A Discussion of Distraction

Today, The New Yorker ran an article called “A New Theory of Distraction.” In the piece, the author–Joshua Rothman–speculates as to the nature of distraction in modern times: Like typing, Googling, and driving, distr...

Saving the Liberal Arts

Damon Linker had a piece at The Week yesterday, explaining “How to save liberal arts education.” From the article: The structural trends working against the humanities are just too strong. There is, for one thing, the way that t...

Cheap Gratitude

Yesterday, The Atlantic ran a piece called, “‘I’ve Never Thanked My Parents for Anything.'” The author–Deepak Singh–explains the differences between “thank you”s  in the States, and expression...

Scary Students

There’s a piece at Vox by Edward Schlosser (a pseudonym) entitled “I’m a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me.” In the piece, the author confesses his own terror of offending his students: I have int...

Double Feature

Two articles caught the attention of my Porcher sensibilities today. The first was a piece in the New York Times on urban gardening: Kerry Trueman and Matt Rosenberg began by growing tomatoes on the roof of their third-floor walk-up in the ...

The Celebratory Layoff

The Atlantic ran a piece this morning on how a California-based company called HopeLab is trying to make layoffs and firings more enlivening: Chris Murchison, the company’s vice president of staff development and culture, recently spoke abo...

High Salaries, Low Corruption?

I read a piece in The Week today, provocatively entitled “Pay politicians like movie stars!” The author, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, has taken aim against cronyism: But much of it, as you already know, comes through because of the na...

An Amazon Rhythm

There’s a recent piece in The New Yorker on the new Amazon Dash Button. For those who don’t know, the Dash Button is a small button you place in your house, which orders regularly-used products (detergent, macaroni, and coffee, if the promo...

Localist Roundup: A New Localist Roundup

You may have noticed that Localist Roundup—FPR’s bi-weekly short post collecting articles of interest from across the internet—has vanished in recent weeks. This post is a continuation of that series, only instead of providing a handful of ...