Archive for October 2nd, 2009

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Your Mother’s Uncle

October 2, 2009

Well, my mother’s uncle Doug, actually — which I guess is my great uncle, something-something removed — has just passed away.  He was a pretty influential theater critic in New York.  Here are his obits.  I didn’t really know him at all, though I do know his two sons, who are related to me in some obscure, rhizomatic way.  Douglas Watt lived a productive and fruitful life, which you can read about for a few points of relative interest.  (Hah!  I slay me.)

Rest in Peace.

Douglas Watt in the New Yorker.

Douglas Watt in the New York Times.

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Hotter than Oprah

October 2, 2009

Since most of the traffic currently heading here is likely funneled through Roger’s blog, I probably don’t need to repeat this (though I do harbor a small hope that a few others are reading). Nevertheless, I thought I would post this book list compiled by Nature.  The magazine asked Mike Hulme, Tony Juniper, Mark Lynas, Oliver Morton, Ron Oxburgh, Rajendra K. Pachauri, Roger Pielke, Jr, Andrew Revkin & Joseph Romm, all to select one book as recommended reading in the lead-up to Copenhagen.  As a word nerd, what I like about this list is its diversity of views.  I will certainly be bringing a few of these selections to local coffee shops in the near future.  Carry on.

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Cidade de Deus

October 2, 2009

And now that the decision is final, there will certainly be no problems with income distribution, health disparity, drug abuse, homelessness, or crime.   Just chickens.  Lots and lots of chickens:

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