“Also, I was in possession of a positive outlook, which is just a trick whereby you convince yourself that the desolation of your world is a phase in your personal growth. The weird thing is it works.”
—Sam Lipsyte, The Fun Parts
U.S. Naval medics are forcing tubes down the noses of detainees at Guantánamo Bay in order to feed them against their will. The U.N. has said this violates international law. When does “suicide prevention” become torture?
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Elizabeth Cline tells Terry Gross about how the competitive edge for Bangladesh in the garment manufacturing business is simply its low labor costs:
There is no other reason why a company would be doing business there. These deaths are happening because they are trying to step into the shoes of China. The cost of labor, the costs are going up in China and fashion companies are trying to maintain their margins and trying to maintain their cheap prices, so they want Bangladesh to do what China was doing. But Bangladesh can’t do that.
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Because it’s Monday and we chimps have two words on the brains: “More coffee.”
A notebook takes on a friendly character, the patina of its daily use, its doodles and coffee stains. It becomes an indispensable artifact of the trip, glowing with revelation.
—Writer Paul Theroux on note-taking while traveling, a beautifully analog record of experience in the digital age. Complement with Joan Didion on keeping a notebook, Virginia Woolf on the creative benefits of journaling, and Mary Gordon on the joy of writing by hand. (via explore-blog)
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