Julia is going overseas for most of the summer, and she is putting together her reading list. I’m sure she’ll put together a fine list. But we live in a culture in which we are compelled to suggest to high school students what they might want to read, especially in preparation for college. I’ve looked at a couple of those lists, and they are dismal. Some seem to be lists of works that are especially long, challenging of language, in many cases unpublishable in the modern market, out of date, and boring. I mean, really, Moby Dick? Watch the movie, dude, the book is a bear.
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We talk to Sherman K. Stein, mathematician and author of “Survival Guide for Outsiders: How To Protect Yourself From Politicians, Experts, and Other Insiders.”
What makes us so susceptible to social influence, and how can we guard against being manipulated?
Matthew Linsdell on Personal Training
Well, OK, technically if a man is wearing chains he’s not really naked. Whatever. The question at hand is, was sex in skepticism before women showed up? And, when they showed up with their bobbies and all, did they ruin it for everyone?
This is the opening paragraph which gets you very interested in the topic.