Λινξ 109: Πράγματα Για Διάβασμα

18 Αυγούστου 2013 | Κανένα σχόλιο

1) Αγαπημένες πρώτες προτάσεις βιβλίων σπουδαίων συγγραφέων

Εδώ, 22 διάσημοι συγγραφείς διαλέγουν τις πρώτες προτάσεις βιβλίων που τους έκαναν τη μεγαλύτερη εντύπωση.

2) Μια βόλτα στη Disney World

Πολύ ωραίο, του Τζον Τζερεμάια Σάλιβαν

We were watching the people. That’s what you do at Disney World, mostly. Above and beyond all else, it’s a place where people look at other people (the lines and the endless walking and the crowded feed stations) to reaffirm the fact that we are there together, that the value of the place is such, it has been worth traveling to from all over the world. I couldn’t tell what we made of one another, in the looking. When Disney World was built, it embodied a shared idea of America as pure capitalist fantasy. It’s no longer communicating that idea; the idea is no longer intelligible. I don’t know what it’s communicating. The old virtues are gone, the new ones unidentifiable.

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3) Ο Νέιτ Σίλβερ και το μέλλον

Ο δημοσιογράφος-αναλυτής που προέβλεψε με τρομερή ακρίβεια το αποτέλεσμα των περυσινών αμερικανικών εκλογών πήρε μεταγραφή από τους ΝΥΤ στο ESPN και το ABC όπου θα συνεχίσει να χρησιμοποιεί τα νούμερα για να κάνει εκτιμήσεις για το μέλλον. Εδώ, μια ενδιαφέρουσα συνέντευξη και μια συγκλονιστική αλήθεια: Ταξινομεί τα βιβλία του ανάλογα με το χρώμα!

"I grew up, and I'm gay, and I'm kind of a nerd in a big public school. So, you either fake it or you learn to trust yourself. In some ways, having constraints or challenges like that can force people to not be lazy and not to just become boring lawyers or cookie-cutter bankers, or doctors, but to actually realize: This world has some flaws as I see it, and I can adapt to them, or I can try to modify them and try to run my own course."

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4) Ένα γράμμα, και η ιστορία του New Yorker

Orlean had worked with good editors before, but she found The New Yorker a different animal. "I'd never been in a situation where the quality of the work was all that mattered. The dispensing of all the stupid conventions of magazine writing that I was very familiar with was just totally different. You didn't do the kind of clichéd nut graf. To this day, there's a very typical sort of way you go about a magazine piece or a profile—you just didn't do that at The New Yorker.

5) Τι σόι άνθρωπος είναι ο Τζίμι Γουέιλς, δημιουργός της Wikipedia

Σύμφωνα μ' αυτό εδώ το μακροσκελές άρθρο των New York Times, λίγο ψώνιο.

Powerful people like to be around Wales. A common criticism is that Wales likes to be around them, too — and perhaps a little too much. During a visit to Los Angeles in February, Wales tweeted: “Lunch with Felicia. Dinner with Charlize. L.A. is . . . wow,” referring to the actresses Felicia Day and Charlize Theron. He also recently tweeted: “Just got measured for my clothes for Sean Parker’s wedding. This oughta be innerstin’. :-)” But, as I learned at the Clinton Global Initiative, some famous people treat Wales a little bit like their own personal editor.

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