"The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you." Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
No one seems ready to accept that the Parisian bookseller who, for thirty years, provided English speaking readers with the newest literary books, and the most exciting readings by authors— Allen Ginsberg, Raymond Carver, Susan Sontag, and Marilynne Robinson, to name a few (Michael Ondaatje, who will read from his latest book “The Cat’s Table” at end of this week, will be the last in this illustrious company)—will simply retire. No one, that is, but Hellier herself.
The Village Voice Bookshop, on the Rue Princesse in Paris, announced that it will go out of business on July 31st. Livia Manera attends the farewell party: http://nyr.kr/KDZcGK
It’s hard to pick an Interview of the Week on Fresh Air - all of them have been excellent: Ahmed Rashid, Jonah Lehrer…
But I found Terry Gross’s conversations with science writer Dick Teresi and transplant surgeon Richard Freeman really eye-opening. They discuss the ethics of transplant surgery and how doctors determine the point between life and death.
The solar flare pictured above erupted from the sun this week causing radiation storms that could affect Earth. Though solar flares are often described in somewhat apocalyptic language — the sun is “exhaling its fury towards Earth” writes The Washington Post Tuesday — this one will probably only briefly disrupt GPS users and power grids later this week. Meanwhile we’re struck as always by the dazzling visual it produced.
[Image: Associated Press/NASA]
Canadian Medical Association Journal calls for hockey fighting ban
The “brutal tradition” of fighting and hits in hockey should be banned because research has shown how brain and head trauma causes progressive damage, says a strongly worded editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
“The tragic story of Sidney Crosby’s layoff due to concussions has not been sufficient for society to hang its head in shame and stop violent play immediately,” writes Dr. Rajendra Kale, a neurologist and CMAJ’s interim editor-in-chief.
A growing body of research on hockey players and boxers indicates that blows to the head cause irreversible damage, a condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), says the editorial entitled “Stop Violence and Play Hockey.”
Kale referred to a 2009 study by Boston University’s Centre for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy that examined the brains of 70 athletes, including prominent hockey players, such as Reggie Fleming and Bob Probert.
Researchers found 50 of these athletes had pathological evidence of CTE which is associated with memory disturbances, parkinsonism, behavioural and personality changes, and speech and gait abnormalities.
“One question I’d like to ask hockey players is, ‘Do you want to be rich, famous and demented and dead at 40?’” Kale told Postmedia News. “It’s not that it’s going to happen to everybody, but there’s a good chance that would happen. Is that what they want?” (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
God bless CMAJ. People need to be about 100% more aware about what exactly concussions do to a person. I got teary when Sidney Crosby started playing again, too: the guy missed it, he loved it. But I knew that this was exactly what would happen. Once you’ve had a serious concussion, being shaken can give you another concussion. The fact that the way hockey is played now forces people to choose between doing what they love and continuing to be themselves is a truly frightening thing.
In the Ukraine, a country where females are victims of sexual trafficking and gender oppression, a new tribe of empowered women is emerging. Calling themselves the “Asgarda”, the women seek complete autonomy from men. Residing in the Carpathian Mountains, the tribe is comprised of 150 women of varying ages, primarily students, led by 30 year-old Katerina Tarnouska. Reviving the tribal traditions of the Scythian Amazons of ancient Greek mythology, the Asgarda train in martial arts, taught by former Soviet karate master, Volodymyr Stepanovytch, and learn life skills and sciences in order to become ideal women. Little physical documentation existed on the tribe, until recently, when renowned French photographer, Guillaume Herbaut, met the Asgarda back in 2004 in the midst of the Orange Revolution.
Confusing Copyright Infringement of the Day: Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter as Hi and Ed McDunnough from the Coen Brothers’ Raising Arizona find themselves on the cover of a Serbian biology textbook.
As Redditor confusionion points out, what makes this choice of cover art particularly bizarre is that “Holly Hunter’s character is barren in Raising Arizona.” Ergo, “[t]hey’re not the biological parents.”
NICHOLAS CAGE = EDUCATION.
Yeah, I am kind of over The Roots for this. It’s very junior high school, and it’s definitely knee-jerk sexism. Which fuck you very much.
This was playing on the TV in the gym while I was trying to treadmill. I had to get them to mute it because I felt like I was going to throw up.
Every single one of these idiots would have been better off sitting in their dorm rooms last night and reading the indictment.
Yeah…I just read the whole indictment. Probably everyone should. It is actually frightening to realize just how much got shoved under the table. You never want to think that could happen to any child.
And if there was any justice in the world, all those fucking Penn State morons above would never have sex again. If there were justice in the world, women around the world would shun them for the rest of their lives. Can we start a pledge, maybe?
Paging Nic Cage of the Day: A truck overturned yesterday on the I-15 near St. George, Utah, spilling some 25 million bees onto the highway.
Twenty bee keepers from the area were called in to help local officers put the bees back in their boxes, which is not as easy as you might think.
“You can’t just grab any two boxes,” said Washington County bee inspector Casey Lofthouse. “When you throw those two colonies together they just kill each other.”
When darkness came, many bees returned to their respective colonies, but millions remained lost. They are expected to linger near the accident site for about a week, according to Lofthouse.
So, if you’re not into being stung by a million bees, stay away from there
Ummmmm…..Does no one remember this from The X-Files? This is not a good thing.
Victoria office workers unknowingly snack on pot brownies
Coffee break brought on more than a caffeine buzz for some Victoria office workers who unwittingly nibbled marijuana-laden brownies this week.
Victoria police said they received a call Monday of a possible poisoning at a downtown office building on Vancouver Street. Three employees, all at once, had been taken to hospital with similar symptoms, including light-headedness, numbness in the limbs and disorientation.
Investigation led to the office refrigerator and some brownies which, it turned out, had been baked with marijuana. Further inquiries revealed all three workers had eaten the baked treats. (Photo: Getty Images/Thinkstock)
I am reblogging this largely because I think Mia will love it. Also, one of the National Post’s tags for this was “omnomnom”. My new newspaper, ladies and gentlemen.
“Before we get started, let’s all say ‘Happy Birthday’ to Elvis Presley today. We played you a little bit of ‘Promised Land’ when we pulled up. You can’t do better than Elvis Presley.”
(She said it on Aug. 16, 2011, the anniversary of Presley’s death, while campaigning in South Carolina. Presley was born on Jan. 8, 1935.)
Can this lady make it a day without fucking up her historical facts? Seriously. Like at this point, I can’t believe that someone in power hasn’t assigned her a personal factchecker. Maybe the factchecker can just hide inside the dead vacant space of her eyes or something.