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What We’re Reading

What We’re Reading

(photo: left to right: simmering green beans and tomato sauce by Scordo and Man Reading by John Singer Sargent) Today we launch a new feature on the site called, “What We’re Reading” and it will basically function as a mechanism to share our notes on cooking, eating, thinking, drinking, and, on occasion, fuming about.     New York Times Dining & Wine [...]

Global Discretionary Income, Unemployment Numbers, and 16th Century Heretic Giordano Bruno

Global Discretionary Income, Unemployment Numbers, and 16th Century Heretic Giordano Bruno

The NY Times has a terrific interactive map on how people across the world spend their discretionary income.  Some interesting findings include Japan spending more on recreation than clothing and Greece throwing money at clothing versus electronics.  Read the full article here. The US Government likes to keep unemployement between 2-5 percent, 0 unemployment is actually a bad thing (according [...]

Brooks and the Pseudo-Intellectual

Brooks and the Pseudo-Intellectual

I’ve been reading David Brooks since the publication of “Bobos in the Paradise” and I’ve been thoroughly impressed with how he describes American society and our “unique” way of living. Brooks appears on PBS’ Newshour and is also a NY Times Op Ed Columnist.  His latest column is entitled, “Lord of the Memes” and is a must read; here’s an excerpt: But on [...]

Human Survival in Difficult Times

There is a moving article in the New York Times this morning about a couple (Wang Zhijun and Li Wanzhi) that survived last Monday’s earthquake in China.  The article reminded me of the book, The Long Walk the story of a group of Siberian prisoners who escaped and trekked 4,000 miles to their freedom in India.