Volume 2.24 (June 10-16)

Pick of the Week — Inside the United States (Peter Gelling, GlobalPost)– What if foreign newspapers wrote about the United States the way that US newspapers write about foreign countries?


Hackers v. suits: Why nerds become leakers (Timothy B. Lee, Wonkblog)

Dribbling Man (Robert Andrew Powell, Grantland)

Never give your kid a cold shower: advice from the worst dad on Earth (Drew Magary, Deadspin)– This hit closer to home than I am comfortable admitting.

Reading Walden in Shanghai (Rivka Maizlish, U.S. Intellectual History)– With some more general points about reception histories of national literature in foreign contexts.

Healing the Overwhelmed Physician (Jerry Avorn, NYT)


Grouping students by ability regains favor in classroom (Vivian Yee, NYT)

What Kids are Reading, In School and Out (Lynn Neary, NPR)


I’ll Have What She’s Having (Elaine Blair, NYT)


Rock and Roll, Economics and Rebuilding the Middle Class (Alan Krueger)– A speech from the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  (Yes, you read all of that correctly)

Three stories on hospital CEOs and bonuses (Kaiser Health News)


Throwing children in prison turns out to be a really bad idea (Brad Plumer, Wonkblog)

Do low taxes on the rich leave the middle class with lower wages? (Dylan Mathews, Wonkblog)

What happened to U.S. mental health care after deinstitutionalization? (Harold Pollack, Wonkblog)

Here come the Daddy Wars (Marc Tracy, The New Republic)

Ghosts of the Rio Grande (Brendan Borrell, The American Prospect)

To Stop Being the Party of Stupid You Must Stop Being Stupid (Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic)

Tell Me What is Being Done in My Name (Charles Pierce, Esquire)

The Supreme Court’s Bad Science on Gene Patents (Noah Feldman, Bloomberg View)

Nothing to Hide, Much to Fear (Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect)

Race v. Class: The False Dichotomy (Sherrilyn A. Ifill, NYT)

Foreign Affairs

Europe’s reluctant hegemon (The Economist)

Ayatollah Khamenei is Iran’s Supreme Investor (Meir Javedanfar, Bloomberg View)

The Trouble Within Islam (Tony Blair, Project Syndicate)


And shall not lead astray: the Church and ‘infallibility’ (Walter van Beek, Times and Seasons)

What is Elder’s Quorum for? (Daymon Smith, Mormonism Uncorrelated)– As usual, painfully insightful commentary.

On the crucial necessity of a faith crisis (Jacob, By Common Consent)


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