From radio to online writing to books to history, The Liberal Artist aims to please a diverse and curious audience, and we hope we succeed.
- “What Doesn’t Kill You,” by Ira Glass, et. al, at This American Life. What makes TAL so addicting are its incredibly gripping snippets of everyday life. In its most recent episode, it covers how people deal with close calls with death. Listening to comedian Tig Notaro’s act alone is worth your while.
- “Top 5 Ways Bleacher Report Rules The World!” by Joe Eskenazi at SF Weekly. And here’s the response to that article: “The Many Ways SF Weekly Is Wrong About Bleacher Report,” by King Kaufman at Bleacher Report. You can read the two articles and make your own conclusions, but the crux of the issue is this: Is writing, particularly online writing, being watered down and simplified in the empty search for “clicks”?
- Long Live Paper, by Justin B. Hollander, The New York Times. “The idea that every time a person reads a book, newspaper or magazine in the near future they will require an energy source is frightening.” I’ve certainly tried to do the ebook thing, and it’s just not happening for me. And I think this is the fear behind it. With a book, I don’t need a battery or an internet connection — just the book. Good thing I picked up my library copy of, “Where’d you go, Bernadette?” tonight.
- The Dark Side of Thomas Jefferson, by Henry Wieneck in Smithsonian Magazine. It’s chilling to look at what happened behind the doors of Monticello. And, makes me wonder what will chill Americans 200 years from now when they about our generation and leaders.