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Helen Levitt, photographer of New York

Der Economist hat diese Woche einen Nachruf auf die Fotografin
Helen Levitt (1913-2009), die sich vor allem mit den Straßen New Yorks beschäftigt hat – vorwiegend in den ärmeren Vierteln. Ihr großes Vorbild war Henri Cartier-Bresson:

She had been inspired to use a 35mm Leica by Henri Cartier-Bresson, no less, after trailing him one day in 1935 [...]

Miracle Workers by TAYLOR MALI

Taylor Mali has made another poem about his (and our) profession: Miracle Workers is about our daily bread, as it were. The final lines give a good impression of the general tone of the poem: “Education’s the miracle, I’m just the worker./But I’m a teacher, /And that’s what we do.” This is a lot less [...]

Language Log: “On not writing anything”

In his post at the Language Log “On not writing anything”, Roger Shuy elaborates on his thesis that the less you write online, the greater are your chances to get ahead in certain contexts. If you do publish anything (no matter what), chances are that somebody will use it against you some time. Hmmm. Maybe [...]

Presentation Zen: Bill Gates on Malaria and Teachers

Presentation Zen points to a talk given by Bill Gates. In his twenty-minute presentation he talks about two things that his charity foundation does: 1) Fighting Malaria, 2) Improving the quality of American teachers.
Not only is the content of this worth listening to, but also the quality of his powerpoint presentation. Look at how he [...]

Chuckle of the day

Liked that:

No one doubts that Mr Obama can walk on water. (Washington was frozen over this week.)

Found it there:
Barack Obama’s start | High hopes, horrendous workload | The Economist

P.S.: Record-breaking: Took more time choosing the categories than writing the post ;)

John Updike, Author, Dies at 76

The New York Times:

NEW YORK (AP) — John Updike, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, prolific man of letters and erudite chronicler of sex, divorce and other adventures in the postwar prime of the American empire, died Tuesday at age 76. Updike, best known for his four ”Rabbit” novels, died of lung cancer at a hospice near [...]

Retake the oath? – Dust yourself off …

When the most powerful man on the planet takes office and by doing so becomes just that (most powerful), how could it not draw all sorts of commentary from all sides. I’ll restrict myself to what one can learn from the pages of the Language Log.
There is an interesting discussion on the flub Obama, or [...]

David Bowie and Bing Crosby Sing “The Little Drummer Boy”

Again, the Open Culture blog has something to make me watch and click and read: David Bowie and Bing Crosby Sing “The Little Drummer Boy”.
They link to the background story to that at the site of the Washington Post (20 Dec 2006) and include the embedded YouTube video which I’m also, gratefully, offering here – [...]

10 Best Books of 2008 | New York Times

Das “Open Culture” Blog weist auf die Top-Ten-Liste der New York Times hin: 10 Best Books of 2008 | Open Culture.

Fiction

Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories by Steven Millhauser (Excerpt)
A Mercy by Toni Morrison (First Chapter)
Netherland by Joseph O’Neill (First Chapter)
2666 by Roberto Bolaño (Excerpt)
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (Excerpt)

Non-Fiction

The Dark Side: [...]

Great Expectations in Modern Times

Just two things (and one thing more) on the impressive success of Barack Obama:

An Economist article on the importance of being e…lected: Great expectations of Barack Obama.
A video on how Obama used the Internet to gather votes: Barack Obama and the Internet (see below).

Embedded video from CNN Video

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One thing more: Wie wär’s mit einem kleinen [...]