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In the News 12.06.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 12.06.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

 

 

1. Can Reading Make You Happier?

“Several years ago, I was given as a gift a remote session with a bibliotherapist at the London headquarters of the School of Life, which offers innovative courses to help people deal with the daily emotional challenges of existence. I have to admit that at first I didn’t really like the idea of being given a reading ‘prescription.’ I’ve generally preferred to mimic Virginia Woolf’s passionate commitment to serendipity in my personal reading discoveries, delighting not only in the books themselves but in the randomly meaningful nature of how I came upon them (on the bus after a breakup, in a backpackers’ hostel in Damascus, or in the dark library stacks at graduate school, while browsing instead of studying). I’ve long been wary of the peculiar evangelism of certain readers: You must read this, they say, thrusting a book into your hands with a beatific gleam in their eyes, with no allowance for the fact that books mean different things to people—or different things to the same person—at various points in our lives. I loved John Updike’s stories about the Maples in my twenties, for example, and hate them in my thirties, and I’m not even exactly sure why.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker

 

 


 

 

2. The man with two brains: inside the strange mind of Nile Rodgers

“’Do you hear that?’ (He emits a low, whooshing sound that connects in pitch with the mechanical hum of the air conditioner.) ‘That’s in my head now and there’s music going along with it,’ he says. I am reminded of Warren Zevon, whose song ‘Desperados Under the Eaves’ features an orchestral climax inspired by a particularly musical AC unit in an LA hotel room. What tune is Nile’s playing?

‘Well, I’m not going to sing it in case it sounds stupid,’ he says. ‘But it’s almost as if my brain is doing two jobs: talking to you and hearing this. I can choose to pay ­attention to it or not but it’s still going on, this stupid din.’”

 
Read the rest of this article at NewStatesman

 

 


 

 

3. Lunch With Richard Desmond

“The Real Deal, published this month, is Desmond’s autobiography – the story of how a miserable Jewish kid from north London became a billionaire, and clambered on to the ramparts of the British establishment in the process.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The Financial Times

 

 


 

 

4. Lost Brother in Yosemite

“BASE jumping is illegal in the national parks. But that did not keep people from surreptitiously doing it, at the risk of being caught, especially in Yosemite, where the sheer cliffs make it the best place on the planet to do it, some believe.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The New York Time

 

 


 

 

5. After Water

“Since the valley started running dry, this has become Johnson’s favorite store. The responsibilities were getting overwhelming for the 70-year-old: doctors visits and scans for a shoulder she injured while lifting too-heavy cases of water; a trip to the mechanic to fix the truck door busted by an overeager film crew; a stop at the bank to deposit another generous check that’s still not enough to cover the costs of everything she gives away; a million other small tasks and expenses. But at the Family Dollar she was singularly focused, in her element.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Longreads

 

 


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

 

 

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