“Why Sanders Will Probably Win the Nomination” by David Brooks in the NYT

In this opinion piece, Brooks explains how Sanders and his fellow progressives have induced large parts of the Democratic Party to “see reality through the Bernie lens.” LINK

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“What happens when you give up gluten, sugar and dairy?” from the Easy Health Options website LINK

This is good, basic advice about healthy eating. (No, I don’t always follow it myself – but if it weren’t for hypocrisy, I’d have no good advice to give.)

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Add Jonathan Haidt to your list of contemporary nonfiction writers that know how to stay on top of topical subjects (Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Lewis, Stephen Dubner, et al.).

In this TED Talk – “The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives” – he introduces an idea that’s become very hot in the last year or two: that the differences between liberals, conservatives, and Libertarians have their basis in fundamental notions of morality. LINK

I have a lot to say on this subject. More to come in future essays…

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The Dead by James Joyce

The Dead is considered to be one of Joyce’s most important and also most revealing works. It is a novella – more than a short story but less than a novel. Even if you’ve read it before, it’s always worth reading again.

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The latest issue of AWAI’s Barefoot Writer

In the February issue:

* Recipe for an ‘A-Level’ Writing Career That Gets You Noticed, Makes You Wealthy, and Keeps You Happy

* 5 Ways Life Changes Can Revamp and Revive Your Writing

* The Secret Business Weapon of a White Paper Master

* 4 Ways to Bust Through Gargantuan Roadblocks

* $100 Writing Contest!


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Metropolitan Life by Fran Lebowitz

A collection of smart and witty essays about life in the Big Apple as a young writer. Part Patti Smith. Part Sex and the City.  She has this thing she does with lists…

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The February issue of Independent Healing LINK

In this issue, you’ll discover the real reason more of us than ever are suffering from chronic stomach troubles. You’ll learn:

* Why foods that are bright white in color wreck your digestion

* The real cause of the celiac epidemic (No, it’s not gluten.)

* The common food additive that’s a hidden trigger for stomach pain (Chances are, you eat it every day.)

* And much more…

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The thing about war… even when it is justified, it is grievously destructive – and not only in terms of loss of life. Here, for example, from History.com, are 7 important cultural sites that have been damaged or destroyed. LINK

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If you’re looking for something good to read, you might like one of these books from my January reading journal:

MoonshotsCreating a World of Abundance by Naveen Jain– Ignore the first three chapters, which read like a mundane treatment of the philosophy of abundance. After that, it gets much better, with lots of examples of how technological progress is accelerating even faster than Moore’s Law predicted. Jain gives you good reason to believe that many if not all of our biggest problems, including war, poverty, and global warming, could be largely solved in the relatively short term.

Ansel Adams400 Photographs– Sometimes it’s hard to understand why a particular artist is considered to be a standout, while his contemporaries whose works seem similar are not. It’s much easier if you look at the entire scope of the artist’s work instead of a single example that is considered to be “brilliant.” Such was my experience looking through this collection of Ansel Adams photos, mostly landscapes but including a handful of mesmerizing portraits and still lifes.

AlchemyThe Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Lifeby Rory Sutherland– Thoughts from an advertising man about how imagination can transform experience and our understanding of the world.

I Used to Know ThatStuff You Forgot From School by Caroline Taggart– True to its title, the book is chock full of interesting bits you could have learned in school. Example: In geometry class, I learned how to calculate perimeters and areas and have used those simple equations thousands of times since then. But I had forgotten how to measure the circumference of a circle (diameter times pi) and  got reacquainted with the Pythagorean theorem – fun to know but apparently useless.

And here’s a book that’s not worth your time…

Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation by Eva Illouz– I began with the best expectations, but couldn’t finish it. This is a profoundly stupid book that argues that “love” doesn’t work today because the  “institutional organization of marriage” precludes the “possibility of maintaining romantic love as an intense and all-consuming passion.”

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