot of baseball fans would immediately and emphatically answer "yes" to the intro question here newyorker.com/culture/cultur…

Aug 29, 2014

"Nobody seems to be discussing home runs any longer." goo.gl/bAEoF9

Aug 28, 2014

I wouldn’t recognize Mike Trout if he walked into a bar. Signs of MLB’s decline... ow.ly/3pn5Ac

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What People Cured of Blindness See

newyorker.com — In 2011, Dr. Pawan Sinha, a professor of vision and computational neuroscience at M.I.T., published his answer to an almost-four-hundred-year-old philosophical problem.
Aug 28, 2014

RT @nxthompson: What a doctor learned when he restored sight to 200 blind people in India. ow.ly/AQmEW

Aug 28, 2014

What a doctor learned when he restored sight to 200 blind people in India. ow.ly/AQmEW

Aug 28, 2014

Fascinating. They can identify a cube by touch but not by sight. RT @NewYorker: What People Cured of Blindness See: nyr.kr/YYonSA

Nation Debates Extremely Complex Issue of Children Firing Military Weapons

newyorker.com — WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)-Across the United States on Wednesday, a heated national debate began on the extremely complex issue of children firing military weapons. "Every now and then, the nation debates an issue that is so complicated and tricky it defies easy answers," says pollster Davis Logsdon.
Aug 28, 2014

If this wasn't so disturbing & absurd...Nation debates extremely complex iIssue of children firing military weapons nyr.kr/XXeUe3

Aug 28, 2014

Nation Debates Extremely Complex Issue of Children Firing Military Weapons newyorker.com/humor/borowitz… via @newyorker

Aug 28, 2014

Nation Debates Extremely Complex Issue of Children Firing Military Weapons newyorker.com/humor/borowitz… via @newyorker

Aug 28, 2014

'Whether it is a good idea to load a car with dynamite and drive it into a tree' newyorker.com/humor/borowitz…

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What Nick Davies Found Out

newyorker.com — When he's investigating a story, Nick Davies, of the Guardian, has been known to barrage his subjects with phone calls, wait outside their homes or offices, and accost their friends with hard-to-duck questions. Davies, who is sixty-one, works from home, because, he says, "I don't need a school prefect to stand over me."
Aug 29, 2014

"A monstering from Murdoch’s droogs is a terrible experience," says @Bynickdavies who uncovered phone hacking nyr.kr/1tJsBJ1