Sunday, October 09, 2022

Lookism in TikTok

 “My real work consists neither of prose or verse, but in the recognition of my own stupidity.” So held the Austrian novelist Heimito von Doderer. He had a point  literature  »

7 Thoughtful Gifts for Neighbors (Even if You Don’t Know Them That Well)

NEWS YOU CAN USE:  Weight Lifting in Old Age Does More Than Just Keep Your Muscles Strong.

HMM:  Increased risk for all-cause dementia in people who abstain from alcohol.

Why Book Covers Matter

The reading world is divided between those who care about covers (specifically paperback covers) and those who find this odder than worrying what packaging sausages come in. These are often the same people who can’t understand why anyone would keep a book they had already read. - Irish Times

New Infectious Threats Are Coming. The U.S. Probably Won’t Contain Them. New York Times 

The Australian Town Keeping Square Dancing Alive

One of the appeals of square dancing is that it can be done anywhere; once you know the moves, you can attend any club in Australia – or around the world – and dance with strangers as if you’re old friends. - The Guardian

       William Boyd: Q & A 

       Any Human Heart-author William Boyd has a new book coming out -- The Romantic -- and at The Guardian Anthony Cummins has a Q & A with the author, William Boyd: ‘The books world is much tougher now’
       Interesting (and troubling) to hear how times have changed:
How has the writing life changed since you began publishing ? 

The 1980s was a kind of boom period but the challenge for a literary novelist now is to just keep the show on the road. It used to be you could write a novel every couple of years or so and have a perfectly nice bourgeois life. Now the mid-list has gone. The brutal fact is you either sell or you don’t. Friends of mine who’ve written 12 novels can’t get published or their advances have dropped by 80%. It’s a much tougher world.
       As to Stendhal, I' m not so sure that he: "isn’t read so much in English nowadays", as Cummins has it -- recall also, that there's a new translation of Red and Black, by Raymond N. MacKenzie, just out from the University of Minnesota Press; see their publicity page

Lookism in TikTok.  Which visual features predict video success?

Why are New Yorkers eating dinner at earlier times?(NYT)

 Jacques Dreze has passed sway

Kindergarten rank matters

CIA launches first podcast

 “Its people would benefit from something approximating “state capacity libertarianism with Somali

Median home value on Martha’s Vineyard rose from 700k to $1m over the span of the last year.  A local’s dissection of local NIMBYism.

How is drug decriminalization going in Oregon?

Tolkien and environmentalism

Dinner with Julia Child

Art of menus

Eating books

Wanted: book stylist

Danger of politicizing science

Life of Berkeley

Big lie v. big joke

What happens to banned books

WaPo's blues

Joyce Carol Oates

Corrections of taste

Art and the queen


Jean-Luc Godard

Life of Art Buchwald

WaPo v. NYT

Paradox of public scholarship

Math effects

On purring

Inventing the alphabet

Why chili peppers?

Bayard Rustin

Radical Rachmaninoff?

Barbara Ehrenreich, R.I.P.

On personal-finance books

Black king of songs

Diva Dickens

Music to die for

Trademarked words?

Freudian tip

Joy of math

History of the blurb

Worst book by former Trump officials

Nazis on the Nile

What is a hit piece?

Tiring thinking

Jared Kushner's memoir

Unhappy emperors

Ephron's self-narrative

Feminists and sex

Best museum bathrooms

Capitalism vs. pleasure

On maximalist novels

Social good of bookstores

David McCullough, R.I.P.

The Claremont Institute

When sports imitate art

NYT vs. U.K.

Paths to depolarization

Vacation read

Remembering Gore Vidal

Bookshelf organizers

Origin of zero

James Lovelock, R.I.P.

Polarizing media

Music for the dea
Authors vs. librarians

Culture and QR codes