This work of Ader’s – a mysterious search and a journey that doesn’t reach its destination – is something like the experience of reading The Crying Book. The broad range of her inquiry, which can move from Donald Trump (“‘I’m not a big crier’”) to Byzantine lycanthropy in the space of a sentence, is one of the book’s primary pleasures. But its scattershot nature disrupts the through-line it also wants to develop. Interspersing its impersonal elements (facts, trivia, anecdotes involving famous actors and thinkers) are episodes from Christle’s own life: being dumped in college, an abortion, a friend’s suicide, getting pregnant and the experience of motherhood. Accompanying her throughout all this is the waxing and waning moon that Christle calls her “despair”. She favours that word, she explains, because “depression and suicidal ideation and anxiety all cast a staged or laboratory light”, … [Read more...] about The Crying Book by Heather Christle review – why do we weep?
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She adds: “It’s how I made it through, and what’s important to me in life, and how I found that. And when you are going through a rough time, how to have the strength to know that you’re going to come out of that, and you’re gonna come back into the light, so to speak.” … [Read more...] about Jenna Dewan Opens Up About Her Path to Healing and Wellness in New Book
0commentsPokemon: Detective Pikachu is currently in theaters. The official synopsis for the film reads as such, "The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. … [Read more...] about Detective Pikachu Concept Art Book Offers New Look At Pokemon
The venue for our meeting is evidence for the wild success of their work: the Freakonomics brand has become the engine of such an enormous amount of activity there is a whole office devoted solely to its promotion. There is even a consultancy associated with it, which features Nobel laureates among its founding partners. And yes, Dubner concedes, it is a brand, or at least “brand-y” – though he says he has wondered, when people call it that, if they are “complimenting or insulting”. A decade after the launch of the first book – and with “-nomics” now as ubiquitous a suffix for a smart way of thinking about something as “-gate” is for a scandal – that question of interpretation is still very much alive. … [Read more...] about Freakonomics 10 years on: Stephen J Dubner and Steven D Levitt on what they got right and wrong
The first is about problem solving generally. Kobayashi redefined the problem he was trying to solve. What question were his competitors asking? It was essentially: how do I eat more hot dogs? Kobayashi asked a different question: how do I make hot dogs easier to eat? The second lesson has to do with the limits that we accept, or refuse to. Kobayashi said that when he started training, he refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of the existing Coney Island record of 25⅛ hot dogs. Why? He reasoned that the record didn't stand for much since his earlier competitors had been asking the wrong question about eating hot dogs. As he saw it, the record was an artificial barrier. … [Read more...] about Think Like a Freak extract: joining the dots between hot dogs, Van Halen and David Cameron
Once we get inside the 999-seat theatre for the latest date on Piketty's sell-out world tour, our host, LSE Professor Tim Besley, says that tonight's guest has been described as a rock star. He doesn't mention that Piketty, earlier today, spent time doing what touring rock stars do (receiving the blessing of Saint Russell of Brand during a personal audience), but instead explains that the 43-year-old Frenchman once studied economic inequality at the LSE with Tony Atkinson, now honorary fellow of economics at Oxford. "He wasn't the only rock star to study at the LSE," says Besley. He's alluding, of course, to Mick Jagger who studied economics for a year at the LSE half a century ago and reportedly found it – imagine! – boring. … [Read more...] about Piketty mania: how an economics lecture became the hottest gig in town