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There really is no natural or right way to be a parent | Aeon Essays

Children, Bowlby said, need a secure attachment to a primary caregiver, most commonly the mother, or they will suffer dire consequences such as an inability to start and maintain social relationships or even a variety of mental illnesses.
To test the types of attachment around the world, the American-Canadian psychologist Mary Ainsworth in 1970 devised a measuring tool – the Strange Situation. A mother and baby are in the room together but, after a while, someone the baby doesn’t know (the stranger) asks the mother to leave. The baby’s reaction upon the mother’s return decides the type of attachment. The ‘securely attached’ baby cries as the mother leaves but lets herself be calmed down quickly by the stranger; she is also happy when the mother returns.

That’s why Blaffer Hrdy revised Bowlby’s notion of attachment. Children, she said, could bond with multiple caregivers throughout their lives, yet experience no added anxiety or psychological problems as a result. In fact, she remarks on one very positive aspect of modern parenting that’s available in many European countries: affordable daycare. She asks me about my own experiences, and I launch into a passionate praise of the institution after seeing my own three children thrive in Dutch daycare. I agree with her: I could not have done it by myself. So-called alloparents, whether in the form of wider family members or daycare workers, matter.

But this truth gets overlooked because ‘it doesn’t fit into the narrative of the natural’. Instead, we prefer to cherrypick our parenting approaches to feed our biases. Natural parenting has more to do with how we want to be than with how we actually are.
parenting  critic  theory  kid  emotion  debate  best 
6 days ago by aries1988
许章润:我们当下的恐惧与期待|广场|中国修宪|端传媒 Initium Media


2019  china  ccp  choice  critic  1989/6/4 
10 days ago by aries1988
Let a Thousand Mulans Bloom

The intention was apparently to create a mythic version of China, analogous to Black Panther’s Wakanda, but many fear a slurry of incongruous iconography devoid of meaning.

I’ve seen online criticism of this mythic approach that likens it to other examples of diaspora culture, like General Tso’s chicken, as well as jokes about how producers shouldn’t have hired set designers from Chinatown. But what underpins these quips is the idea that the diaspora has had its Chineseness corrupted by Western society, that diaspora cultures with their own real histories are no longer “authentic.”

The danger of a mythic mashup of Chinese culture is thus less that it is historically inaccurate and more that it reiterates the idea constantly pushed by the Chinese government—that there is an ancient and eternal Chinese nation-state. It turns the “One China” policy into mythology. It isn’t so much pandering that I fear but the idea of a flattering of very modern—and exclusive—ideas about Chinese identity rather than one that interrogates and reinvents them.

For all its songs and wise-cracking dragons, it also reframes Mulan’s story as one of struggling to meet parental expectations, a sense of alienation from one’s wider culture, and self-discovery in disguise, all of which resonated with the diaspora audience.

somewhere along the process the diaspora was cut out of the conversation. That’s visible in Mulan’s surname, which is now written and pronounced as Hua (Mandarin) and not Fa (Cantonese).
diaspora  chinese  american  entertainment  movie  classic  female  warrior  question  debate  disney  critic 
29 days ago by aries1988
Good and Bad Muslims in Xinjiang - Made in China Journal

if China was pursuing an anti-Muslim policy, then wouldn’t we expect it to also sweep up the Sinophone Hui Muslims in Xinjiang? Uyghurs seem to be ending up in internment camps not because they are Muslims, but because they are Uyghurs.

Muslims who conform to the stereotype of the brown-skinned Muslim. Simply put, they will not be racialised as Muslim. Similarly, we might posit that in Xinjiang the Uyghurs have become racially Muslim in ways that the Sinophone Hui have not. Their Central Asian features increasingly signify the category ‘Muslim’, that is to say, more so than they do the category ‘Uyghur’, a classification which is losing its salience at administrative levels as the promises of China’s minzu (民族) system—the national (or ethnic) rights enshrined in the constitution—fall by the wayside.

even in times of conflict, it was rare for officials to attribute anti-state or anti-Han violence to any inherent flaw in the Islamic faith. While often disparaging of non-Chinese religions, China’s intellectual tradition had no ‘Orientalist’ discourse comparable to that of the West, which furnished explanations of Muslim anti-colonial violence in terms of a congenital ‘fanaticism’.

Just as Sufism did not necessarily cultivate a pluralistic pacifism, nor was the call to return to Islam’s founding texts—the Qurʾan and the Hadith—invariably accompanied by a rigid anti-Chinese militancy.
islam  xinjiang  china  2019  policy  world  terrorism  religion  critic  comparison  han 
5 weeks ago by aries1988
赵皓阳 大浪淘沙




2019  capitalism  hongkong  manif  politics  youth  critic  anecdote  economy  immobilier  education  feelgood 
7 weeks ago by aries1988
I.M. Pei: Establishment Modernism Lite

while we were in Kyoto together, as a thank-you for some service he had performed for the Japanese government, officials arranged at his request for a rare private viewing of one of the greatest treasures of Chinese art: Six Persimmons, a thirteenth-century ink painting by the monk Mu Qi, now stored at the Daitoku-ji temple. Knowing my love of art he invited me to join him, though he explained that we would be required to wear white gloves and stuff wads of gauze in our mouths lest we emitted any droplets of saliva if we spoke near the unframed relic. This generous gesture was typical of his genuine thoughtfulness, and when I ran into him several years later he beamed and asked, ”Remember Six Persimmons?”
critic  museum  architecture  journalist  becoming  chinese  american 
11 weeks ago by aries1988
'Game of Thrones' Lost Its Way as a Political Drama - The Atlantic

In its first half, and perhaps even for a season or two after leaving Martin’s books behind, the show trusted its audience enough to avoid allegory and the simplistic morality that comes with it. It trusted that the audience knew right from wrong, and knew that both could coexist within a character. It asked viewers to find their own messages in a series about a faux-medieval world of dragons and ice zombies—and take them or leave them as they saw fit. It would have been better if the show had ended that way.
tv  critic  2019  morality  history  fiction  writing 
11 weeks ago by aries1988
The Painful Price of Becoming Jackie Chan

The transfer was symbolically completed in 1999’s The Matrix, when Keanu Reeves, having downloaded a fighting program to his brain, opens his eyes and reverently whispers, I know kung fu.
kungfu  actor  movie  icon  hongkong  growup  bio  book  critic  pain  success  story 
january 2019 by aries1988
Damien Chazelle’s “First Man,” Reviewed | The New Yorker

Chazelle, true to the title, and more intimate in his dramatic scope than Kaufman, is consumed by the curious case of Armstrong, forsaking all others. Long before he becomes the only man on the moon, he looks like the loneliest man in America.

If Armstrong is merely a name to you, take a look at the real Neil: those broad unfazeable features, the undemanding steadiness of the gaze, and a mouth that is happy, if conditions are favorable, to curve into a smile. Now consider Gosling—the sad-eyed heartthrob, a veteran of The Notebook (2004), and a tender presence who can’t help drawing us into his plights.

Recruiting Gosling to its emotional cause, First Man proceeds on the assumption that folk who are modest in displaying their feelings, like Armstrong, must by definition be deeply repressed and taut with untold misery. But they’re not. They’re just modest.
movie  cosmos  critic  rightwing  hollywood  actor  personality  emotion  stereotype  astronaut  american 
october 2018 by aries1988
“First Man,” Reviewed: Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong Bio-Pic Is an Accidental Right-Wing Fetish Object | The New Yorker

First Man is worthy of enduring as a right-wing fetish object. It is a film of deluded, cultish longing for an earlier era of American life, one defined not by conservative politics but, rather, by a narrow and regressive emotional perspective that shapes and distorts the substance of the film.

the movie doesn’t stint on the distinctive Americanism of the action onscreen (including, in a scene of Armstrong ascending from the ground to the capsule of Apollo 11 in an elevator, a point-of-view shot that reveals, majestically, the words United States painted, vertically, on the side of the very tall rocket).

In its explicit content, and by artful omission, First Man subscribes to the misbegotten political premise that America used to be greater—and that the liberating and equalizing activism of the sixties ignored, dismissed, and even undermined that greatness.
critic  movie  rightwing  astronaut  nasa  society  usa  american  hollywood  hero  family  personality  children  death  moon  opinion  1960s 
october 2018 by aries1988
Stretch Genes

the genomes of various human beings fall into several reasonably well-defined clusters when analyzed statistically, and these clusters generally correspond to continent of origin. In this statistical sense, races are real.

To Wade, the implications are big. While behavioral differences among races would surely be subtle, they can, he insists, become amplified at the level of entire societies. Slight differences in behavioral predisposition—to cooperation, aggression, trust, propensity to follow rules, and so on—probably pushed different races in directions that led to different social institutions. Indeed the seeds of difference between the world’s great civilizations were perhaps present from the first settlements.

the evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker. (Evolutionary psychologists, while acknowledging that human behavior has a partly genetic basis, generally assume that all people share the same predispositions. They then try to explain these human universals.)

This sends Wade into paroxysms of righteous indignation and he declares that whether or not a thesis might be politically incendiary should have no bearing on the estimate of its scientific validity. What Wade doesn’t tell you is that this is what Pinker himself says in his very next sentence: The fact that a hypothesis is politically uncomfortable does not mean that it is false, but it does mean that we should consider the evidence very carefully before concluding that it is true.
book  critic  gene  human  race  biology  political  opinion  debate  society  evolution  racism 
october 2018 by aries1988



critic  book  historian  china  history 
october 2018 by aries1988
H-Diplo Commentary 1 on Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress | H-Diplo | H-Net
Reviewed by Nicolas Guilhot, CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

The crippling division between the natural sciences and the social sciences is a thing of the past, and economic science is now firmly established on laws that are also those commanding the development of human societies and of nature throughout history.

Science and technology also project their light into the deepest recesses of human nature: while past centuries gave credence to metaphysical speculations about the inner workings of the mind, there is now a true and materialistic science of it.

magic—“something in the nature of technology, particularly information technology, works to decouple human flourishing from the exploration of physical stuff”—but more generally the unidirectional flow of all the trends Pinker claims to map “makes it seem as if there really is a mysterious arc bending toward justice”

Pinker’s proposition that humanity is on its way to solving all the problems that have beset it since the origins of time, thanks to the global diffusion of a set of ideas that, according to him, define the Enlightenment.

any urge to interfere with the course of progress is misconceived,

There is indeed an explanation for progress and it can be captured in one sentence: “The Enlightenment has worked”

the more problematic confusion that undergirds Pinker’s narrative: his vision of what constitutes the Enlightenment is highly idiosyncratic and its connection to the historical record tenuous, to say the least. Pinker takes as intellectual pillars of the Enlightenment elements that emerged later but also, decisively, in reaction to it.

offshoots of the tradition they represent: entropy, evolution, and information.

deliberative reason, which is utterly different and in many ways opposed to the algorithmic rationality of twentieth-century economic theory,

despite paying lip-service to reason and rationalism, Pinker can admit in the same breath that most people are not rational after all

an ideological argument in favor of the status quo and against political alternatives.

It is because we see things through our own limited, cognitively biased perspective,

we should not trust people’s opinions and anything that does not look like a PowerPoint chart.

The only thing that matters is aggregate figures.

its history without historical agents and without power, in which “science,” “reason,” “capitalism” or “industrialism” dispense their benefits to an ungrateful mankind.

the marketplace of ideas will soon be flush with solutions to the problem of securing sufficient food for a growing population while diminishing the impact of agriculture on the environment:

Cognitive psychologists, behavioral geneticists, and neuroscientists could thus help “innumerate” political theorists or impaired literary scholars think better about “human nature,” which is what political theory and literature are about

Like general systems theory in the 1950s or logical positivism in the 1920s, the cognitive sciences are yet another pipe dream of unification of the social and the natural sciences, with the humanities now thrown in for good measure.

Not all important questions can be answered in such terms. Evidence is not always easy to define, nor is it always quantifiable.

Bringing the issues of life and death, war and peace, population and poverty, race and inequality into a PowerPoint-like narrative of universal and linear human progress that dispenses with the complexities of history and politics is meaningless.
critic  book  enlightenment  to:marginnote 
september 2018 by aries1988
chinese  critic  calligraphie  book 
september 2018 by aries1988
Kofi Annan’s Unaccountable Legacy
Philip Gourevitch writes about the legacy of Kofi Annan, the former United Nations Secretary-General, who has died, at the age of eighty.
critic  UN 
august 2018 by aries1988
被浪费的危机 - 火枪与账簿

book  critic  china  ming  technology  invention  innovation  why 
july 2018 by aries1988
Steven Pinker. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. New York: Viking, 2018. ISBN: 9780525427575 (hardcover, $35.00).
Reviewed by Nicolas Guilhot, CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and the
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

The crippling division between the natural sciences and the social sciences is a thing of the past, and economic science is now firmly established on laws that are also those commanding the development of human societies and of nature throughout history.
book  enlightenment  critic 
july 2018 by aries1988
Amazon’s Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores Are Not Built for People Who Actually Read
The store’s biggest shortcoming, though, is that it is so clearly not intended for people who read regularly. I normally walk into a bookstore and shop the way a person might shop for clothes: I know what I like, what generally works for me, what new styles I might be ready to try. It was a strange feeling, on Thursday, to do laps around a bookstore without feeling a single unexpected thrill. There were no wild cards, no deep cuts, no oddballs—just books that were already best-sellers, pieces of clothing I knew wouldn’t fit me or that I already owned.
amazon  bookstore  critic 
december 2017 by aries1988
Martin Scorsese’s Strained “Silence” | The New Yorker

They hail from Portugal, although you might not immediately guess as much from their speech; should you wish to be charitable (and the movie is designed to kindle the conscience), you would describe Rodrigues’s accent as itinerant—it wanders freely between, say, Amsterdam and Trieste, seeking sanctuary where it may.

Of the two movies, Scorsese’s is infinitely the subtler and more elegantly wrought, patient and pensive where Gibson opts for pugnacity, yet Hacksaw Ridge exerts something—a basic grip on the audience, tugging at our nerves and our desire to forge ahead—that Silence cannot quite muster.

The image is doubly devotional. Scorsese is insisting on the lifelong urge to keep faith with God, but, equally, no film director can delve into a conflagration to find a single object—trusted and mislaid, though never forgotten—and not pay tribute to the end of Citizen Kane, where the sled once belonging to the young Charlie Kane is casually tossed into a furnace
movie  japan  critic  religion  director  moi 
december 2017 by aries1988
What Makes Countries Rich or Poor?

Acemoglu and Robinson, generalize from these examples of bordering countries and deduce that good institutions also explain the differences in wealth between nations that aren’t neighbors and that differ greatly in their geographic environments and human populations.

why have some countries ended up with good institutions, while others haven’t? The most important factor behind their emergence is the historical duration of centralized government.

The various durations of government around the world are linked to the various durations and productivities of farming that was the prerequisite for the rise of governments.

the reversal of fortune,

in formerly poor countries with sparse native populations, such as Costa Rica and Australia, European settlers had to work themselves and developed institutional incentives rewarding work.

In the New World the two north temperate countries (the US and Canada, average incomes respectively $47,390 and $43,270) and the three south temperate countries (Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina, respectively $10,590, $10,120, and $8,620) are all richer—on the average five times richer—than almost all of the intervening seventeen tropical countries of mainland Central and South America (incomes mostly between $1,110 and $6,970).

biological characteristics of the responsible microbes have made it easier to develop vaccines against major infectious diseases of temperate areas than against tropical diseases; we still aren’t close to a vaccine against malaria, despite billions of dollars invested.

glaciers repeatedly advanced and retreated over temperate areas, creating young nutrient-rich soils.

It costs roughly seven times more to ship a ton of cargo by land than by sea

Young fertile volcanic and alluvial soils are exceptions

inclusive institutions are required for sustained growth based on technological change.

Acemoglu and Robinson’s view of history is that small effects at critical junctures have long-lasting effects, so it’s hard to make predictions. While they don’t say so explicitly, this view suggests that good institutions should have cropped up randomly around the world, depending on who happened to decide what at some particular place and time.

In their Chapter 5, Acemoglu and Robinson use one of those exceptional patterns (that for the Fertile Crescent) to assert, in the complete absence of evidence, that those particular hunter/gatherers had become sedentary because, for unknown reasons, they happened to develop innovative institutions through a hypothesized political revolution.

They take these maps to mean that the ancestors of barley and wheat were distributed along a long arc beyond the Fertile Crescent, hence that the Fertile Crescent’s unique role in agriculture’s origins was not determined by the availability of plant and animal species.

My overall assessment of the authors’ argument is that inclusive institutions, while not the overwhelming determinant of prosperity that they claim, are an important factor.
review  critic  book  debate  economy  inequality  question  instituition  environment 
september 2017 by aries1988
Trump’s Radical Anti-Americanism
Yet what perhaps no one could have entirely predicted was the special cocktail of oafish incompetence and radical anti-Americanism that President Trump’s Administration has brought. This combination has produced a new note in our public life: chaotic cruelty. The immigration crisis may abate, but it has already shown the power of government to act arbitrarily overnight—sundering families, upending long-set expectations, until all those born as outsiders must imagine themselves here only on sufferance of a senior White House counsellor.

Autocratic regimes with a demagogic bent are nearly always inefficient, because they cannot create and extend the network of delegated trust that is essential to making any organization work smoothly. The chaos is characteristic. Whether by instinct or by intention, it benefits the regime, whose goal is to create an overwhelming feeling of shared helplessness in the population at large: we will detain you and take away your green card—or, no, now we won’t take away your green card, but we will hold you here, and we may let you go, or we may not.
trump  usa  critic  government  destiny  liberalism 
february 2017 by aries1988
李约瑟对李约瑟难题的回答 -上海书评-东方早报网







civ  china  comparison  europe  history  science  religion  book  critic  chinese  theory  research  question  debate 
january 2017 by aries1988
Hygge: the Danish key to happiness or pseudo-wisdom?
You get the idea. Hygge, as encapsulated by the publishing industry, is a new kind of self-help fad for the money-rich and time-poor looking for quality life experiences.

It is the commodification of this essentially unassuming idea of happiness into a trend, an idea of life as a project, something to be endlessly curated and enhanced through the consumption of the one thing you haven’t got and, frankly, can’t ever have: an ideal Nordic lifestyle. This is the winter antidote to the ideal Mediterranean lifestyle that we also cannot have, the one with local food and wine on the terrace of a 15th-entury villa in Tuscany or Puglia and no work. Hygge? Save yourself the money, here’s the summary. Wear socks. Bake. Light endless candles. Don’t go out. Unless it’s nice out. In which case, do go out. With socks (leave the candles). You’re welcome.
ft  critic  book  life  dane  scandinavia 
december 2016 by aries1988
The Consuming Fervor of “Arrival”
When aliens come, how will they get here? Well, unless they are sly infiltrators of the flesh, they will probably go for the kind of boastful, get-a-load-of-us craft that was immortalized by Douglas Adams in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” He wrote, “The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.” That was true of “Independence Day,” and it is doubly true of “Arrival,” in which a dozen mountainous ovoids—charcoal gray and rough to the touch, like a pumice stone—show up at various locations around Earth. Rather than land, the vessels suspend themselves in dignified fashion, with their tips facing downward and not quite touching the ground. Whatever their occupants want, it’s a pretty cool way to make an entrance.

what lingers, days after you leave the cinema, is neither the wizardry nor the climax but the zephyr of emotional intensity that blows through the film.
movie  scifi  critic  2016  alien 
november 2016 by aries1988
365 Drinks: #145 Tsingtao Pale Lager (China) | Route nach Unbekannte Straße
It comes in a standard 500ml bottle and smells sweet hoppy with a small not too fizzy head. The clear light yellow body already hints that it is low on alcohol and the label confirms it. The pale lager version you can get in China only has 3.1percent alcohol. I downed the bottle in about 10 minutes and it tasted sweet hoppy with a very earthy note to it. Overall an allright beer that is easy to drink but a bit boring and just too low on alcohol. I don’t want to have four 500ml beers to feel a bit tipsy. They should have sticked to the Reinheitsgebot.
tsingtao  beer  critic  drink 
august 2016 by aries1988
I Criticized the Olympics. That Doesn’t Make Me a Traitor.
In Brazil, many of us are so obsessed with how the outside world sees us that we won’t recognize our own faults.
brazil  pride  nation  critic  opinion  nationalism 
august 2016 by aries1988
一百年后,人类社会会如何评价比尔·盖茨? - Arthur Tang 的回答 - 知乎
portrait  leader  pc  computer  critic  opinion  reading 
may 2016 by aries1988
The Sadistic Vision of “The Hateful Eight”
Anthony Lane on Quentin Tarantino’s film with Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
movie  critic  2015 
january 2016 by aries1988
Seeds of technology -
The screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, rid of the pious sentimentality that blighted his TV series The West Wing, doesn’t put a foot wrong here. His writing is pacy, condensed, and laugh-out-loud funny. He sees Zuckerberg as 95 per cent anti-hero and 5 per cent tragic hero. That dilution masterfully brings the film to its morally complex conclusion. As the credits roll, you are left wondering what to think. That, for a big-budget Hollywood film, is miraculous in itself.

The artist, who treads a fine line between reaching accommodation with and demanding reform from the Chinese authorities, is using Twitter to encourage mass participation in the project. “Sunflower Seeds” is, on the face of it, far from a political work. Yet it encourages expression, and active engagement on a scale that would have been inconceivable just a decade ago. This, too, feels like a work from the 21st century. It is multi-layered, revelling in its confluence of material and conceptual significance, and it feels like it can make things happen.
movie  Social  critic  social-network 
may 2015 by aries1988
The Theory of Everything — film review -
James Marsh’s biopic tells us little about Stephen Hawking that we didn’t already know.
movie  scientist  critic 
january 2015 by aries1988
The Disconnect of ‘The Interview’
In one critic’s view, “The Interview” is less about Kim Jong-un than it is a typical American bromance, a timidity that makes North Korea’s response all the more surprising.
movie  critic  humor 
december 2014 by aries1988
科学圈怎么吐槽《星际穿越》? | 科学人 | 果壳网 科技有意思


吸积盘发出的光在我们看来其实是不对称的:因为灼热气体环绕黑洞的速度太快,所以假如图中气体俯视是逆时针旋转,那么左边的气体会向我们飞来,而右边的气体则会离我们而去。这张图只显示了相对论性射束效应(亮暗变化),没有显示多普勒效应(红蓝变化)。图片来源:Chris Reynolds
movie  critic  science  astro 
november 2014 by aries1988
'Interstellar': A Preposterous Epic
Indeed, a modicum of perplexity may be the price of admission: Though Interstellar is quick to cite Einstein’s theories of relativity—celebrated theoretical physicist Kip Thorne acted as a consultant and executive producer—it rarely slows down to explain how they apply.

But the scope and ambition of Nolan’s vision are refreshing in this era of safe bets, of sequels and spinoffs and franchise-hopefuls. The visuals alone are worth it: the violent whirling of a dust-hurricane on Earth; the crash of a mile-high tidal wave on a distant world; the quiet, deep-space beauty of a black hole ringed by a glowing accretion disc.
movie  critic 
november 2014 by aries1988
« Les Recettes du bonheur » : un ragoût de vieille France façon « thali »
On quittera la table de Lasse Hallström sans étoiles dans les yeux ni vraie amertume sur la langue, indubitablement nourri, et même l’estomac un peu lourd. Ces Recettes du bonheur sont à la cinéphilie ce que le chocolat Kinder est à la gastronomie : un accident de parcours sans gravité, pour peu que l’on ne récidive pas tous les jours
critic  cuisine  movie  france  world 
october 2014 by aries1988
八十年后,王子终于露出了真实嘴脸(part 3) – 《冰雪奇缘》影评

disney  critic  idea  business  opinion  female  feminism  liberalism 
may 2014 by aries1988
看工科猥琐男如何改变世界 (社交网络 影评)
  这个片子是芬奇叔叔最新力作,在我看来是本年度最佳电影,没有之一,超越inception, avatar等等等等。没有炫目的特技只有漂亮的镜头,最重要的是讲了一个真正的好故事。这在我们这个时代太少见了……看电影之前我想这片子跟纪录片似地有啥好看的,开头结局不都知道了吗,可是芬奇叔就是芬奇叔,故事讲的悬念迭起一波三折,实在是好看极了。里头还有帅哥若干算是福利了……

以前年少无知的时候我曾经无数次很诧异为啥那些年轻人要这样自甘其辱的拼了老命的进入这样的地方,比如著名八卦电视剧gossip girl里面那些人心甘情愿的接受别人的颐指气使,后来才明白,在这个世界,connection太重要了。对这些人来说,要想往上走,必须要付出小小的代价,雪地里罚罚站,养个鸡什么的算啥呢,生活比这残酷多了。可是凭个人努力始终只能达到有限的地方,要突破,就要靠天才了。Mark靠自己的天才打破了这一壁垒,他显然不再在乎phoenix或者野猪。
movie  critic  youth  internet  geek 
january 2014 by aries1988
再见老白,再见,老白 (绝命毒师 第五季 影评)

critic  tv 
december 2013 by aries1988
The Flowers of War – Caixin Online (Today’s China Readings May 6, 2012)
Zhang Yimou's latest film compels audiences to consider the extraordinary influence of the state in the Chinese film industry
chinese  movie  critic 
august 2012 by aries1988
Book Review: The Price of Civilization -
Mr. Sachs is more accurate when he argues that economics is not merely about making money. It must serve the higher cause of human well-being and moral development. He is right to dislike the greed and vulgarity that can accompany bourgeois life. But he is wrong to attribute these phenomena to capitalism uniquely. Discord and imperfection arise from human nature. The question is how they can be contained and redirected. Capitalism, together with our moral traditions, has long offered a solution consistent with individual freedom. Mr. Sachs's approach does not.
future  critic  crisis  usa  book  capitalism 
august 2012 by aries1988
zeitgeist  critic  china  reading 
august 2012 by aries1988
帝国最后的荣耀的评论 5

reading  china  history  japan  critic 
august 2012 by aries1988
critic  china  movie  ethic 
january 2012 by aries1988
本书正文分为两个部分,第一部分是“偏见的形成”,开篇就论及“偏见是怎样来的?”,以一个“fake white house reporter”(冒牌白宫记者)的趣事来开展叙述,然后又用一个在Twitter上名为“德国之声”的记者的事例和“fake white house reporter”相比较,而比较的核心就是这两个记者对于中国事务的报道视角,紧接着导出“偏见”这一中心问题,同时,积极跟进自己对此的解释和看法。
book  chinese  society  critic 
april 2011 by aries1988
china  japan  critic  report  crisis  nuclear 
april 2011 by aries1988
china  critic  chinese  zeitgeist 
march 2011 by aries1988

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