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Thursday, 15 March 2012

Lead item

Why I am leaving Goldman Sachs "Today is my last day at Goldman Sachs. After almost 12 years at the firm I believe I have worked here long enough to understand the trajectory of its culture, its people and its identity. And I can honestly say that the environment now is as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it." (Also: The reaction)

New York Times
 
 

Thursday, 15 March 2012

General item

The truth about Murdoch "The question is not whether Murdoch is a courteous and kindly private man, or a brilliantly innovative entrepreneur, or someone who has debased the media and public life. He may be all of those things."

New York Review of Books
 

Four mao too many "Last Wednesday I tried to close my bank account. I won't pretend that the Bank of China is the most Orwellian institution in the world, but in terms of human suffering inflicted by bureaucracy, it has to make the long list."

New York Times
China
 

Thursday, 15 March 2012

General item

'Red Deer Cave People' may be new species of human "'They could be a new evolutionary line or a previously unknown modern human population that arrived early from Africa and failed to contribute genetically to living east Asians,' said Darren Curnoe, who led the research team at the University of New South Wales in Australia."

Guardian
 

Longing (and photography) "Longing is not always oriented toward the future. It can as easily be retrospective. You can long for what you have ­already experienced. S#xual fantasies, for example, are memories (sometimes slightly improved on) as often as they are inventions." (Geoff Dyer)

Paris Review
Photography
 

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