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Writing tagged Notes

  1. The foco

    A parallel between the success of the Cuban Revolution and changing large organisations.

  2. Everything had to be new

    On the fads of 19th century Parisian bohemia.

  3. First sentence

    A great first sentence from an LRB article by Adam Smyth.

  4. The most profound interest

    No one believed the Wright Brothers could fly.

  5. The natural order of things

    Bits from an LRB review of a book about how socialism has disappeared from America.

  6. ‘Measuring America’ by Andro Linklater

    My notes on this fascinating book about the history of mapping the continent.

  7. The Canadian iron ring tradition

    Canadian engineers wear rings on their little fingers as a reminder of their responsibilities to the public.

  8. They hate competition

    On companies hating competition.

  9. Slender gains

    A bit from a review of a book by Katherine Boo, about how the poor complain about their neighbours more than they do about the rich.

  10. Midcult

    Some bits about “midcult”, Dwight Macdonald’s term for middlebrow culture.

  11. Failure quotes

    Two quotes about failure, from Samuel Beckett and Stephen Spender.

  12. Doors with no handles

    “…the Volkspolizei would come through the doors, drag the Gruftis and Autonomen into the East, rough them up and throw them back out.”

  13. Two million radio sets capable of broadcasting

    Reviewing Tim Wu’s ‘The Master Switch’, Steve Coll describes how once anyone could broadcast their own radio station.

  14. Postwar by Tony Judt

    Bits of the book that jumped out at me.

  15. They ate the money

    John Lanchester on the feeling of people in Greece and elsewhere about the economic crisis.

  16. The undercover quanitifed self

    A chunk of Hamish MacGibbon’s father’s life was recorded by the security services, and still readable fifty years later.

  17. Then behave yourselves

    Stephen Sedley in the LRB comparing an intrusive media to a snooping state.

  18. Living lightly to cope with disaster

    An article in the LRB about Japan’s historical response to disasters, and how it perhaps used to cope better.

  19. Ships, terrorists, red tape, persons

    Notes from an article about the history of English law.

  20. ‘Always Magic in the Air’ by Ken Emerson

    A review and/or notes on this book about the music that came out of New York’s Brill Building in the 1950s and 60s.

  21. What I read on my holiday

    Notes from holiday reading.

  22. Whoops! by John Lanchester

    Notes on the book about the financial crash.

  23. Coins and Experiments

    A pointer to some quotes from a couple of LRB articles that happen to mention Pepys.

  24. A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich

    A timeline of events mentioned in this lovely history book.

  25. The launch of bipolar disorder

    How bipolar disorder was launched as an identifiable condition.