I spend time surfing the web everyday. I admit it. I am not ashamed. Here are the pages I marked this week on Ma.gnolia:
“A new autocracy now governs Russia. Behind a facade of democracy lies a centralized authority that is not reluctant to swat down those who challenge the ruling party.” — I had somehow missed all this business in the news. It makes me quite sad…
“Steven Millhauser doesn’t traffic in emotional upheaval or interpersonal conflict. He flattens his characters, giving his books the paradoxical effect of seeming realer than reality.”
“We can always tell ourselves that it’s good to keep options open, but is it really?” — Interesting little study on human desire to keep options open being conducted by MIT.
“Roger Clemens offered hugs, handshakes and advice to members of the Houston Astros on Tuesday, doing everything that he could to become immersed in baseball again.” — Is there any doubt that Clemens is one of those monumental jerks? While I enjoyed seeing this dude win a Cy Young in Houston, I’ve pretty much abhorred him since his departure from the Red Sox long ago.
I think typography is a cool little mystery. I wish I knew more about design — I really love some of these modern looking posters. What if my blog looked like that? Never happen, right?
“Rocker-activist Bob Geldof got unprecedented access to the U.S. President during his recent Africa trip for a wide-ranging discussion on aid, America and doing laundry on the road.” — Geldof does an excellent job of characterizing an inherently likable guy in George W. Bush. Though I probably count myself among the disenchanted, it is sad to think that the Bush Administration gets very little air time for all of the wonderful aid that they have sent to Africa. Failed policy in one region of the world undoes excellent policy in another, at least in the media’s eyes.
“Though more commonly associated with indie-rock, jaz
z improvisers and hip-hop, New York has lately become remarkably hospitable to musicians upholding more rustic ideals.”
View all my bookmarks on Ma.gnolia