Selected Reading (10/06/09)

June 10, 2009 at 9:45 pm | Posted in Misc. | 3 Comments

So as you might’ve discovered from the post below, the break hasn’t deterred me from writing in 1,000 words what could’ve easily been written in 500. Exercises the old fingers, I guess, but you might have more fun clicking on some stuff I’ve read:

  • Andy Smith transcribes an absolutely hilarious interview between BBC Radio Sheffield’s Toby Foster & the new English Democrat Mayor of Doncaster.
  • Sarah Ditum republishes an old piece about the atheism of Christopher Hitchens.
  • Julia Smith bemoans the corporatisation of punk.
  • Afua Hirsch calls for a cut in prison numbers.
  • Turns out there’s a North-South divide on alcohol abuse.
  • New Philanthropy Capital has an interesting report on the prospects of charity mergers to survive times of economic doom.
  • Brad Plumer asks whether energy is slipping down President Obama’s to-do list.
  • Marc Lynch ponders the consequences of the Iranian election.
  • Daniel Larison dissects a new opinion poll and muses over the foreign policy connotations.
  • Camera Obscura do Minnesota public radio.
  • And I just felt like posting a video of Fleet Foxes playing in some picturesque location. There are worse ways to spend 7 minutes.


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  1. Good to see another Larison reader, I must say! That’s an excellent blog, one of the most thoughtful & aware to come out of America. I don’t like most of his paleocon mates though.

  2. Yeah, I’m a great admirer. I think what sets him apart from the other paleocons (and other US righties in general) is a constant curiosity and enough generosity of spirit to work through the implications of a competing point of view. It’s good faith stuff, basically, and that’s often the most interesting.

  3. Yes, if a bit maddening sometimes! But I suppose it is the mark of a good blogger that I stick with him even when he enrages me :D

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