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Monday, 3 December 2012

Lead item

It's the end of the world as we know it "The world is on track to see 'an unrecognisable planet' that is between 4 and 6 degrees hotter by the end of this century, according to new data on greenhouse gas emissions. As United Nations climate negotiations enter their second week in Doha, Qatar, an Australian-based international research effort that tracks greenhouse gas output will release its annual findings, showing emissions climbing too quickly to stave off the effects of dangerous climate change."

The Age

Monday, 3 December 2012

General item

The Salman Rushdie case "A man living under threat of death for nine years is not to be blamed for occasionally characterizing his plight in grandiloquent terms. But one would hope that when recollecting his emotions in freedom and safety, he might bring some ironic detachment to bear on his own bombast." (Also: Will Rushide greet this stinging review with 'lordly nonchalance'?)

New York Review of Books

How to live without irony "If irony is the ethos of our age — and it is — then the hipster is our archetype of ironic living. The hipster haunts every city street and university town. Manifesting a nostalgia for times he never lived himself, this contemporary urban harlequin appropriates outmoded fashions (the mustache, the tiny shorts), mechanisms (fixed-gear bicycles, portable record players) and hobbies (home brewing, playing trombone)."

New York Times
Hipsterism, Hipsters

Monday, 3 December 2012

General item

Dying rock stars' famous last words "Despite the achievements accrued during their life, the profundity of someone's last spoken words is not guaranteed..."


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