Hey everyone! The first installation of “This Week in Links,” coming right up:
A light article summarizing some of George Orwell’s motivations as a writer. Comfort food for aspiring liberal intellectuals.
Similar to the above, with David Foster Wallace talking about the evolving motivations of a writer over their career.
A graphic designer analyzes MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech, breaking it down visually. Good insight into some of the critical mechanics of persuasive speaking.
An old video of Kurt Vonnegut talking about the “shapes” of various simple story arcs. Very clever and brain-tickling, and it’s nice to see KV on video.
Foreign Policy article chiding Obama for being too “professorial” and undecisive in regards to Syria. I have a hard time with these sorts of arguments–is it fair to berate leaders for being too autonomous and power-hungry, and then turn around and berate them further when they try and exercise restraint?
Federalist Paper # 70, an essay arguing in favor of a powerful, unitary executive (i.e. one President, rather than a council of ministers). One of the pillars of Revolutionary American political theory, and a good example of the kind of mind we now label “Founding Father.”
Article on the impacts of a San Francisco city policy to limit the presence of national chain stores and support locally-owned businesses. A fascinating and reassuring peek into a local effort to foster a more enlightened economy.
An Associated Press article giving a satisfying overview of some of the most important of the world’s current events. A good blend of timeliness and erudite perspective.
A short AP article discussing a $3.3b loan secured by Africa’s richest man to go towards building a new oil, petrochemical, and fertilizer complex. An interesting peek into Africa’s capitalism; it’s worth contemplating who this plant will come to enrich, and who it may come to impoverish.