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In the News 09.02.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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1. Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

“We live in an age when all manner of scientific knowledge—from climate change to vaccinations—faces furious opposition. Some even have doubts about the moon landing.”

 
Read the rest of this article at National Geographic

 


 

2. Grammys 2015: Transcript of Bob Dylan’s MusiCares Person of Year speech

“Bob Dylan was honored by MusiCares, the charity organization that aids musicians in need, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday night. After performances by artists including Tom Jones, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young, Beck, Jackson Browne and others, Dylan himself took a rare opportunity in the spotlight to deliver a 30-plus-minute acceptance speech.”

 
Read the rest of this article at LA Times

 


 

3. 52 Places to Go in 2015

“Untrammeled oases beckon, once-avoided destinations become must-sees and familiar cities offer new reasons to visit.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The New York Times

 


 

4. Piano Man

“Chilly Gonzales is the performance persona of forty-two-year-old Montreal-born pianist Jason Beck, whose dozen-plus albums alternate between classical piano, underground trip-hop, instrumental chamber music, and sardonic rap. He’s collaborated with Drake, Feist, and Daft Punk; written a song for an iPad commercial; and broken the Guinness World Record for the longest solo concert (300 songs over twenty-seven hours). During live performances, he often refers to himself as “Chilly Gonzales, the musical genius,” sporting one or another of his outlandish outfits: a safari suit, a lab coat, a bathrobe and slippers.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The Walrus

 


 

5. Northern Lights

“Some say that the American Dream is not what it once was: wages are low, retirement is not a parachute glide but a plunge, and those chosen to fix such problems labor at undoing one another’s laws. For these doubters, there are the Swedes. On any given day, a Swedish man—call him Viggo—might be reclining on a sofa underneath a Danish lamp shaped like an artichoke. He is an artist, and he has a pension. He is wearing boldly colored pants. His young wife, Ebba, is a neurosurgeon, though she has never paid a krona in tuition, and her schedule runs between the operating table and the laboratory. Things are busy. She and Viggo have small kids (the government gives them a combined four hundred and eighty days of maternity and paternity leave for every child), and when the younger ran a fever yesterday he needed to be whisked from day care to the doctor (both charged mostly to the state). Now it’s the weekend. They are in their country house. It’s nothing fancy, just a little place among the birches near the Øresund, but Viggo spiffed it up with some IKEA deckware, and their friends drop by for oysters and beer. As dawn comes, he brews coffee. He is listening to a radio report on the Prime Minister, who brokered a budget agreement among six parties, and then Stieg Larsson, who is being memorialized on-air. He turns the dial to the multiethnic band Icona Pop, which has soared across the global charts. Icona Pop sings, “We’re just living life, and we never stop,” and that is what Sweden now means to Viggo. Freedom to follow your talents. Community and coalition-building all around. American life promises liberty, cultural power, and creative opportunity, but by many measures it’s the Swedes who turned this smorgasbord of concepts into a sustaining meal.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker

 


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.

 

 

[images : Mia Goth, Imogen Poots & Marine Vacth by Steven Meisel for Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2015 Advertising Campaign]

 
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