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What's Changed, and What Hasn't, in the Town That Inspired "To Kill a Mockingbird" | Paul Theroux
Traveling back in time to visit Harper Lee’s hometown, the setting of her 1960 masterpiece and the controversial sequel hitting bookstores soon.
july  17th  2015  paul  theroux  smithsonian  harper  lee  to  kill  a  mockingbird  travel  literature 
may 2018 by pnjman
Waddling Towards Modernisation | Jonathan Meades
Space, Hope and Brutalism: English Architecture 1945–1975 By Elain Harwood.
december  2015  literary  review  jonathan  meades  architecture  book 
july 2017 by pnjman
‘Let Me Tell You,’ by Shirley Jackson | Paul Theroux
How do we explain to the new, knowing wash-ashores, Brits and Aussies mainly, who have insinuated themselves into the media here, and into popular American culture generally, and to the very young, that there are touchstones and events that define us, that have formed us, that they know nothing about? They don’t have the slightest clue, nor do they know Bo Diddley.
27th  july  2015  nyt  paul  theroux  literature  review  shirley  jackson 
may 2017 by pnjman
Latgale | Will Mawhood
A Complicated Future Haunted By The Soviet Past.
13th  april  2015  upnorth  will  mawhood  latvia  politics  travel 
january 2017 by pnjman
Hutong Neighbours | Alec Ash
The unbearable lightness of Beijing.
21st  december  2015  anthill  alec  ash  travel  china  beijing  hutong 
november 2016 by pnjman
The Hypocrisy of ‘Helping’ the Poor | Paul Theroux
Every so often, you hear grotesquely wealthy American chief executives announce in sanctimonious tones the intention to use their accumulated hundreds of millions, or billions, “to lift people out of poverty.” Sometimes they are referring to Africans, but sometimes they are referring to Americans. And here’s the funny thing about that: In most cases, they have made their fortunes by impoverishing whole American communities, having outsourced their manufacturing to China or India, Vietnam or Mexico.
2nd  october  2015  nyt  paul  theroux  politics  usa 
september 2016 by pnjman
Why we need nature writing | Robert Macfarlane
A new “culture of nature” is changing the way we live – and could change our politics, too.
2nd  september  2015  new  statesman  robert  macfarlane  ecology  literature 
august 2016 by pnjman
Ice Cream, Socialized | Jason Motlagh
Waiting for Sweet Rapture at Cuba’s Coppelia.
spring  2015  vqr  jason  motlagh  cuba  travel  food  ice  cream  politics 
august 2016 by pnjman
In Their Own Words: The 1975 Covent Garden Beer Exhibition | Jessica Boak & Ray Bailey
In 1975, the Campaign for Real Ale invented the modern beer festival when it staged a five-day event with more than 50 beers attended by 40,000 thirsty members. Forty years on, we asked those who were there – volunteers, Campaign leaders and drinkers – to share their memories.
autumn  2015  beer  jessica  boak  ray  bailey  camra 
august 2016 by pnjman
God, football and brutophilia - and why my memoir was 17 years late | Jonathan Meades
This is a transcript of a talk, ‘Composing the Past’, given at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on 26 August 2015, about writing An Encyclopaedia of Myself, which won the Spears Memoir Prize and was shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley award.
25th  september  2015  jonathan  meades  spectator 
july 2016 by pnjman
Museum curators and art forgers are two of a kind: they’re both vain and self-deluded | Jonathan Meades
The duped party in a forgery is not all that duped. He is mutely complicit with the swindler.
16th  may  2015  spectator  jonathan  meades  art 
july 2016 by pnjman
How dedicated a fascist was Le Corbusier? | Jonathan Meades
His first building was for the Soviets, so it might be more accurate to call this celebrated modernist a promiscuous tart - like all architects.
23rd  may  2015  spectator  jonathan  meades  architecture  corbusier  politics 
july 2016 by pnjman
Is Julian Barnes right to think Lucian Freud will survive? | Jonathan Meades
Some of Barnes's speculations on the art will and won't survive - but we agree conceptual art is dead in the water.
30th  may  2015  jonathan  meades  spectator  art 
july 2016 by pnjman
Slow train coming | Matthew Engel
Unlike most of the developed world, Britain and the US are still waiting for the second age of rail.
4th  december  2015  matthew  engel  ft  railways 
april 2016 by pnjman
Scared to Get Happy | Eamonn Foster
The lack of English footballers in Europe.
26th  january  2015  ibwm  eamonn  foster  football 
february 2016 by pnjman
Birmingham’s multicultural population ideal for clinical trials | Andrew Ward
With its art deco design and red-brick structure, the original premises of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, is a symbol of 20th century medicine.
28th  september  2015  ft  andrew  ward  birmingham  medicine  science 
january 2016 by pnjman
DIPA v1.0 | Paul Jones
If you managed to read my previous post on our hoppy beer you’ll recall that I think we’re off to a good start as a brewery, but that we’ve been feeling like something is missing from our range of hop focused beers. We’re not going to push all our hoppy beers to the limits, as we prefer balance and drinkability too much to do anything like that, but what we’ve set out to do is make a beer or two a year (or more if there’s demand when ingredients are available) that’s very, very hoppy indeed.
paul  jones  cloudwater  beer  24th  december  2015 
january 2016 by pnjman
Money’s no object for flood defences – unless they’re too expensive | Mark Steel
It’s time the floods were privatised. Towns could bid each year to be one of the places drenched.
mark  steel  politics  independent  2015  december  31st  flood 
january 2016 by pnjman
The Terrible Beauty of Brain Surgery | Karl Ove Knausgaard
A witness in an operating room where the patients are conscious.
30th  december  2015  nyt  karl  ove  knausgaard  medicine  surgery  henry  marsh  albania 
december 2015 by pnjman
The British comedy Peep Show was a very funny show about very sharp pain | Emmett Rensin
I am not an obsessive viewer of anything — except this television series.
comedy  tv  culture  vox  emmett  rensin  peep  show  23rd  december  2015 
december 2015 by pnjman
The mystery of China’s missing brides | Charles Clover
They were brought in to redress the shortage of women caused by the one-child policy. But then a whole village of mail-order brides vanished.
18th  december  2015  ft  charles  clover  china  politics  relationships 
december 2015 by pnjman
Moldova's Drama on the Dniester | Alexander Clapp
Europe’s poorest country is torn between Brussels and Moscow.
18th  december  2015  national  interest  alexander  clapp  politics  moldova 
december 2015 by pnjman
Until Corbyn led the Labour party, we were all wonderfully polite | Mark Steel
If the Labour Leader had any decency he’d behave like a proper MP and go to a dinner with arms traders or offshore bankers.
mark  steel  politics  independent  2015  december  17th  jeremy  corbyn 
december 2015 by pnjman
Donald Trump's problem? He doesn't go far enough | Mark Steel
The biggest impact he has had is making other Republican candidates appear normal.
mark  steel  politics  independent  2015  december  10th  donald  trump 
december 2015 by pnjman
Japan’s 105-Hour Workweek | Peter Bungate
Lawyers at Tokyo’s top firms are at the extreme end of a culture of torturous working hours.
9th  december  2015  roads&kingdoms  peter  bungate  japan 
december 2015 by pnjman
The fall of Jersey: how a tax haven goes bust | Oliver Bullough
Jersey bet its future on finance but since 2007 it has fallen on hard times and is heading for bankruptcy. Is the island’s perilous present Britain’s bleak future?
2015  december  8th  oliver  bullough  guardian  politics  economics  jersey 
december 2015 by pnjman
If Britons are terrorist sympathisers; Isis will win the next election | Mark Steel
David Cameron called on all his command of history, Etonian diplomacy and wit to call his opponents “terrorist sympathisers”.
mark  steel  politics  independent  2015  3rd  december  syria 
december 2015 by pnjman
Oktober | Martin Amis
The crowd was diversified by thin streams of dark-skinned and dark-clothed refugees, their eyes haunted and determined, their tread leaden but firm.
martin  amis  new  yorker  7th  december  2015  germany  politics  munich 
december 2015 by pnjman
Maybe it’s time to visit the Moderate Syrian Government store | Mark Steel
The Government hasn’t grasped the extent to which Western governments are so discredited.
mark  steel  politics  independent  2015  november  26th  syria 
november 2015 by pnjman
Inflamed | Jerome Groopman
The debate over the latest cure-all craze.
30th  november  2015  new  yorker  jerome  groopman  inflammation  science  health 
november 2015 by pnjman
Lessons learned from Iraq? If at first you don’t succeed, keep bombing | Mark Steel
It appears our politicians have decided the lesson of the past 12 years of bombing a series of countries is that we need to randomly bomb one more, everything will turn out all right.
mark  steel  independent  19th  november  2015  politics  syria  isis 
november 2015 by pnjman
Why is English so weirdly different from other languages? | John McWhorter
No, English isn’t uniquely vibrant or mighty or adaptable. But it really is weirder than pretty much every other language.
language  aeon  13th  november  2015  john  mcwhorter  english 
november 2015 by pnjman
Never mind tax credits - did Corbyn kneel in front of Her Majesty? | Mark Steel
Corbyn wants to stop wars because he can’t be bothered to bow when asked to respect those killed in them.
mark  steel  politics  independent  12th  november  2015  jeremy  corbyn 
november 2015 by pnjman
The transgender woman fighting for the right to see her son | Mark Gevisser
Since Pasha, a former military sniper, began gender reassignment, most of her family has abandoned her.
12th  november  2015  guardian  mark  gevisser  russia 
november 2015 by pnjman
Why is the Sun so determined to destroy Jeremy Corbyn? Because he could be prime minister | Liam Young
The paper’s sickening “gotcha” headline about Remembrance Day just underlines how much they fear the Labour leader.
9th  november  2015  new  statesman  liam  young  politics  journalism  sun  jeremy  corbyn 
november 2015 by pnjman
Life in a Studio Apartment with my Wife and Two Sons | Greg Kroleski
Between July 2011 and August 2015 I lived in a ~400sqft studio apartment in San Francisco. I moved in a bachelor but by the time I moved out, I was one member of a four person family. Here are some things I learned along the way.
3rd  november  2015  greg  kroleski  housing 
november 2015 by pnjman
Persecuting people for not wearing poppies – now that’s real courage | Mark Steel
I recently heard a poignant tale of a family that pinned a poppy to the back of its Yorkshire Terrier, but it shook it off so they had it put down as a mark of respect.
5th  november  2015  mark  steel  independent  politics 
november 2015 by pnjman
Brewed in China | Christopher DeWolf
Brewers in Hong Kong and Beijing are creating distinctively Chinese beers unlike anything else in the world.
christopher  dewolf  roads&kingdoms  beer  china  beijing  hong  kong  5th  november  2015 
november 2015 by pnjman
Lunch with Sepp Blatter | Malcolm Moore
His reputation may be spoiled but his legacy remains intact, the suspended president of Fifa insists over ‘Mama Blatter’s salad’ in Zuric.
29th  october  2015  ft  malcolm  moore  interview  sepp  blatter  football 
october 2015 by pnjman
Chinese Goulash | Cher Tan
Life hasn’t always been easy for Budapest’s Chinese migrants, but food is helping bring two cultures together.
29th  october  2015  roads&kingdoms  cher  tan  food  china  hungary 
october 2015 by pnjman
So, Lord Lloyd-Webber, what would Jesus do about tax credits cuts? | Mark Steel
If there’s one thing he couldn’t stand, it was the poor whining on about being hungry.
29th  october  2015  independent  mark  steel  politics 
october 2015 by pnjman
If trade helps improve human rights, it's time Isis ran a UK industry | Mark Steel
Then we’ll be in an ideal position to chat to them about the ways they kill all their innocent people.
22nd  steel  mark  china  politics  independent  october  2015 
october 2015 by pnjman
There Once Was a Dildo in Nantucket | Ben Shattuck
On The Wives Of Whalers And Their Dildos, Aka "he's-At-Homes".
16th  ben  sexuality  october  nantucket  literary  hub  2015  relationships  shattuck 
october 2015 by pnjman
On Tinder, Off Sex | Ali Rachel Pearl
Living a life where secondary abstinence isn’t exactly a first choice.
pearl  2015  october  15th  rachel  ali  relationships  nyt 
october 2015 by pnjman
Saudi Arabia is our friend. It's just a bit difficult to love | Mark Steel
If Corbyn wants to be taken seriously, he really needs to sell planes and arrange deals on human rights with a King who beheads people.
15th  october  2015  independent  mark  steel  politics  saudi  arabia 
october 2015 by pnjman
Is the difference between a bar and a pub becoming irrelevant? | Pete Brown
Why the difference between a bar and a pub is becoming less relevant as venues like award-winning Purecraft proves being both is a way of enticing all types of custom.
13th  october  2015  morning  advertiser  pete  brown  beer  birmingham 
october 2015 by pnjman
The Unbearable Lightness of Klopp | Brian Phillips
What Liverpool’s New Manager Could Mean for the Premier League.
brian  phillips  grantland  9th  october  2015  football  liverpool  jürgen  klopp 
october 2015 by pnjman
Of course it doesn't matter what words Corbyn actually says | Mark Steel
Like Cameron, everyone can just make pretend the Labour leader said something totally different.
9th  october  2015  independent  mark  steel  politics 
october 2015 by pnjman
Labour’s haunted tennis ball and the Slytherin chancellor | Frankie Boyle
At this year’s party conferences, the Lib Dems looking like a cargo cult, Labour saddled with a listener not a leader and the Tories happy to bung equality on the pyre.
8th  october  2015  guardian  frankie  boyle  politics 
october 2015 by pnjman
Why We (Mostly) Stopped Messing With Shakespeare’s Language | Daniel Pollack-Pelzner
Until the late Victorian era, the Bard’s plays were often heavily edited for the stage. What changed?
6th  october  2015  new  yorker  daniel  pollack-pelzner  shakespeare  literature  language 
october 2015 by pnjman
What's that? Jeremy Corbyn doesn't want to cause a nuclear holocaust?? | Mark Steel
It’s such a shame Labour didn’t elect somebody more moderate who would be willing to press the button, such as Kim Jong-un.
october  independent  politics  mark  Jeremy  2nd  2015  steel  corbyn 
october 2015 by pnjman
A Facelift for Shakespeare | John H. McWhorter
A new translation effort aims to make all of Shakespeare’s plays comprehensible to today’s audiences.
25th  september  2015  wsj  john  mcwhorter  shakespeare  literature  language  culture 
september 2015 by pnjman
Tolkien‘s ‘immortal four’ meet for the last time | John Garth
One hundred years ago today, four young men convened in an English town, not having seen each other for some time. What makes this trivial event significant is that one of them was J R R Tolkien, and the four comprised what his first ‘fellowship’, the TCBS – a group with a profound impact on his youth and on his legendarium. This reunion, on 25 and 26 September 1915, was the last time the four met before they were separated, permanently, by war.
2015  september  john  tolkien  25th  garth 
september 2015 by pnjman
Bomb both sides in Syria and we’ll fix the country in a jiffy | Mark Steel
We could also bomb Hell, and within a month the residents would say ‘We were better off under Satan’.
24th  september  2015  independent  mark  steel  politics  syria 
september 2015 by pnjman
Jeremy Corbyn won't stop until everyone in Britain is offended | Mark Steel
He didn’t give a job to Yvette Cooper, because she wouldn't take it. But if he really cared about feminism, he’d have said, “You’ll do whatever job I bloody well give you, love.”
Jeremy  2015  september  corbyn  17th  politics  independent  mark  steel 
september 2015 by pnjman
Why the Indian Super League Is My New Footballing Obsession | Clive Martin
Marco Materazzi managing Elano deep in Tamil territory; Jon Arne Riise bringing his spectacular ginger foot to Delhi; Lucio succeeding Robert Pires as the star man in the hippy paradise of Goa. What more could you want?
11th  vice  india  martin  september  football  2015  clive 
september 2015 by pnjman
How Strictly vote would turn out if Labour organised it | Mark Steel
A new responsibility for the party after its leading figures managed to brand new supporters “infiltrators” and party colleagues “morons”.
labour  steel  mark  september  politics  2015  10th  mirror  Jeremy  corbyn 
september 2015 by pnjman
A Soccer Comeback for a Long-Struggling Country | Sean Williams
Throughout Albania’s troubled history, soccer has long been a way of life; now, the nation’s teams are finally coming into their own.
5th  september  2015  new  yorker  sean  williams  football  albania 
september 2015 by pnjman
Why are we angry with the DWP? We should be thanking them for making life seem so positive | Mark Steel
We don't want to be deflated by tales like that of the war veteran whose benefits were stopped because he’d spent an afternoon selling poppies, after all.
10th  august  2015  independent  mark  steel  politics 
august 2015 by pnjman
Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters have hope, which is enough to get you blackballed from Labour | Mark Steel
Obviously a political party would be foolish to welcome hundreds of thousands of young and enthusiastic young supporters.
independent  politics  august  steel  labour  mark  14th  2015 
august 2015 by pnjman
The Crisis of Noncrisis | Brian Phillips
Petr Cech and the Sorrow of Being an Arsenal Fan.
football  brian  arsenal  14th  phillips  2015  grantland  august 
august 2015 by pnjman
Having sold RBS shares for £1bn less than he bought them for, Osborne the economic genius strikes again | Mark Steel
Perhaps his next venture will include buying Kit-Kats for 45p and selling them straight back to the man in the shop for 30p.
6th  august  2015  independent  mark  steel  politics 
august 2015 by pnjman
Borgarnes to Akureyri | Kurt Caswell
Let’s Take the Bus, Part Two—The Sleeping Giant.
23rd  march  2015  mcsweeneys  kurt  caswell  travel  iceland 
august 2015 by pnjman
Learning to speak lingerie | Peter Hessler
Chinese merchants and the inroads of globalization.
10th  august  2015  new  yorker  peter  hessler  egypt  china 
august 2015 by pnjman
Every club should be like Labour – you can’t join as a new member unless you’re already a member | Mark Steel
Every club should be like Labour – you can’t join as a new member unless you’re already a member.
mark  independent  july  31st  steel  politics  2015  labour 
july 2015 by pnjman
Brjanslaekur to Isafjordur | Kurt Caswell
Let’s Take the Bus, Part One—The Neatnik.
24th  february  2015  mcsweeneys  kurt  caswell  iceland  travel 
july 2015 by pnjman
The last thing Labour needs is a leader like Jeremy Corbyn who people want to vote for | Mark Steel
Maybe they should change their election rules again, so that anyone who disagrees with Tony Blair is only allowed to stand if they promise to get fewer than eight votes.
2015  mark  politics  independent  labour  steel  23rd  july 
july 2015 by pnjman
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