Sunday Reads

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  • Smaller Than Life, in which B. R. Myers blasts Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom because it uses hackneyed language to depict contemporary life, and criticizes fans of Franzen & Don DeLillo’s books. Pull Quote: “Too many readers want a world that is recognizably their own in every trivial particular, even if the book says less of the real relevance to their lives than one written a century ago.”
  • The Costs of Cheap Meat, puts into plain terms how little we’re spending for our meat compared to 40 years ago, and all the health + enviro problems associated with factory-farmed meat. It’s clear that factory farmers are on the defensive now, thanks to big pieces like this in the LA Times, investigation into the Salmonella outbreak and pending FDA regulation on the use of antibiotics in livestock production. Pull Quote: “Although meat consumption has risen slightly over the past 40 years, its impact on the pocketbook is less than half of what it was in 1970, falling from 4.1 percent to 1.6 percent in 2008.”
  • Guide to New York Jargon: The Morning News gives us its own hilarious glossary of life in this city. Pull Quote: Metrotard (noun): A person in front of you at the subway turnstile who can’t figure out how to swipe his or her subway pass. Also: A person who tries to use a Metrocard to withdraw money from an ATM.”
  • Rock Repast: Ra Ra Riot at La Superior: The band gets tacos here, likes them. Pull Quote: “This relatively adventurous quintet ordered an array of tacos, including the ‘amazing beef tongue’ taco, the slow-cooked pork, the sautéed shrimp and the turkey cooked in escabeche, washed down with agua frescas infused with watermelon or prickly pear.”
  • Forbes’s Obama Critique Spurs Fact-Checking and Media Soul Searching: Forbes agreed to a post-publication fact-checking of Dinesh D’Souza’s slanderous profile of Obama, but didn’t admit how much it got wrong. Pull Quote, from one of the sources cited in the piece: ” ‘I received a call yesterday from Nathan Verdi, a fact checker at Forbes, who was calling to fact check your article after it was published. (Is this how journalism works now?)’ “
  • The New Loft Law, or How to Hold on to Your Loft + Let Go at the Same Time: What the new Loft Law means to a loft-dweller, in personal terms. Pull Quote: “In the Bushwick of 2007, “loft law” was a mysterious code word, a secret that explained how tenants in TriBeCa and SoHo had maintained their now glamorous spaces since the more relaxed real estate days of the ’70s.”



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