Wednesday, January 09, 2019

MoneyBalling: “Lines That Give You Gooseflesh”

We're years into an unprecedented social experiment: the moneyballing of human existence. The early results are in, and they're not encouraging. We now think algorithmically, subjectively... MoneyBalling 

Lesson From The Tax Court: The Cheeky' Way To Avoid The Fraud Penalty

Channeling The Pain Of Depression Into Photography, And Finding You Are Not Alone --- In July, she published Too Tired for Sunshine, a book of her photos from that period, taken between 2011 and 2018. Some of the images show a stark beauty, others a raw loneliness, and some capture hints that the world may be slightly off-kilter.

Photographically, Wray says she's drawn to light, the honesty of dogs and "things that are humorous and maybe aren't trying to be." Making these images helped keep her buoyant.

The immortal Laurel & Hardy, reborn - CBS News

Sisterhood of spies: Women now hold the top positions at the CIA NBC. Shattering the glass ceiling by leaning in with the electrodes, eh Gina?

       In The Guardian John Dugdale lists and offers an overview of The 100 bestselling books of the year: from Eleanor Oliphant to Michelle Obama (never mind that the year isn't yet over and books are still being sold ...)

       No million-copy sellers, but Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman was the runaway top seller of the year in the UK, selling 806,469 copies, more than 300,000 more than the second-best seller. I am ... completely unfamiliar with this title (but then not a single one of the top 100 is under review at the complete review ...), but you can get your copy at or 
       Interesting also that:
Tot up the names, and you have 63 men credited, compared with 35 women; a big turn-around from last year's 50 women and 40 men.
       That is a large shift. 
       Perhaps less surprising:
Look for an equivalent brainy strain of novels, however, and you'll find it challenging: literary fiction is scarcer than in 2017

The Millions, One Of The Last Indie Book Magazines, Has Been Bought By Publishers Weekly

After a nearly 16-year run, The Millions, which was truly one of the last outposts of the early 2000s book blogging culture, has made a decision: “While the magazine’s coverage of books, arts, and culture [will] continue, it will now be as a property of PWxyz, the parent company of Publishers Weekly.” –Vulture
       Jim Milliot reports at Publishers Weekly that PW Takes Over the Millions, as:
PWxyz, parent company of Publishers Weekly, has acquired the online magazine the Millions, plus its website, for an undisclosed price.
       At The Millions founder C. Max Magee also shares the news. 
       It'll be interesting to see how/whether the site changes -- the sound financial backing can't hurt -- but hopefully they'll continue to do what they do best -- including their bi-annual 'Most Anticipated" book previews. 

Parents once covered babies in salt and kept them in cages.

In ancient Rome, an estimated 20 percent to 40 percent of infants were “exposed,” a nice term for kicking your newborn to the curb. “Romans actually expressed surprise when a woman did not expose any of her children,” writes Traig.Some families left children out in the elements where they were eaten by wild animals; others sold their children as slaves or prostitutes. Some were even adopted as pets. “We treat our dogs like children; Romans were known to do the opposite,” Traig writes.

The Next Great City For Artists? How About Des Moines?

The City has been growing a lot, especially the downtown. It’s ripe for a great arts scene. The trick? How to keep it lively and desirable but affordable at the same time. Artists love Austin, for example, but many are thinking of leaving because it’s gotten too expensive.