Thomas Friedman Interview on BBC Radio 3

On a recent episode of the always-interesting BBC Radio 3 Arts & Ideas Podcast, Philip Dodd spoke with Thomas Friedman about his new book “That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back“. While I don’t usually agree with Friedman, I did find this interview interesting–Dodd challenges Friedman and engages him in constructive argument … Continue reading Thomas Friedman Interview on BBC Radio 3

Orhan Pamuk’s Nobel Lecture

Having just finished “Other Colors: Essays and a Story,” a collection of essays by Nobel Prize recipient Orhan Pamuk, it seems like a good time to recommend his work. Pamuk, who lives and works in Istanbul, features Turkey and his home city prominently in his writing. While many of his stories are very much about Turkey, the ideas at the core of his work are universal. … Continue reading Orhan Pamuk’s Nobel Lecture

College Textbooks: Room for Innovation

I’m glad to see a featured discussion on the New York Times online that poses this important question: Why do new college textbooks cost so much? Certainly I remember semesters in college where my textbook bill would reach $500. It wasn’t uncommon for one book to cost more than $100 (especially for the big, bulky textbooks). Not only were/are the books costly, but they’re unruly … Continue reading College Textbooks: Room for Innovation

“What Should I Do With My Life?” asks Po Bronson

Just came across an article that Po Bronson wrote for Fast Company. “What Should I Do With My Life?” is both the title of the article and the title of Bronson’s book on the same topic. I’ve seen the book on the shelves at my local bookstore for years (though I never read it — at least not yet). So as I came across the … Continue reading “What Should I Do With My Life?” asks Po Bronson