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In the News 15.12.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 15.12.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

 


 

1. 100 Notable Books of 2014

“The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The New York Times

 


 

2. There’s a new country claiming sole ownership of the North Pole

“After 12 years and $50 million of research, Denmark has surveyed the 2,000-kilometer-long underwater mountain range that runs north of Siberia and concluded that it is geologically attached to Greenland, the huge autonomous territory that, along with the Faroe Islands, is controlled by Denmark.

As a result, the kingdom is claiming 895,541 square kilometers (556,463 square miles) of the North Pole—an area about 20 times the size of Denmark. “This is a historical milestone for Denmark… [and now] comes a political process,” the Danish foreign minister, Martin Lidegaard, said. “I expect this to take some time. An answer will come in a few decades.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Quartz

 


 

3. The Walking Cure: Talking to Cheryl Strayed About What Made Wild Work

“Wild is the story of a woman who voluntarily takes leave of society and sustains herself outdoors, without the protection of a man, or, for that matter, of mankind. It is the story of a woman who does something physically demanding day after day, of her own free will, and succeeds at it. It is the story of a working-class woman and her mind — of what Strayed thought about in the three months she spent almost entirely alone. And it is a story that ends happily in the near-total absence of that conventional prerequisite for happy endings, romantic love.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Vulture

 


 

4. How Racists and Partisans Exploit the Age of Obama

“Americans of all stripes were justifiably proud when the country elected its first black president in 2008, and again when he was reelected in 2012. The fact is that no other comparable democracy, in Europe or elsewhere, was then or would now be prepared to elect a leader from a minority group. But even as I watched the celebrations on election night in November 2008, I felt an undercurrent of unease. Heartening as it was, this was not a sign that we had broken the back of racism or of racially driven divisions in the country. The election of an African-American president could be seen by racists in America as a sign that they could be more blunt in expressing their views. After all, who could now say America is racist? And the same mindset could lead others to enable statements or actions that would otherwise be seen as over the line. And, of course, the inevitable harsh criticism of a president by partisans on the other side, something that comes with the territory, could easily take on a racial dimension for Barack Obama.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The Atlantic

 


 

5. Person of the Year: Tim Cook of Apple

“In the three years after the death of Steve Jobs, Mr Cook, 54, has held his nerve through attacks from activist investors and a loss of faith among some that Apple could succeed without its late founder. This year has seen Apple’s chief step out of the shadows of his predecessor and imprint the company with his own set of values and priorities: bringing in fresh blood, changing how it manages its cash pile, opening Apple up to greater collaboration and focusing more on social issues.”

 
Read the rest of this article at FT

 


 

6. Sony’s International Incident: Making Kim Jong-un’s Head Explode

“Then, last month, hackers unleashed one of the most punishing cyberattacks on a major corporation in recent memory, pilfering private emails, detailed summaries of executive salaries, and even digital copies of several unreleased Sony films that they posted online. It remains a mystery who was responsible.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The New York Times

 


 

7. Storytelling Your Way to a Better Job or a Stronger Start-Up

“The age-old art of storytelling — something humans have done since they could first communicate. So why has it become this year’s buzzword? And what is its new value?”

 
Read the rest of this article at The New York Times

 


 

8. Let It Go

“The document in which these guidelines are laid out is the fifth edition of the A.P.A.’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (2013), or DSM-V. The first edition was published in 1952; since then, it has undergone five substantial revisions, and, in the process, the concept of psychopathology has broadened. For a number of years now, you haven’t had to do anything especially eye-catching to make it into the manual. DSM-V has a new category, “excoriation (skin-picking) disorder,” which is where you could end up if you don’t stop picking your cuticles. In a section called “Conditions for Further Study,” the manual lists behaviors that it isn’t calling disorders yet but is asking us to think about. Consider one: “persistent complex bereavement disorder.” That’s when you can’t get over the death of someone close to you within the period of time that the DSM considers to be appropriate: a year if you’re an adult, six months if you’re a child. If you fail, the manual suggests, you may be the victim not only of grief but also of illness, which calls for treatment.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker

 


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.

 

 

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