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Alexis Madrigal: "Follow your own curiosity" — Bobbie Johnson, MediumAlexis Madrigal, a senior editor at the Atlantic, shared his advice on writing. When asked about one thing that he had learned over time that he wished he knew when he started out, Madrigal replied saying "There is no red-tile-roof house on the Aegean where famous writers allgo to work in relative leisure. There might be 20 jobs now where you’re set for life, but the rest of us will be hustling forever."
Geisel School of Medicine professor H. Gilbert Welch published an op-ed in CNN last Saturday weighing in on Angelina Jolie’s recent preventive double mastectomy. Jolie published an op-ed in The New York Times last week, revealing that she opted for the surgery after discovering that she carried the BRCA1 gene and has an estimated 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer.
Canada's Legend-ary TED Talk Lie — Gary Rubinstein, Gary Rubinstein BlogDartmouth's Commencement speaker this year, Geoffrey Canada, recently gave a TED talk titled 'Our failing schools. Enough is enough.' While Canada claims there is 100 percent graduation rate at the high schools under the Harlem Children's Zone program, Rubinstien points out there is a 36% dropout rate from 2006 to 2012. Moreover, Rubinstein notes that while "the HCZ Promise Academy high school may have decent state test scores," the test scores are still relatively low comparing to national standards.
If Weather.com gives any indication for how successful Green Key will be this year, the weekend looks like it has potential. With highs hovering around 70 and the chances of showers low, Green Key weekend will likely live up to its reputation as being the hardest few days to sneak away into the library to put the finishing touches on a paper (been there), or study for Monday’s late midterm (seriously, what prof would schedule that?)
Nixon Grandson Recreates President's China Trip, but What Is His Wife Wearing? — Matt Schiavenza, The AtlanticPresident Richard Nixon's grandson Christopher Nixon Cox visited China 41 years after his grandfather's historical visit. "In the spirit of historical accuracy, Cox and his 23-year old wife, billionaire supermarket heiress Andrea Catsimatidis, chose to match the precise itinerary of the journey, visiting such sites as The Forbidden City and The Great Wall." However, Cox's wife caused minor scandal in the Chinese social media with her revealing wardrobe.
The Huffington Post featured an opinion piece by Justin Maffett ’16 on HuffPost College last Friday.
Before There Was Photoshop, These Photographers Knew How to Manipulate an Image — Paul Bisceglio, Smithsonian magazineJerry Uelsmann revolutionized photography by manually blending negatives to produce surreal, dreamlike landscapes. Uelsmann continues to manipulate photographs this way even with the introduction of Photoshop in order to build images that are personally meaningful to him. Uelsmann’s work are currently being showcased in a traveling exhibit, “Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop,” at the National Gallery of Art till May 5.
In China, the Shared Grief of Losing a Single Child Like Lu Lingzi— Didi Kirsten Tatlow, IHT Rendezvous (The New York Times)The Death of Chinese student Lu Lingzi in the Boston Marathon attack and the earthquake in Sichuan Province on Saturday prompted the discussion about China’s “one child policy”. Until 2012, at least one million families lost their only child. Families who suffered the lost of their single child are referred as a “vulnerable social group” in China because parents in their old age lost their main source of income and therefore many face poverty.
English professor Jeff Sharlet, a contributing editor for Harper's and Rolling Stone, has been tweeting about the April 19 Dimensions show protest and its aftermath with the hashtag #uglyivy. Here are some of Sharlet's tweets and other #uglyivy-tagged responses on Twitter.
Inequality And New York’s Subway — The New YorkerThe U.S. Census Bureau created a series of interactive graphs in order to represent the income inequity problem in New York City. Users can choose any individual subway lines and view the drastic change in earning range along the lines.
Women in a Man's World — Andrew Sorkin, Dealbook (The New York Times)“The women at the top of organizations that I know will tell you that we think that we’ve made it because we were born the way we are and can play by these rules without feeling damaged by them,” Ms. Dorner said. “Or, we’ve learned how to play by these rules and use them to our own advantage.”
As an Ivy League student, you’re probably familiar with the media’s tendency to rank colleges, many of which generously use the ambiguous term “Best Colleges” to attract readers.
Jobs Confidential: 15 people reveal the truth about their work — The ObserverPriest:People don't really know if you're a real human or not. I was young when Iarrived at my parish and lots of my congregation gave me cutlery – because if I wasn't married, Iclearly didn't own cutlery. When Istarted dating someone that was really weird for people. It was weird for me, too – seeing them at the altar rail, knowing that we'd been snogging the night before.
Could the eagles have flown Frodo into Mordor? — Sean CristMy contention is that there is nothing in the text to rule out such a plan, and that it is simply a hole in the plot of an otherwise excellent book that the issue is never brought up. This is not to say that LoTR is in any way a bad book; it merely shows that even as excellent a writer as Tolkien does not always succeed at perfectly harmonizing the various entities which he has placed in his world.
Anne Hathaway: In Defense of the Happy Girl — Sasha Weiss, The New YorkerOh, Anne! With your small head and pert nose and oversized, ready smile and glossy pixie cut and squeakily tuneful speaking voice, uttering lines like “It came true!” as you gaze at your newly won Oscar with moistened doe-eyes, wearing a powder-pink Prada gown adorned with diamonds and bows: Why are you so annoying?
Can the Republicans Be Saved From Obsolescence? — Robert Draper, The New York TimesAbout an hour into the session, Anderson walked up to a whiteboard and took out a magic marker. “I’m going to write down a word, and you guys free-associate with whatever comes to mind,” she said. The first word she wrote was “Democrat.”“Young people,” one woman called out.“Liberal,” another said. Followed by: “Diverse.” “Bill Clinton.”“Change.”“Open-minded.”“Spending.”“Handouts.”“Green.”“More science-based.”
Perform Criminal Background Checks At Your Peril — James Bovard, The Wall Street JournalAmericans can treat ex-offenders humanely without giving them legal advantages over similar individuals without criminal records. The EEOC's new regulatory regime is likely to chill hiring across the board and decrease opportunities for minority applicants.