Reading and Listening | January 19, 2013


The Wall Street Journal | Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • bookPutting Statistics to Work in a Land of Illusions by Carl Bialik – The introduction of statistics in North Korea highlights the dearth of reliable state data.
  • Health Law Pinches Colleges by Mark Peters and Douglas Belkin – The impact of The Affordable Care Act on adjuncts.  “I think colleges and universities are going to have to rethink their model for how they compensate adjuncts.  It’s clear to me over time the current model isn’t going to be sustainable,” Mr. King said.
  • Tough Flu Season Hits Elderly Hard by Jennifer Corbett Dooren
  • TSA to Halt Revealing Body Scans at Airports by Jack Nicas – “This solves our most significant concern” about full-body scanners, said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a privacy advocacy group.  “Not having TSA agents in darkened rooms looking at naked pictures of people getting on a plane is a good outcome.”
  • Labor-Pool Worries Fuel Calls to End One-Child Policy by Laurie Burkitt – “China’s top national statistician on Friday called for changing the country’s one-child policy because of the nation’s shrinking pool of workers, adding to a chorus of opponents who say the policy will have long-lasting effects on the country’s economic stability.”

The New York Times | Saturday, January 19, 2013

Foreign Affairs | November / December 2012


  • Lightspeed: Year One edited by John Joseph Adams
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
  • Writers Writing Dying by C. K. Williams
  • Too Big to Know by David Weinberger
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan


  • Making Movies – Dire Straits
  • A Momentary Lapse of Reason – Pink Floyd
  • Led Zeppelin I – Led Zeppelin
  • Mahler Symphony No. 1, “Titan” – Bruno Walter and the NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
  • Renaissance – Branford Marsalis
  • Brahms Symphony No. 1 – Marin Alsop and the London Philharmonic Orchestra
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