eCLIPPINGS, A Curated News Service: February 7, 2015

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Photo: Malú Alvarez for The New York Times

MOROCCO, FROM COAST TO DESERT
by Seth Sherwood, February 6, 2015, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Reminds me of the travels in the North African desert in Paul Bowles, “The Sheltering Sky”.

Earlier this week I recommended Phil Klay’s book, “Redeployment”, so here is an interview with Mr. Klay that appeared in the New York Time, Times Insider on January 21: READING THE TIMES WITH PHIL KLAY. I  like the bylines he follows, especially A.O. Scott and Michiko Kakutani.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SECOND GRADERS ARE TREATED TO A SEVEN-COURSE, $220 TASTING MEAL
by Jeffrey Blitz, October 10, 2014, The New York Times Magazine, The Food Issue
Six second graders on a visit to the French restaurant Daniel. Fun to read. And they got to try crispy Japanese Snapper and Wagyu Beef Rib-Eye!

CAPTIVE MARKET: WHY WE WON’T GET PRISON REFORM
by Michael Ames, February 2015 issue, HARPER’S MAGAZINE, February 2015 issue
‘Whether we credit society’s better behavior to the legacy of Clinton-era policies or to the spiritual evolution of the species, the paradigm has shifted dramatically. Today’s urgent social problems no longer center on criminals and the depravity of their crimes,but on police, courts, prisons, and the system’s routine abuses of power. We traded grim murder, rape, and assault statistics for asset forfeiture, police militarization, and mass incarceration.” — This is a must read
Note: Full story behind paywall

WHY DON’T KIDS WALK TO SCHOOL ANYMORE?
The Atlantic Video, 2/7/15
In the late 50s almost 60% of schoolchildren walked to school, today that figure is around 10%. Great video, please watch.

BRIAN WILLIAMS AND THE ‘GUITAR HERO SYNDROME’
Politics, THE ATLANTIC, by James Fallows, February 2015
Fallows as usual writes an interesting timely piece.

HERZOG’S NEW WORLD: A WOMAN’S STORY
‘Queen of the Desert’ Debuts in Berlin
THE NEW YORK TIMES by Rachel Donadio, February 6, 2015
Herzog’s film debuted yesterday at the 65th annual Berlin International Film Festival – it’s a love story starring a woman, never done before by Herzog.

GENERAL MILLS STARTS PULLING PRESERVATIVES AFTER ASSAULT FROM FOOD BABE ARMY
by Jack Smith IV, February 6, 32015, The New York Observer
“Culinary inquisitor Vani Hari made multinational food titan bend so quickly that her detractors couldn’t gather their thoughts”
Assault against BHT, banned in many parts of the world — hooray for Ms. Hari!!

“The End of the Tour” and “Best of Enemies” Premiere at Sundance
by Stephen Garrett, The New York Observer, January 25, 2015
“The festival proves that the most action-packed movie scenes can be as simple as two people talking in a room.”

 

And this last story is one that I highly recommend, please send me your comments.

WHAT THE TREES REVEAL 
by Joanna Chen, January 15, 2015, Guernica Magazine

“When we moved to the Ella Valley twenty years ago, my partner and I took great care not to build on land that might have belonged to Palestinians before the war of 1948.”

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