Flash Fiction from The New Yorker: “The Weight” by Anne Enright
“Fare Warning” in Taki’s Magazine
The latest issue of AWAI’s Barefoot Writer
In this issue:
* “Mind-Blowing Writing Projects That Protect Forests, Rebuild After Disasters, Save Lives… and Pay Your Bills”
* “Prague, Paris, and the Dutch Romance That Launched My Writer’s Life”
* “The Unforced, Nonthinking Bridge to Better Habits”
* “Is This the Missing Link Between You and an Avalanche of Paying Clients?”
The latest issue of Independent Healing
“The Great Vegetarian Con” LINK
The meatless movement is peddling bogus science. Giving up animal foods won’t make you healthier or help the environment.
“The Big Business of Scavenging in Postindustrial America”
The US produces more garbage per capita than any other nation in the world. In this article from The New York Times, Jake Halpern explains how scrappers are turning that waste into a $32 billion business. LINK
“Who Needs Freedom” in Taki’s Magazine
This is an interesting little essay about a topic no thoughtful person can avoid: the conflict between freedom and regulation. LINK
I thought it was interesting because the writer, who seems to have a strongly right-wing view of most things, admits to the advantages of overly regulated western Europe. I’ve had the same thoughts. I’ve also had the experience of running businesses in Europe, and he makes good points on that, too, although I think his perspective is extreme.
“PolitiFukt” – a very funny piece in Taki’s Magazine by the smart and obsessively persistent David Cole. LINK
“5 Photographers Capturing Chinese Youth Culture Today”
An interesting article that I found on Artsy.net. LINK
“Tarantino Punches the Damn Dirty Hippies” in Taki’s Magazine
Immediately after watching Tarantino’s latest – “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” – I wasn’t sure what I thought about it. There were parts that I liked and admired, but the plot was weak. It dragged a little. But it got me thinking. And when a movie gets me thinking, it usually means I end up admiring it. That’s what happened with this one.
I was going to write a review of it but came across this review that says all of what I was going to say and more. LINK
The Turps by Damon Runyon
I found this tattered old book in my library. I knew Damon Runyon as a writer that specialized in loveable crooks. But this is an epistolary story about a very ordinary couple – Joe and Ethel Turp – living in Brooklyn. Joe is a simple man that cannot quite grasp his fate. Ethel is a loveable nitwit. I wouldn’t be surprised to discover that this was the inspiration for Jackie Gleason’s “Honeymooners.” In any case, it’s funny. Laugh out loud funny. And a wonderful reprieve from the real world.