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Thursday, 1 March 2012

General item

How Gogol explains the post-Soviet world "So here is a not entirely frivolous suggestion: How about skipping the political science textbooks when it comes to trying to understand the former Soviet Union and instead opening up the pages of Gogol, Chekhov, Dostoyevsky? This is not just a thought experiment."

Foreign Policy
 
 

Thursday, 1 March 2012

General item

I was a warehouse wage slave "Take Brian, for example, who's here with us in training today. Brian already went through this training, but then during his first week his lady had a baby, so he missed a day and he had to be fired."

Mother Jones
SOCIETY
 

The Conflict: Woman and Mother (and children's lib) "If the history of parenthood is a history of ambivalence, then where do we sit in the continuum? Ambivalence towards children is mounting." (Anne Manne)

The Monthly
 

Thursday, 1 March 2012

And finally

Three little pigs (video) The Guardian imagines how it might un-twist the tale

Guardian
 

Lead item

James Murdoch steps down "His resignation as chairman of News International was not in itself unexpected. But it lays bare, in the wake of the phone-hacking and corrupt payments scandal, how far the balance of power has tilted in the empire."

Guardian
James Murdoch