Hey everyone! After a busy weekend of Liebowitz Day, Earth Day, Sepomana, and many other exciting events, its time to turn to outside the bubble to see what’s going on in the world.
OHIO: In Ohio, deaths due to prescriptive drug overdoses have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death.
BOOKS: Michael Chabon, in the New York Review of Books, describes falling in love with words with Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth, incidentally, my favorite book. Also interesting, it seems that Hollywood is revisiting the Phantom Tollbooth movie! (Thx @j_fuller)
CHINA: Also in the New York Review of Books, Ian Johnson looks into the actions and international response to Ai Weiwei, a Chinese dissident and artist, recently arrested April 3rd. (Thx @TylerGibson)
DOGS: This Nytimes article describes breed-related causes of death for dogs. In short, larger dogs have a greater incidence of cancer, while smaller dogs die by trauma far more often.
10,000 HOURS: Malcom Gladwell’s Outliers describes a theory in which anyone can become really good at something after 10,000 hours of practice. Dan McLaughlin read this book and decided to put this theory to the test. He is practicing golf for 6 hours, 6 days a week, for six years to get a shot at the PGA tour.
ROYAL WEDDING: Are you ready to wake up on Friday at 6 am for the live broadcast of the royal wedding? Available online, the live stream will be accompanied by a live multimedia blog put together by St. James Palace.
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