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The Book of Prince
Prince had grand plans for his autobiography, but only a few months to live.
book  music  prince  newyorker  biography  autobiography  death  minnesota 
3 days ago by antonio
What if We Stopped Pretending the Climate Apocalypse Can Be Stopped? | The New Yorker
here is infinite hope,” Kafka tells us, “only not for us.” This is a fittingly mystical epigram from a writer whose characters strive for ostensibly reachable goals and, tragically or amusingly, never manage to get any closer to them. But it seems to me, in our rapidly darkening world, that the converse of Kafka’s quip is equally true: There is no hope, except for us.

I’m talking, of course, about climate change.
climate  newyorker  toread  change 
4 days ago by edsonm
How an Élite University Research Center Concealed Its Relationship with Jeffrey Epstein | The New Yorker
New documents show that the M.I.T. Media Lab was aware of Epstein’s status as a convicted sex offender, and that Epstein directed contributions to the lab far exceeding the amounts M.I.T. has publicly admitted.
newyorker  crime 
6 days ago by jorgebarba
What Statistics Can and Can’t Tell Us About Ourselves
nice short new yorker piece on statistics. contains a pretty good discussion of the problems of statistical significance without adjusting for multiple comparisons and the replication crisis. there's a great demonstration of what 5% significance means about testing a fair coin: if you flip it 5 times and it comes up heads every time, you reject the null of fairness. i particularly liked the article because it contains some fun anecdotes, including one about a general practitioner/serial killer who injected lethal amounts of diamorphine into his patients. statisticians later calculated his 'excess mortality' and it closely matched the number of victims. there's another terrific one about a middle-aged french lawyer who made a deal to pay a nonagenarian 2500 francs per month for the rest of her life in exchange for possession of her apartment after her death. unfortunately, the nonagenarian was Jeanne Calment, the oldest woman to ever life, who lived to 122 and outlived the lawyer.
stats  newyorker 
7 days ago by VaguelySteamy
Vija Celmins’s Surface Matters
New Yorker profile of an artist with a largely unremarkable life whose art depicts the surface of oceans and the night sky in photorealistic detail. her most famous piece is an exact replica of 9 rocks. she bounces around between LA and New York, gets divorced once or twice, switches from drawing to painting, and occasionally speaks in an opaque, vaguely grumpy way about her art (at one point she describes herself as “trying not to make things too interesting.”)
newyorker  art 
8 days ago by VaguelySteamy
Let’s Talk About the Clothes on “Succession” | The New Yorker
But on Kendall it just looks confining, and a bit sad. The Roys dress the same way that they live: to protect what they have, not to revel in it.
Succession  fashion  television  review  NewYorker  2019 
13 days ago by inspiral
How the Orange-Wine Fad Became an Irresistible Assault on Pleasure | The New Yorker
tes.” The severity of orange wine’s structure and taste presents an especially dramatic example of aggressions against taste buds. The acerbic fizz of kombucha, the barnyard funk of fancy ciders, the ruckling tartness of sour beers—these and other harshnesses are ascendant among people who regard a hard seltzer as an instance of philistine minimalism. We are to believe that the Aperol Spritz—not long ago a tourist curiosity—is now old hat.
wine  naturalwine  orange  drinks  trends  NewYorker  2019 
13 days ago by inspiral
“The Stone”
"A stone is a thought that the earth develops over inhuman time."
LouiseErdrich  NewYorker  ShortStory  stone  CompressedLife 
14 days ago by briansholis
The Rich Can’t Get Richer Forever, Can They? | The New Yorker
In the “liberal meritocratic” world, inequality arises from the way capital is accumulated. The rich are able to save more than the poor, and thus come to own a disproportionate share of the capital and the wealth in the economy. Since the return on capital, a major source of income for the rich, tends to be higher than the growth of wages, the rich become richer. Almost as potent is the way the benefits of education are distributed: rich people tend to be more highly trained, and can earn higher salaries; they are also able to earn higher returns on their capital, since their wealth gives them greater tolerance for illiquidity and risk. In addition, they tend to marry other rich, educated people and are able to pass on more capital to their children, thereby perpetuating inequalities from one generation to the next.

The “political capitalism” of China has its own inequality-generating dynamics. Although China has become capitalist to the core—almost eighty per cent of the country’s industrial output is produced in the private sector—the commercial classes are under the thumb of a highly disciplined, autocratic bureaucracy. The rule of law is attenuated, decision-making can be arbitrary, property rights are not fully secure, and corruption is endemic. China is essentially going through a hugely accelerated version of the industrial revolution and the Gilded Age rolled into one. Add in the insidious impact of cronyism, and a very unequal society results. Income distribution in China, it turns out, is even more skewed than in the United States, approaching the sort of levels one finds in the plutocratic republics of Latin America.
capitalism  Socialism  Inequality  History  newyorker 
15 days ago by HispanicPundit

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