Posts filed under ‘Economist’

Happy National Grammar Day!

Twin Souls, Long Lost.  The internet version of the article is much more in depth, so even if you read already it in today’s Times, check this version, too.

The Mime Twitters.

Sociologists let loose on Facebook.

The Wizards Fan Who Talked Trash to Obama.

If your obituary starts with the words “Alan Landers, who started smoking at 9,” you’re lucky to have made it to 68.

America: Under Insured.

Targeted ads, straight from your cable box.

Sign of the economy: The ability to buy concert tickets on layaway.

Some older things I forgot to post:

This article naturally starts with a UMD professor

Philadelphia transit pass features city skyline.  The only problem is that it’s New York City’s skyline…(The transit pass is for Philly’s 2009 Beer Week which apparently starts this Friday.  I would go this weekend, except it is in direct conflict of one of New Jersey’s best beer-drinking experiences.)

March 4, 2009 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

No Internet Access Makes Emily Read a Lot More

Thanks to Lauren for guest blogging while I was traveling!  Apparently she is better at being me than I am…

While I didn’t have internet access while I was gone (it was slightly painful), I did have a lot of time to read, so I wanted to do a quick recap of the good books I read this past week.

american-wife American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

A very thinly veiled book about a Democratic librarian who happens to be married to the pompous, spoiled, slightly moronic president of the United States of America.  Good beach reading, and much better than the last book of hers that I read, Prep.  Ugh, I hated the main character in that book sooo much.  Still, the best part of this book is the ending, so to truly put a smile on your face, you must read the first 500 pages of smut/silliness/page turning drama.

homopoliticus1Homopoliticus: The Strange and Scary Tribes that Run Our Government by Dana Milbank

I decided to stay political, but moved to the non-fiction side of things…Milbank’s book was silly enough, well written enough, (and doggone it likable enough), but there was nothing in there where I thought “Wow!  What a crazy story!  I’d never heard that one before!!”  Most of the tales of political malaise and crazy scandalous behavior I had read before, so I didn’t really walk away with anything new from this reading experience.  Still, it was fun.

unaccustomed-earth Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri is definitely on my list of favorite authors.  I’ve read every book that she’s published, and I’ve loved them all.  Her other books, Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake are also really good, but this one might be the best.  It’s all short stories (and one three chapter story at the end of the book), but every story is so enveloping that you completely forget whatever else you were doing and become completely soaked up by the lives of the characters.

the-secret-life-of-beesThe Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Okay, I try not to read bestsellers with reading guides in the back, but my mom read this one and told me that I’d absolutely love it.  And I did.  I love a good dysfunctional Southern family story, I love historical fiction, I love children as narrators and I love books that shun racism.  Basically, on paper I should love this book and I did, natch.  Sue Monk Kidd also writes pretty darn well, which makes it an even better read.  Since I sincerely enjoyed the book, I’m hesitant to see the movie, but if you have, let me know what you thought.  (I also haven’t seen the movie The Namesake, either.)

I also started the book Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, but it’s due at the library in a few days, and I’m due back in New Jersey in a few days, so I’m leaning toward taking it back to the library.  Thanks to the Montgomery County Public Library for providing all these titles free of charge (umm not a special blogging perk, I just have a library card…).  Also, I’d like to give a heads-up to the approximately seven issues of New York Times magazines I read, the four WaPoMags as well as the kick-ass Economist double issue and some other lovely periodicals too.

In fun news websites: this is awesome, as is this.

In other news around the world: he’s still an idiot, she’s finally ready to get married, he tries to pay a bill with drawings, and I invented air, so every time you breathe you owe me 10 cents.

January 13, 2009 at 11:19 am 2 comments

The God Dashboard, Peeing in Public, Secrets of the Daily Show, T-Pain, and Fun Post-Election Links

Lauren just called this “The God Dashboard.”  SO COOL.

This story made me happy for humanity.

When New Jersey politicians come to D.C…they pee in public.  On other people.

Deep secrets of “The Daily Show.”

The Economist wants you to learn while you eat pizza.  Read the details of the marketing plan, too.

You know I love when the New York Times reviews rap albums.  Here’s the latest on T-Pain’s “Thr33 Ringz”

“He even breaks the fourth wall, talking process on ‘Long Lap Dance,’ about how a private dance in a strip club, a fixed-price commodity, is a better bargain the longer the song that accompanies it is.”

Yes, I am sure T-Pain was drawing supply and demand curves when penning the lyrics to “Long Lap Dance.”

In post-electoral news:

Maps of the 2008 Election (but really, really cool)

Barack Obama in cupcake form

Barack Obama’s election night flickr album

Sweet t-shirt (thanks Lauren)

WaPo Limerick Contest Results!

In 2005, Obama roasted Rahm Emanuel, here’s the YouTube clip (and it’s funny!).  (Thanks Arielle and Alex NJ)

Finally, in presidential pet news:

Socks the Cat is still alive! I think he wrote me a letter in 1994. (Thanks Phylan)

Peru Offers Bald Dog of Incas to Obama Family (the headline itself is silly)

November 12, 2008 at 10:42 am 1 comment

Bethesda Makes the International Press (and a Baseball Article Roundup)

From The Economist… The Big Sort: Americans are increasingly choosing to live among like-minded neighbours. This makes the culture war more bitter and politics harder.

“At a bookshop in Bethesda (one of those posh American suburbs), Steven Balis, a retired lawyer with wild grey hair and a scruffy T-shirt, looks up from his New York Times. He says he is a Democrat because of ‘the absence of alternatives.’ He comes from a family of secular Jews who supported the New Deal. He holds ‘positive notions of what government actions can accomplish.’ Asked why he moved to Maryland rather than Virginia, he jokes that the far side of the river is ‘Confederate territory.’ Asked if he has hard-core social-conservative acquaintances, he answers simply: ‘No.'”

Sorry, I am OK with spelling things British style, but I can’t bring myself to put the period outside the quotation marks…So that wasn’t a direct quote.

Continuing with my theme for the week, baseball & greatness (and all of these have a D.C./MD tie-in too!): This guy played baseball with an artificial leg (yes, Lauren, I’m creepy).

Also, but this guy isn’t dead yet, (even though he was born in Berwyn, MD and went to DUKE. Ugh. At least that other guy tried out for the Senators at UMD…) Oldest Living Major Leaguer Has Stories to Tell.

This guy had a huge front yard. So he built a baseball diamond for his son! In the front yard! And he wasn’t even a crazy baseball fan! (Too bad we have a hill in our front yard, right Dad?)

Ok, it’s not baseball, but it’s still a good sport: the Mystics’ Monique Currie has a great dad, read the WaPo article about him.

June 22, 2008 at 10:59 pm 3 comments

I Read More During Finals

From this week’s Economist:

Speedy Decline (in methamphetamine use in the States, but I haven’t read anything about it in the American press…)

Speaking of the American press… On the Brink (American newspapers are in trouble.)

More on the violin found by a cabdriver: Concerto in the Key of G, for Grateful.  I highly recommend the audio slide show as well.

The Onion‘s War for the White House Glossary.  It’ll keep you laughing through this interminable primary.  Or at least for the next five minutes.

May 7, 2008 at 10:06 pm Leave a comment

I’m Back and I’ve Been Reading

First, a local newspaper quotes me (The Home News Tribune) about being a “millennial” during this presidential election and I sound like an idiot.

From a few-weeks-old-Times-Mag: Do I just like this article because it mentions Bethesda?  No, but you know that gave it brownie points in my book.  “Can Barack Obama Capture the Lunch-Pail Democrats of Pennsylvania?”

From The Economist: Americans and the British don’t really have so much in common.  Unfortunately, I can’t find it on the website, so I would recommend taking a trip to the library, or borrowing it from me.  (It’s the March 29, 2008 issue.)

Back to The Times: Quirky Texas reporter emulates Charles Kuralt.  Tee Pee motels ensue.

I fly Delta and at the same time they make a $3.1 billion agreement to make the world’s biggest airline.

I like to read about how The Economist views American domestic issues like mixed-income housing.

From The Washington Post: which diners to eat at on Route 130 in New Jersey, ending, conveniently, in the city where I currently reside.  (Dad noticed that the author’s name is Deiner…Diner, Deiner, get it?)

This guy wrote 200,000 books, (and his name is NOT James Patterson) but really he used a computer algorithm to write most of them.  Here’s what I think his best title is: “The 2007-2012 Outlook for Tufted Washable Scatter Rugs, Bathmats and Sets That Measure 6-Feet by 9-Feet or Smaller in India.”  Also, he decided he’ll be able to write romance novels based on algorithm too!  Awesome.  I’ve been saying that for years.  (Or at least since I worked at a large book chain and we collectively decided that those romance novels are virtually identical, just change the names, time period, and erm, body parts.)

April 14, 2008 at 10:33 pm 3 comments

Today at the Beach, I Read…The Economist

Here are the articles I enjoyed:

It’s nice to see how Brits see NYC: Harlem Reborn: A Dream is No Longer Deferred

Turn Left.  No Right.  I Mean Left. (an article about how they’re going to put traffic info on GPSes from NJ to NC!)

Rats are gross, here’s why: The Year of the No-Rats? 

March 17, 2008 at 7:06 pm Leave a comment

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