—Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
There were times, especially when I was traveling for 'Eat, Pray, Love,' when, I swear to God, I would feel this weight of my female ancestors, all those Swedish farmwives from beyond the grave who were like, 'Go! Go to Naples! Eat more pizza! Go to India, ride an elephant! Do it! Swim in the Indian Ocean. Read those books. Learn a language.'
↩︎ Sleepless Cities filled with People via Observer
Researchers are conflicted about why money developed in certain ancient societies and not others.
↩︎ Science News The arrest culture that is Slovakia Verdi what happened to the Coase theorem?.
1540 ALL OVER AGAIN? The rivers dried up, the leaves turned brown mid-summer and wildfires swept across the Continent. Temperatures climbed above 40 degrees. Sound familiar? Sitting in Wittenberg in July of that year — 1540 — a desperate Martin Luther wrote to his wife: “Day and night there’s an unbearable heat and dryness everywhere. Come, dear Judgement Day, Amen.” A few days later they burned a witch in Wittenberg. But even that didn’t help end Europe’s worst drought. About 40 million people lived in Western Europe at the time. And about a million more people than usual died that year.
↩︎ Images of house where insomiacs live and read Cold River: This Isn't Happiness
Robert Muller early years - San Francisco Chronicle
↩︎ Paintings by Christina Quarles
↩︎ Trump and Paranoia - The Washington Post ↩︎ The New York Times Magazine - Some advice from outgoing House speaker Paul Ryan: quit taking the bait when Trump tweets. About anything.
Excess Management Is Costing the U.S. $3 Trillion Per Year Harvard Business Review. From 2016, still germane
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Lutz Seiler's Kruso, now out in a US edition too.
This came out from Australian publisher Scribe -- yet another instance of an Australian publisher taking the lead in translation, as has been happening more often in recent years -- but they've had a UK presence for a while, and now also some US distribution. But this book, which has been out for a couple of weeks in the US now, has gotten terribly little attention here (and not that much in the UK either). This despite it having won the German Book Prize !
Okay, the German Book Prize winners don't seem to have the greatest in-English track record, but still, it was widely praised and a great success in Germany, and it's a good and fairly significant book. What gives ?
(When I posted the review yesterday, the German edition actually had a better Amazon.com sales rank (1,445,088) than the English US edition (1,756,479) .....)
For all the apparent greater interest in works in translation, I'm still astonished how many of the significant works that I cover (and the many more that I too can't get to ...) get little or no American print-media notice, with the online community only picking up some of the slack. Disappointing.
Jim Moffatt, from The Philadelphia Inquirer, always said, "Leave the truth to themselves. They seek to curry favor with the boss through flattery or “face-time” or both. Bosses must continually be on the lookout for sycophants. They must uncover these self-promoters as quickly as possible, because their self-aggrandizing ways are not compatible with business success in an age that values cooperation and collaboration.
The next generation of corporate officers will have to be more diverse, globally aware, and innovative than the current generation
The local-news crisis is destroying what a divided America desperately needs: Common ground Margaret Sullivan, WaPo. Oddly, no mention of private equity.
New Chief Scientist is one ‘super woman’
"How Dr Cathy Foley managed to turn her tribulation into determination and resilience." (CSIROscope)
Sweden wages war on waste with incinerators
"Everywhere we went in Sweden, people emphasised the benefits of burning waste for district heating." (ABC)
From JFK to Omarosa: history-making moments
"What happens in the Situation Room is supposed to stay in the Situation Room." (Washington Post)
Should Cold Rivers Have Rights? A Growing Movement Says It’s About Time - Yale Environment 360: “…In Chile, as in other places, we have come to this point because the traditional Western view of rivers — and of nature generally — has failed us. Western legal systems and governments traditionally viewed water and water rights as property, leading to overuse and contamination.