“To be clear, the idea is not that there will be a big financial payoff to a liberal arts degree,” Cappelli writes. “It is that there is no guarantee of a payoff from very practical, work-based degrees either, yet that is all those degrees promise. For liberal arts, the claim is different and seems more accurate, that it will enrich your life and provide lessons that extend beyond any individual job. There are centuries of experience providing support for that notion.”
The Ebola Wars. The New Yorker’s long feature story about Ebola’s spread.
How do good ideas spread? A great New Yorker piece from Atul Gawande about how some ideas take time to spread. More than just a theoretical piece, too, it includes specific examples.
Can the Guardian take its aggressive investigations global? Good read in the New Yorker about the Guardian and how it operates.
Beyond the Matrix. The New Yorker features the making of Cloud Atlas. The novel remains one of my favorites and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do with the script.
In the past five years, Shaw has added more than a hundred pounds to the svelte three hundred that he weighed at his first contest. “It gets old, it really does,” he said. “Sometimes you’re not hungry, but you have to eat anyway. Training is easy compared to that.” Pudzianowski once told an interviewer that his typical breakfast consisted of ten eggs and two to three pounds of bacon. “Between meals, I eat lots of candy,” he said.
The article is full of things that make you wonder how in the world someone can do that.
The Mission to Get Osama Bin Laden. An absolutely fantastic New Yorker feature story on the Navy SEAL raid to get Osama bin Laden.