Arsenal v. Tottenham, 1-0: Living on Borrowed Time

It is difficult to feel assured by Arsenal’s first North London derby victory yesterday over Tottenham at White Hart Lane in seven years. There was nothing of the controlled, counterattack football of a Chelsea, which can make countering football seem dominant; but instead we witnessed a type of frantic, hold-on-to-your seats school-yard defense that prevailed in Man United’s annoying win over Arsenal earlier in the season: hanging on for dear life to a lucky first goal that came early the match, in this case around the minute mark. Lucky not in the sense that Rosicky’s goal was not brilliant, because surely … Continue reading Arsenal v. Tottenham, 1-0: Living on Borrowed Time

. . . and Pain: Özil Plays On Despite Being Injured — Out 4 to 6 Weeks

Feeling the pressure to deliver, Mesut plays through an injury, likely making it a lot worse: Now it’s clear: During the match against Bayern I suffered a muscle injury in the second minute. I tried to give my best and played until the end of the first half. Rest assured that I’ll be back even stronger! Continue reading . . . and Pain: Özil Plays On Despite Being Injured — Out 4 to 6 Weeks

Sweden: A Completely Different Way

Monocle’s  Interview Series talks with five political “heavyweights” is killing it. Posted earlier an excerpt with Sebastian Pinera, President of Chile. Next in line was Fedrick Reinfeldt, Prime Minister of Sweden. Mr. Reinfeldt is center-right, in Euro politico-speak, which means that he runs a tad more conservative than the mainstream. But as we are talking about Sweden, in the US he would be “a dangerous leftie who would struggle to become a congressman in California.” To hear a moderate conservative speak in the following terms gives a glimpse of not just alternative ways of conceiving society, but also the possibility that … Continue reading Sweden: A Completely Different Way

Sebastián Piñera: His Greatest Lesson and the Wealthy

Outgoing President of Chile is a smart guy.  He reminds us that even when right, we must still persuade.  And we might fail.  Don’t give up. He also reaffirms the need for equal education and jobs to end extreme inequality.  Things we know but are vigorously opposed by too many in this nation. Monocle:What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned as president? Sebastián Piñera: You learn to be more humble, more patient. You realise that you cannot get everything done immediately. That you have to negotiate and compromise. Even if you’re right, you have to spend a lot of time convincing … Continue reading Sebastián Piñera: His Greatest Lesson and the Wealthy

10 Things Happy People Don’t Care For | Alden Tan

In my own personal journey of trying to be a better person, I realised that it was all about aiming to be happy. Nothing more, nothing less. When you’re happy, you’re effectively better in every aspect of your life. The second realisation is that happiness comes from shedding the unnecessary in life, as in you need to stop caring about certain things. The third realisation? A lot of these unnecessary things are painfully obvious. More often than not, it’s plain common sense. Here’s 10 things happy people don’t care for. 1. AGE Indeed, age is just a number. And happy people know this … Continue reading 10 Things Happy People Don’t Care For | Alden Tan

Sunday Review | The Compassion Gap

SOME readers collectively hissed after I wrote a week ago about the need for early-childhood interventions to broaden opportunity in America. I focused on a 3-year-old boy in West Virginia named Johnny Weethee whose hearing impairment had gone undetected, leading him to suffer speech and development problems that may dog him for the rest of his life. A photo of Johnny and his mom, Truffles Weethee, accompanied the column and readers honed in on Truffles’ tattoos and weight. “You show a photograph of a fat woman with tons of tattoos all over that she paid for,” one caller said. “And … Continue reading Sunday Review | The Compassion Gap

Sunday Review | Don’t Quote Me on This | MARIA KONNIKOVA

Facilitating an “Impulse to Shortcut Actual Thought” In providing access to information and knowledge that would have required a potentially, and for many, likely, preclusive amount of time, research and reading, the Internet shortcut has had equally perverse consequences as well.  It facilitates natural tendencies towards intellectual laziness, where we co-opt and substitute others’ hard wrought conclusions for our own, without the benefits of the intellectual rigor, hypothesizing and failing, refinement and evolution from which those conclusions sprang.  While we are busy manipulating others’ validation , we are missing nuances they discovered from developing it on our own.  Eager to … Continue reading Sunday Review | Don’t Quote Me on This | MARIA KONNIKOVA

A Commercial We Hate to Love: Cadillac’s “In America, We Work Hard”

Cadillac’s electric hybrid commercial is incredibly effective. It chills. Inspires. It’s arrogant. It is justified American smugness. And it fills the quintessential longing: it tells us who we are. Americans are in constant, desperate need of reassuring and validation: our … Continue reading A Commercial We Hate to Love: Cadillac’s “In America, We Work Hard”

Why Creative Geniuses Often Keep a Messy Desk | lifehacker

Why Creative Geniuses Often Keep a Messy Desk Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Mark Twain. What is one thing these three visionaries have in common? They all had very messy workspaces. This post originally appeared on the Busy Building Things Blog. These three game-changers were never ones to follow the crowd. We can see this by how unconventionally disorganized their desks are. There was a method to this madness: under the mass of papers, magazines, and various objects, there is a sense of organization only the creator can operate through. Here are some other creative powerhouses that have messy desks: … Continue reading Why Creative Geniuses Often Keep a Messy Desk | lifehacker

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently | Carolyn Gregoire

“It’s actually hard for creative people to know themselves because the creative self is more complex than the non-creative self,” Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist at New York University who has spent years researching creativity, told The Huffington Post. “The things that stand out the most are the paradoxes of the creative self … Imaginative people have messier minds.” While there’s no “typical” creative type, there are some tell-tale characteristics and behaviors of highly creative people. Here are 18 things they do differently. They daydream. Although daydreaming may seem mindless, a 2012 study suggested it could actually involve a highly … Continue reading 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently | Carolyn Gregoire

Putin Will Ultimately Lose — Unless We Prevent Him

Just as we’ve turned the coverage of politics into sports, we’re doing the same with geopolitics. There is much nonsense being written about how Vladimir Putin showed how he is “tougher” than Barack Obama and how Obama now needs to demonstrate his manhood. This is how great powers get drawn into the politics of small tribes and end up in great wars that end badly for everyone. We vastly exaggerate Putin’s strength — so does he — and we vastly underestimate our own strength, and ability to weaken him through nonmilitary means. Let’s start with Putin. Any man who actually … Continue reading Putin Will Ultimately Lose — Unless We Prevent Him

Brace Yourself for Maureen Dowd

Sometimes Maureen Dowd can be just mean. And so flawed, sometimes even more so than the people she criticizes. This was the case in her most recent take down of Hillary Rodham Clinton. To be clear, I too am critical of HRC, and I believe Ms. Dowd is an invaluable voice of bringing such criticisms to the fore, although maybe in a different way than she thinks: it serves to keep Ms. Clinton honest, and more in line with what I perceive are her fundamental principles. Picking and choosing as she will (which is usually an ominous sign and a … Continue reading Brace Yourself for Maureen Dowd

NYT SundayReview | What You Learn in Your 40s | Pamela Druckerman

PARIS — IF all goes according to plan, I’ll turn 44 soon after this column appears. So far in my adult life, I’ve never managed to grasp a decade’s main point until long after it was over. It turns out that I wasn’t supposed to spend my 20s frantically looking for a husband; I should have been building my career and enjoying my last gasp of freedom. I then spent my 30s ruminating on grievances accumulated in my 20s. This time around, I’d like to save time by figuring out the decade while I’m still in it. Entering middle age … Continue reading NYT SundayReview | What You Learn in Your 40s | Pamela Druckerman


“So it’s in that spirit that I’d like to say this: Phil Hoffman, this kind, decent, magnificent, thunderous actor, who was never outwardly “right” for any role but who completely dominated the real estate upon which every one of his characters walked, did not die from an overdose of heroin — he died from heroin. We should stop implying that if he’d just taken the proper amount then everything would have been fine. He didn’t die because he was partying too hard or because he was depressed — he died because he was an addict on a day of the … Continue reading Phil

Café Girl: The Tutor

She was tutoring some sort of science, maybe med school. In a near-empty La Pain Quotidien on a Saturday evening, I was in my normal spot at the center, farm table.  She sat right in front of me. There’s a rule I came up with over the years. If someone sits next to you, talk to them. She was soon joined by the student who, more classic in her beauty, could not touch her. Elegant, sophisticated yet simple, could not take your eyes off of her. That is a Café Girl. I think our eyes met a good twelve times. And … Continue reading Café Girl: The Tutor

37 Life Lessons in 37 Years | Dawn Gluskin

Happiness comes from within. We spend way too much of our lives looking for outside validation and approval that eludes us. Turns out, it’s been an inside job all along. Go inward. Be grateful for everything. The good, the bad, the ugly. Our entire life is a precious gift. The pleasure, the pain — it’s all part of our path. Subtle shifts in perception will transform your entire life. When feeling fearful, angry, hurt, simply choose to see a situation differently. In being true to yourself, you can’t possibly make everybody else happy. Still, it’s better to risk being disliked … Continue reading 37 Life Lessons in 37 Years | Dawn Gluskin

The Way Out: The New Gladiators

By BRYAN MEALER Published: February 2, 2013 WHEN the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers take the field during the Super Bowl today, the teams will have five players who come from a small, conflicted region in the northern Everglades known as Muck City. The dark, silty soil surrounding the Florida towns of Belle Glade and Pahokee, some 45 miles west of Palm Beach, creates a fertile region for agriculture. Many of the black residents of the area were drawn there by the opportunity to work in the vegetable fields that surrounded the towns. The migrant workers, who by … Continue reading The Way Out: The New Gladiators

Zwelethu Mthethwa’s ‘Brave Ones’

“Marc Jacobs, eat your heart out. The young Zulu men pictured in new photographs by the South African portraitist Zwelethu Mthethwa are all wearing kilts of the sort that Jacobs favors — except theirs are solid black or pink-and-white gingham and they’re not just making a fashion statement. These men are dressed for church. “The kilts, combined with white, fringed-hem blouses, long emerald-green ribbon ties, soccer-player knee-highs, steel-tipped boots and fluffy pompom headbands, are customary male drag for the monthlong ceremonial retreats that the Nazareth Baptist Church, or Shembe, stages twice a year near Durban, Mthethwa’s hometown. “’I was intrigued … Continue reading Zwelethu Mthethwa’s ‘Brave Ones’

How To Measure An Athlete: Understanding Linmetrics

With eighteen seconds remaining in the 1982 NCAA Basketball Championship game, a scrawny freshman received the ball right of the free throw line and rose straight into the air.  The rest we know as remarkable history.  Michael Jordan would leave North Carolina his senior year (after playing on the 1984 Olympic Team) and become the best basketball player ever.  He won six NBA championships and made one of the most profound, seminal sports commercials of all time in which he recounted the number of last shots he had taken—26—and missed.  It was a quintessential statement not only about sports but … Continue reading How To Measure An Athlete: Understanding Linmetrics

Urging a New Revolution

You could not be faulted reaching the conclusion that William Broad is trying to sell books.  Just before publication of his The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards, Broad unleashed a controversial article on the injuries suffered by yoga students which he soon followed with a provocative expose on the long history of sexual improprieties involving those at the sacred summit of yogadom.  Published in the pages of Broad’s longtime employer, The New York Times, these articles have shaken yoga’s foundation.  Some 737 people left comments on his first article before the NYT closed the spigot.  They did not allow comments on the second. … Continue reading Urging a New Revolution