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Four Friday Links

– This month’s issue of the Atlantic asks some big questions. About termites. Do their tummies hold the key to new alternative energy sources? Can the desires of a stomach override those of a brain?? The mind boggles. Some pretty good campaign coverage in the issue too.

– I’ve been considering writing a bit about the new Walkmen album, You & Me, which I like an awful lot. It’s a huge step up from the lazy travelogue of A Hundred Miles Off, and a nice compromise of that album’s generous instrumentation and the band’s earlier intensity. This Pitchfork review may oversell the album a bit, but otherwise nails it.

– At the halfway point of this week’s New Yorker, George Packer writes an exhaustive, absorbing, informative, superlative article about Burma/Myanmar. (Anthony Lane’s take on the first week of the Olympics, meanwhile, is just as boring and unfunny as everything else I’ve read about the events in Beijing.)

– The New York Times reviews a Vivian Girls show! At a DIY venue in Brooklyn! And likes them a lot! I haven’t yet mentioned how great their album is. In due time.


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I beg to differ about Anthony Lane’s piece! I think it is pretty insightful and hilarious and am actually SHOCKED that you thought it was “unfunny”. Humph! Hey, want to check out the new Woody Allen soon?

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I think I’ve been bummed out about all Olympics-related commentary since I read a NYT article about how there’s a crisis in American swimming because more people (NOT athletes) are drowning every year.
And yes!

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