1. (via: sixtus.cc)

    Speaking of…. I can hardly contain my excitement about this:

  2. (Source: craneyum, via thegist)

  3. futurejournalismproject:

    Click here to compare them.

    Via Romenesko.

    it’s over, guys, it’s all over.

    (Source: futurejournalismproject)



  5. Katha Pollitt on Christopher Hitchens

    So far, most of the eulogies of Christopher have come from men, and there’s a reason for that. He moved in a masculine world, and for someone who prided himself on his wide-ranging interests, he had virtually no interest in women’s writing or women’s lives or perspectives. I never got the impression from anything he wrote about women that he had bothered to do the most basic kinds of reading and thinking, let alone interviewing or reporting—the sort of workup he would do before writing about, say, G.K. Chesterton, or Scientology or Kurdistan. It all came off the top of his head, or the depths of his id. Women aren’t funny. Women shouldn’t need to/want to/get to have a job. The Dixie Chicks were “fucking fat slags” (not “sluts,” as he misremembered later). And then of course there was his 1989 column in which he attacked legal abortion and his cartoon version of feminism as “possessive individualism.” I don’t suppose I ever really forgave Christopher for that.

    [in The Nation]

  6. hyenabutter:

    There is nothing. There is no God and no universe, there is only empty space, and in it a lost and homeless and companionless and indestructible Thought. And I am that thought. And God, and the Universe, and Time, and Life, and Death, and Joy, and Sorrow, and Pain only a grotesque and brutal dream, evolved from the frantic imagination of that same Thought.

    And this is why they called Mark Twain America’s Happiest Man

  7. Finally! I really hope they’ll make more!


  10. Ich pflege ja einen eher großmütterlichen Lebensstil. Besonders ersichtlich wird das in meiner Zuneigung zu traditionellen britischen Radiosendungen wie Desert Island Discs. Desert Island Discs läuft seit 1942 auf BBC Radio4. Jede Folge besteht aus einem Interview mit einer Persönlichkeit des öffentlichen Lebens, die dazu passend eine kleine Musikauswahl mitgebracht hat, die ihr Leben illustriert. Zu DID eingeladen zu werden, ist eine Ehre, die durchaus nicht jedem Promi in Großbritannien zuteil wird.

    Das Archiv der Sendung ist seit einiger Zeit online zugänglich, wenn auch noch lange nicht alle Aufzeichnungen digitalisiert sind. Hier lassen sich so einige schrullige, berührende, erstaunliche oder auch nicht besonders erstaunliche Gespräche ausgraben.

    Neulich ist mir die Ausgabe mit der Astrophysikerin Jocelyn Bell Burnell untergekommen: eher unbedeutende Musik, umso aufschlussreicheres Gespräch.

    You seem to have spent a lot of the time pretending you weren’t quite as bright as you were.

    I found that it wasn’t socially acceptable for a girl to be a knowable. Particularly in science […]. And so through my teens I developed techniques of disguising my knowledge, posing statements actually as questions. […] Because the social pressure in those days - particularly in mixed groups - was that girls were the inferior sex.

    It was hardly mixed, of course, by the time you got to University in Glasgow. I think you were the only female physics student, weren’t you?

    In a class of about 50 people doing honours physics, yes, I was the only female.

    How was that?

    It was traditional at that time that whenever a woman entered a lecture theatre all the men stamped, thumped the benches, whistled, cat-called. So for my final two years of university, every class I went into I had to face that kind of barrage.

    [der Radioplayer lässt sich leider nicht embedden]