Tag Archives: Elif Batuman

Apr. 6, 2015 The New Yorker

On Apr. 6, 2015 The New Yorker’s Elif Batuman wrote “Electrified”about transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS). The device delivers current to the brain and is being tested to help learning, vigilance, intelligence, and memory. It is also being used to treat chronic pain, depression, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia. It is a device looking for cure.

Stephen Rodrick wrote “The Nerd Hunter” about how casting director Allison Jones finds talent for directors Judd Apatow and Michael Feig.

Evan Osnos wrote “Born Red” about Xi Jinping, the president of China and the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. Former US Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson said “He has been forthright and candid – privately and publicly – about the fact that the Chinese are rejecting Western values and multiparty democracy.”

Jonathan Franzen wrote “Carbon Capture” about persuading people to do something about climate change.

Adam Kirsch wrote “The System” about Nazi concentration camps. Franzen writes “…prisoners were treated simultaneously as inmates to be corrected, enemies to be combatted, and workers to be exploited.”

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Dec. 19, 2011 The New Yorker

On Dec. 19, 2011 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Living By Default” about how corporations declare bankruptcy at the drop of a hat but are worried that individuals will do the same to them.

Elif Batuman wrote “The Sanctuary” about a 10,000 year old Neolithic site called Gobekli Tepe near Urfa in Turkey. It was built by hunter gatherers as a religious sanctuary and then suddenly buried around 8200 BCE. There are carvings of boars, foxes, lions, scorpions, spiders, snakes and vultures. The people who built it were taller and healthier than the agricultural people who showed up later. Jared Diamond, author of Guns Germs And Steel, thinks that the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture was a mistake that led to “…gross social and sexual inequality, the disease and despotism, that curse our existence.”

Burhard Bilger wrote “The Great Oasis” about various attempts to turn back to growing deserts like the Sahara using both complex and simple ideas.

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