Monthly Archives: February 2015

Why the laptop computer is unlikely to catch on

“It would be much simpler to take home a few floppy disks tucked into an attache case.”  In 1985 The New York Times announces that a recent invention is struggling to find users: The limitations come from what people actually … Continue reading

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Does London need a new concert hall?

For classical music, that is. I can see why the Albert Hall is less than ideal — I’ve had many an awkward night there myself, even though I love the look of the place — but is it really necessary … Continue reading

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Regent Street, last night

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In reality, everyone was simply searching for an excuse to look away from the crimes all around.  Soon a growing indifference began to spread even among declared opponents of Hitler. To a not inconsiderable degree it could be put down … Continue reading

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Frank Sinatra at his best … & worst

  “Sinatra gets harder to appreciate the more you know about him,” says Philip Collins in today’s Times [£]. He tells an old Vegas story about the comedian Jackie Mason, who, back in the 1960s, was reckless enough to treat his … Continue reading

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Photos by Milton Greene, 1953. Via @RPanh.

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A brief history of “mistakes were made”

James Fallows ponders those weasel words.

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In the land of Putin

While watching hours and hours of State-controlled Russian TV  — it’s a weird but productive sociological experiment — American writer Gary Shteyngart recalls an encounter in the country of his birth: On my last visit to Moscow several years ago, a … Continue reading

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The world according to Instagram

Adela Sanz Fernández’s contribution to “the largest mobile photography exhibition ever organized by a museum.”

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Facing the end

Oliver Sacks, eloquent and clear-sighted as ever, on learning that he has terminal  cancer: Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a … Continue reading

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