The Nightstand (August 12th)


I, Nephi: Mormonism and its meanings (Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker)– A review essay of four recent and forthcoming books on Mormonism.

A Mormon Girl Among Jews (Joanna Brooks, Tablet)– If you have not seen Joanna’s appearance on the Daily Show this week, go there now.

To Do the Business of the Church: A Cooperative Paradigm for Examining Gendered Participation Within Church Organizational Structure (Neylan McBaine, 2012 FAIR Conference)– Neylan is my wife’s cousin, one she was close to as a child.  Even aside from that fact, this presentation is eminently worthy of the time you take to read it.

Ethics and Society

The Perfect Non-Crime (Michael L. Rich, NYT)

Anything but Human (Richard Polt, NYT)

Women’s (and Men’s) Issues

The Upside of Ugly (Jessica Valenti, The Nation)

Who said “We could have it all”? (Ruth Rosen, Open Democracy)

Politics and Policy

The Silver Lining in the Drought (William G. Moseley, NYT)

The Folly of Attacking Outsourcing (Eduardo Porter, NYT)

Unintended Causation (Glenn Greenwald, Salon)

Big Med: Can Hospital Chains Improve the Medical Industry? (Atul Gawande, The New Yorker)– I tend to think that the cheesecake is the best thing at the Cheesecake Factory, so that may destroy the point of this article but it is exciting to see these principles introduced to medicine.

Here’s What Russian Bank Pussy Riot Said at the Conclusion of their Controversial Blasphemy Trial (Adam Taylor, Business Insider)


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