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05 – Oct – 2010

In Uncategorized on October 5, 2010 at 2:58 PM
  1. On revolutions, hierarchies and social networks – Malcolm Gladwell espouses hierarchy to bring about revolution rather than the chaotic and generally disorganized networks – Culture – 4300 words – New Yorker
  2. Retranslating Madame Bovary – Lydia Davis on her thoughts on retranslating and translation in general – Books – 800 words – Paris Review
  3. Against MFA / Programme Literature – A long meditation on the shortfalls of MFA programs – Books – 8400 words – London Review of Books
  4. More on MFA – A student of MFA discussed the debate over at the Rumpus. The bestsellers have no MFA degrees but New Yorker’s best 20 under 40 has many MFA – Books – 2300 words – The Rumpus
  5. Even more on MFA – More power to Elif Batuman says this piece (The comments are the real gems) – Books – 2700 words – The Millions
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30 – Sep – 2010

In Books, culture, Interview, marketing on September 30, 2010 at 6:18 AM
  1. Rethinking CAPTCHAs as advertising tool – People give their undivided attention to them, making them the perfect micro-location for advertising (plus additional revenues for publishers as well – 600 words – Marketing – AdAge
  2. Interview with Ernest Hemingway – Brilliant, last line gems in this one – 8000 words – Books Interview – Paris Review
  3. Interview with Kurt Vonnegut – 4 different interview stitched together with a final interview by the author with himself – 10000 words – Books Interview – Paris Review
  4. Acronyms and Initialism – The growth of acroyms and initialism in modern life – 2100 words – Culture – Economist

20 Sep – 2010

In Books, Business, Interview, marketing, Psychology, Science on September 21, 2010 at 7:08 AM
  1. Writing about mediocrities, only drags you down to their level – A hostile review of the recent hit over the years – Freedom by Jonathan Franzer – 2600 words – Books – The Atlantic
  2. Influencers, marketing and pharma industry – Key opinion leaders or influencers or the thought leaders and their shady role in promoting new drugs and being the bell boy of big pharma cos – 3000 words – Business Marketing Psychology – Chronicle of Higher Education
  3. Teaching english to Tokyo underworld – where the teacher learnt more than the student – 1800 words – Culture – Blog
  4. Tete-a-tete with Attenborough and Dawkins -Interview with the two scientists, where they argue on wonder versus magic – 1700 words – Science Interview – Guardian

19 – Sep – 2010

In Business, culture on September 20, 2010 at 10:27 AM
  1. Essays, scribe on iTunes model – Micro selling essays, piece by piece, a la iTunes. Works only in digital medium though – 450 words – Culture Business – NYT
  2. “…old fiance of mine called Paul” – Continuing series on Creativity between pairs, Lennon / McCartney – 2600 words – Culture – Slate
  3. Correlating engineering and Terrorism – Another occupation worthy of engineers – 1000 words – Culture – NYT
  4. Inside Foxconn – A profile of the sprawling Foxconn and the man behind it, Terry Gou (a dominant supplier to Apple, Dell, HP and many more) – 5200 words – Business – BW

15 – Sep – 2010

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2010 at 4:33 PM
  1. Role of twosome in creativity – Exploration of the role of pairs, threes and more in the field of creativity (And also a refresher against the single man myth obsession in history) – 3200 words – Culture – Slate
  2. Inside John Lennon / Paul McCartney – Slate continues its excellent series on pairs in creativity. This time its the Beatles – 4800 words – Culture – Slate

14 – Sep – 2010

In Books, Business, culture, Cyberspace, marketing, Science on September 14, 2010 at 11:11 AM
  1. Profiling Ryanair’s CEO – Discomfort, paying for toilet, lifting your own bags to the aircraft – Think cost and think getting from A to B minus the show – 2700 words – Culture – BW
  2. Away from it, into it, and then away from it – Third part in a man’s journey into war and away from it – 1600 words – Culture – NYT
  3. Forgotten lessons in pricing – Making it tougher for people to market / sell. Old Marketing 101 concepts – 900 words – Marketing – Pop Economics
  4. A furious novel and a girly cover – Author Lionel Shriver talks on the 80 – 20 divide in cover design of books written by female authors. Boy, she is furious – 1000 words – Books Culture – Guardian
  5. Behind BPGlobalPR – Interview with the outed man behind BPGlobalPR, who turns out to be a comedian. Interesting – 3200 words – cyberspace – Theawl
  6. First Africa, now Australia – A peep at how China is feeding its huger for resources. First it was Africa and now Australia and the model in same. At first – Come in, use locals and later use cheaper resources from home – 3700 words – Foreign Policy – BW
  7. Future speak – A peek into the words that might be used tomorrow, who knows starting with say – Omniscience Fatigue!! – 900 words – Culture Cyberspace – NYT
  8. From long short to long land – Land grabbing by firms, to position themselves on resource rich lands, is the next in thing – 1200 words -Business – Telegraph
  9. The lies in the name of science – The limits of the science and media mediated science is not that good, really – 1500 words – Science – Blog
  10. Sean Parker, the man behind Napster, Facebook and well many more – A profile of an extreme gifted person, who was behind Napster, FB and its not Zuckerberg – 4000 words – cyberspace Culture – Vanity Fair
  11. Greece, Bonds, Stimulus and corruption – Author (of hugely popular Liar’s Poker) Michael Lewis writes a true as a fact, long article on the extent of corruption and how Greece self destructed – 12000 words – Culture – Vanity Fair
  12. Part 4 / 5 – A soldier’s essay on his going in and coming out of Iraq (part 4 / 5) – 3100 words – Culture – NYT

08 – Sep – 2010

In Books, Interview, Science on September 8, 2010 at 3:30 PM
  1. “You know, filling in the genitalia.” – Well, literally. Interview with the author on the rise, Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story. Incidentally he also teaches a writing course in Univ. of Columbia called “The Hysterical Male” – 2700 words – Interview Books – FT (Also the book’s trailer)
  2. Curving soccer balls – Science explains why long distance soccer shots curve magically in the air – 500 words – Sports Science – SciAm
  3. Well, telecommuting is not so green – Do you think telecommuting is green? Hold your horses – 1000 words – Culture – Slate
  4. “The result is a pair of religious books curiously devoid of ancient lore and esoteric beliefs, history and holiness—curiously devoid of religion itself.” – Critique on the minimalism and thinness of “The Secret” mystery books – 4000 words – Books – New Yorker
  5. No dryers in China – Why the ordinary people don’t use cloth dryers (in washing machines etc) in China; clue – ingrained – 800 words – Culture – WaPo
  6. The Rise and rise and rise and fall of Saatchi & Saatchi – The story of S&S, its rise, branding and the fall of a big bad company – 3500 words – Culture – The Independent
  7. Long live the nose – A peek into the social history of perfumes, in which I got to know that Chanel 5 is 90 years old. Phew! – 2500 words – Culture – The Independent
  8. Saving the EU – Profile of the man who will save the EU if required and his organization, the European Financial Stability Facility – 1300 words – Foreign Policy – Der Spiegel
  9. Away from it, into it, and then away from it – An ex soldier’s account of doing it, the war I mean in it and away from it – 3000 words – Culture – NYT

07 – Sep – 10

In Books, culture, Cyberspace, Foreign Policy, Psychology on September 7, 2010 at 2:53 PM
  1. Not explaining colour preferences – Human’s preferences for colours with a large subset of variations of hues and tones can still not be explained singularly. Feature v/s objects, preferential variation over time – 1900 words – Psychology – International Culture & Cognition Institute
  2. The new geographical division of Europe – Hint – It is not along the horizontal lines, it is along the vertical lines of North and South – 700 words – Foreign Policy – Slate
  3. Authors and their day jobs – Author John Grisham on his day jobs – 1000 words – Books – NYT
  4. Saving the world and the Hegemon – How China saved the world but why being a hegemon is a thankless task? – 900 words – Foreign Policy – Project Syndicate
  5. Whither Open Data? – An essential argument between access and means of access. How openly available data is being used and misused (empowering the empowered) on the basis of availability, skills etc – 2000 words – Cyberspace – Blog
  6. At a war – an believer and an atheist – A chaplain and his atheist assistant in Iraq – 2000 words – Culture – WSJ
  7. Word-bytes on business – Three point agenda on business – 900 words – Culture – The Atlantic
  8. “Happiness is subjective, it takes many forms, and one of its forms is immorality” – Against the pursuit of happiness – 4500 words – Reflections – The Guardian
  9. “Any attempt to get tough with the Chinese would also bite us in the ass,” – About the stance of labour unions on the rise of China and the debate on political stance “whither the carrot or the stick” – 4500 words – Foreign Policy – The Nation

06 – Sep – 2010

In Books, culture, Numbers on September 6, 2010 at 3:58 PM
  1. What’s up with Data mining? – Network analysis is the next evolution of data mining which takes into account the social setting in uncovering patterns in numbers. Spends a few paras on India and then as usual the focus is on US. I wonder why is that? – 1800 words – Numbers Culture – Economist
  2. Against “Truman Show” and neo-consumerism – A blogmom’s advice on being minimalist and avoid/evade the fictional reality cast by media and its shenanigans – 1000 words – Culture – Blog
  3. Save ye old bookstore – Peek-a-boo at saving brick & mortar book stores. “The Strand”, NY has been tagged as “browsing mecca”. Ooh, I wish I were there – 500 words – Books – Blog
  4. Seduction, the pick up artist and love – The art of picking up (it’s not those cheesy lines), the seduction. The art of love v/s art of seduction – an argument against the latter – 14000 words – Culture – Point Mag
  5. Interview with a graffiti artist – An interview with a graffiti artist – Banksy – 1200 words – Interview – The Sun

03 – Sep – 2010

In culture, Cyberspace on September 3, 2010 at 1:35 PM
  1. Google as a central structural unit of the world” – “… however much the prospect of millions of people living out their lives in individual witness protection programs, prisoners of their own youthful folly, appeals to my novelistic Kafka glands.” – 900 words – Cyberspace Culture – NYT
  2. Why President Obama’s end-of-war speech is muted? – “We left Iraq undefeated and unvictorious” – 1600 words – Culture – New Yorker
  3. A moving profile of an Iraqi interpreter by his platoon leader – 3000 words – Culture – WaPo
  4. Inside America’s toughest jails – A hit-the-nail on its head account of life inside a bad prison. Ironically the author attributes his new found career / life to the prison. – 1500 words – Culture – Guardian
  5. Where to put the “wrong” – An old post discussing xkcd’s famous cartoon on network discourse – 500 words – Language – Language Log
  6. Impact of language on thought – Via Language Log, this post again discussed why methodology is important in deriving the conclusions drawn for e.g. here – 1700 words – Language – Blog
  7. A day in the life of the President – A brilliant, to be quoted article on a peek into the day in the life of a President. The loony age we live in, disintegrated media, lobbying get their wordbytes – 10000 words – Culture – Vanity Fair
  8. “The sheer, endless beauty and depth of evolutionary theory is far beyond the dullness of a divine Creation” – An interview with celebrated neurologist, Dr. Oliver Sacks – 4200 words – Interview – Plos