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Royal Baby’s First Year Widely Considered Disappointing — LONDON ( The Borowitz Report)-Britain's Prince George, who is celebrating his first birthday this week, is facing a rising chorus of criticism within the United Kingdom, with many calling the first year of his reign a major disappointment. Alistair Strott, a journalist and one of George's most outspoken critics, calls the Prince's first year "long on hype and short on solid achievement."
Jul 23, 2014

Royal baby’s first year widely considered disappointing

Jul 23, 2014

Royal Baby’s First Year Widely Considered Disappointing

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Guy Walks Into a Bar — So a guy walks into a bar one day and he can't believe his eyes. There, in the corner, there's this one-foot-tall man, in a little tuxedo, playing a tiny grand piano. So the guy asks the bartender, "Where'd he come from?" And the bartender's, like, "There's a genie in the men's room who grants wishes."
Jul 23, 2014

This is the greatest story you'll ever read about a genie, a twelve-inch pianist, and daddy issues.…

Jul 23, 2014

Simply wonderful. The best Guy Walks Into a Bar joke… via @newyorker

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Query, a new board game for the age of Google autocomplete — No one has all the right answers, but the Internet has more than enough to go around. Online search engines have their own notion of correctness-it's not about the accuracy of the results but the precision of the question. Google, for instance, will gently set right my query regarding the "New York Hankees."

Terror Prosecutions and Muslim-Americans — Several years ago, I participated in a study of relations between Muslim-American communities and law enforcement. The study focused on local councils that brought the two groups together to share concerns and information. One F.B.I. agent, asked to describe his work with a council, opened his remarks with a telltale slip: "When we go out to meet the enemy-uh, I mean, the community."
Jul 23, 2014

RT @ArifCRafiq: "One FBI agent...opened his remarks w/ a telltale slip: 'When we go out to meet the enemy—uh, I mean, the community'”…

The Brontes as Teachers — if ( typeof CN !== "undefined" ) { if ( CN.dart ) { "yrailTop", { sz: ( CN.isMobile ? "320x50" : "300x250" ), kws: [ "top" ], collapse: true } ); } }ABSTRACT: The general feeling about the teaching experience of Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne Bronte is that it was little short of martyrdom.
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Bookmarked for later reading: Muriel Spark on the Brontes as teachers in the unlocked @NewYorker archives…

Learning from Elaine — I met Elaine Stritch only once. She was holding court in a reception hall at the Paley Center, on West Fifty-Second Street, wearing her trademark round spectacles and a huge brown mink slung over her lower half for warmth (even at eighty-nine, she kept her slender legs on display at most times).
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RT @NewYorker: “The biggest holes are often left behind by those who knew their own potential.” @rachsyme on Elaine Stritch:

A Sudden Illness — if ( typeof CN !== "undefined" ) { if ( CN.dart ) { "yrailTop", { sz: ( CN.isMobile ? "320x50" : "300x250" ), kws: [ "top" ], collapse: true } ); } }ABSTRACT: PERSONAL HISTORY about the writer's experience with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Joan Acocella - The New Yorker — Joan Acocella has written for The New Yorker, reviewing dance and books, since 1992, and became the magazine's dance critic in 1998. Her article "Cather and the Academy" was included in the "The Best American Essays 1996"; she later expanded the essay into the book "Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism."
Jul 23, 2014

I'm tickled pink that Joan Acocella recommends my piece about Ping-Pong.…

I-eclectic, Reminiscent, Amused, Fickle, Perverse — Ahmet Ertegun, the head man at Atlantic Records, sat in a restaurant, put one hand on the table in front of him, and snapped his fingers. He looked across the room abstractedly. Across the room, there was a brown velvet wall punctuated by English hunting prints.

A Raised Hand - The New Yorker — Dorothy Giunta-Cotter knew that someday her husband, William, would kill her. They met in 1982, when he was twenty and she was fifteen: a girl with brown eyes and cascading dark hair. Over the course of twenty years, he had kidnapped her, beaten her, and strangled her with a telephone cord.
Jul 23, 2014

One year later, this piece from @RachelLSnyder on domestic violence and homicide is still stunning:… #TNYArchive

Beastly Appetites — One night in the fall of 2009, Crystal Galbraith, a slender twenty-six-year-old vegan activist with bleached-blond hair and a mole under her right eye, put on her best dress, a knee-length, tight-fitting black number by the Row, and set out to save the animals.
Jul 23, 2014

@teen_archer @emmaspan that reminds me of my very favorite new yorker piece in the past 18 months, bout eating whale:…

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Jul 23, 2014

Since somehow we're talking about which animals are OK to eat, and b/c the New Yorker's archives are open:…

Laurel Braitman's "Animal Madness" — Perhaps because we're bombarded on all sides by animal cuteness, there's something appealing about a book called "Animal Madness." Enough with all the cuddling, you might think; it's time for the real story, which Laurel Braitman, a historian of science with a Ph.D. from M.I.T., aims to tell.