thursday reading list

“George Washington, as a boy, was ignorant of the commonest accomplishments of youth. He could not even lie.”

~ Mark Twain

If logical thought and abstract truth cause so much conflict and do nothing to aid our survival, why are they so important to us?

It happened with hip hop. Will the success of “thug lit” lead to a fall in the authenticity of the genre of the streets?

While the world burns, let’s pat the Senate Judiciary Committee on the back for immigration reform.

Daniel Fried was a well-respected power player with more than 40 years in diplomacy, but even he couldn’t close Gitmo.

They don’t often get a pat on the back, but Newsweek’s new online-only format is amazing. Check it out by reading their coverage of the Oklahoma tornado in text, photos and video.

Ever feel like you’re missing out on something at the beginning of NBA games? You are. Take a dip into the private pool that is NBA daps.

Nestled at the intersection of Iranian intrigue, factional violence, and gorgeous mountains, Tbilisi is the home to the great Tbilisi Photo Festival and a spark for social change in the region.


wednesday reading list


“If you can’t articulate ideas and if you can’t articulate critiques of other peoples’ ideas, then you’re powerless.”

                                                              ~ Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie, who recently wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times lamenting the dearth of courageous politicians and activists today, has done an interview. In the LA Review of Books, Rushdie muses on what it’s like to be a persecuted (fatwahed) artist and people only wanting to talk to you about your art and your balls.

Hezbollah’s official entry into the Syrian Civil War could mean an even longer and bloodier conflict. But for some good news, the Atlantic reports that the US boasts a full third of the world’s brightest students.

In the wake of his hunger strike, Guantanamo inmate, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, is having his 466-page memoirs declassified. Sections are now available from Slate.

As millennials begin to take low-paying internet media jobs, we have begun narcissistically lamenting out own fate (and trumpeting our resiliency).

And finally, colleges nationwide are choosing an inopportune time to begin fighting the illicit use of ADHD drugs such as Adderall and Vyvanse.