For the readers

Of books – if you read, if you like books, if you think of yourself in some way as literary – then you should read this. She’s smart, she’s funny, she’s opinionated, and she loves books. It’s like a little treat – try it, you’ll like it.

via Fran Lebowitz: By the Book – The New York Times


Why thinking about knowledge matters …. marriage.

via Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person – The New York Times

Here in a small version is a lot of what Gilbert was talking about. It also neatly encapsulates why thinking about how you came to know something is significant for the thing that you think you know.

Let me frame it this way: this is the most accurate thing I have read about choosing a mate that I have read. Show it to the parents and see if they agree.

Smartphone = crack pipe?

via Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones? – The New York Times

You could read this as “See Mr Whiteside, at least I’m not doing drugs”


“I am hooked, and I don’t even know on what – just whatever this device pushes on me.”

It does make me think about Marx’s line: “Religion is the opiate of the masses” and how completely he underestimated technology.

Something fun and historic

This is for all of you that feel that I give pop culture the shrift. Plus it’s just kind of fun to think about (hint: avoid judgement).

And finally, double-plus, it’s about one of the greatest and most influential bands that has ever played – not to mention one of my personal favorites. Every smart person should spend a little time with the Velvet Underground – it could change your life.

via 800 Copies: Meet The World’s Most Obsessive Fan Of ‘The Velvet Underground and Nico’ : The Record : NPR