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In the News 27.07.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

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In the News 27.07.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets
In the News 27.07.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets
In the News 27.07.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

Confessor. Feminist. Adult. What the Hell Happened
to Howard Stern?

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Near the end of his interview with Bill Murray, Howard Stern turned an already somber discussion about missed career opportunities into an existential grilling.

“Is there something that you question in your own life,” Mr. Stern asked, “like why haven’t I found that great love of my life?”

Mr. Murray audibly exhaled and let a pensive moment of silence pass. “Well, I think about that, I do think about that, that um, you know. I’m not sure what my — what I’m getting done here,” he said, sounding like a man questioning his ultimate purpose. Dating seemed like a bad idea, he went on, given that he was such a mystery to himself, and a mystery that he was not very eager to solve.

“What has stopped you from getting in touch with you?” asked Robin Quivers, Mr. Stern’s longtime co-host.

“What stops us from looking at ourselves and seeing ourselves is that we’re kind of ugly, if we really, if we look really hard,” Mr. Murray replied. “We’re not who we think we are. We’re not, uh we’re not as wonderful as we think we are.”

Read the rest of this article at The New York Times

The End of German Exceptionalism

BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 17:  German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends debates after she addressed the Bundestag in a government statement ahead of tomorrow's European Union summit in Brussels on February 17, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The two biggest issues at the summit will be the EU's refugee policy and the future of Great Britain's EU membership. Merkel has pursued a very liberal policy towards admitting refugees and migrants into Germany that has also sparked divisions between EU member states, especially those in Eastern Europe, whose leaders have vehemently refused to admit refugees. Merkel has also taken a firm stance in trying to pursuade Britain to remain in the EU.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Germany was supposed to be the exception to the dystopian future depicted in Michel Houellebecq’s Submission. Set in the France of 2022, the novel imagines a presidential campaign in which established parties have lost the electorate and the far-right is about to conquer the Élysée Palace. Terrorist violence is bloodying the streets, with fascists battling Salafists at every corner, and an Islamist politician ultimately emerging as the last bulwark against an authoritarian takeover. Shortly before its publication, Submission seemed like an outrageous provocation far removed from reality. Since going on sale on Jan. 7, 2015, the day when masked gunmen stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo, killing most of its editors because they dared to depict the Prophet Muhammad, it has seemed anything but.

Today, the continent’s economy is in crisis, right-wing populists are in the ascent from Athens to Oslo, and Britain is hurtling towards a chaotic departure from the European Union. Amid all this, Germany has seemed the Continent’s last bastion of stability. The country’s export-oriented businesses are in strong shape, centrist politicians control the reins of government, and most voters seem to have retained their hard-won aversion to political experiments.

Read the rest of this article at Foreign Policy

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Beyond Anger

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There’s no emotion we ought to think harder and more clearly about than anger. Anger greets most of us every day – in our personal relationships, in the workplace, on the highway, on airline trips – and, often, in our political lives as well. Anger is both poisonous and popular. Even when people acknowledge its destructive tendencies, they still so often cling to it, seeing it as a strong emotion, connected to self-respect and manliness (or, for women, to the vindication of equality). If you react to insults and wrongs without anger you’ll be seen as spineless and downtrodden. When people wrong you, says conventional wisdom, you should use justified rage to put them in their place, exact a penalty. We could call this football politics, but we’d have to acknowledge right away that athletes, whatever their rhetoric, have to be disciplined people who know how to transcend anger in pursuit of a team goal.

Read the rest of this article at aeon

Is Watching Gymnastics Worse Than Being an NFL Fan?

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Until a torn ligament ended my training when I was 15, I thought about gymnastics obsessively. My fascination with the sport hasn’t really diminished — 25 years later, I still regularly dream about being called on to compete — and this August I’ll be watching the American women in the Rio Olympics alongside millions of other viewers, enthralled by the spectacle of adolescent girls defying gravity and common sense as they launch into space and contort themselves in ever-more-outlandish ways. But my delight won’t be as unequivocal as it once was.

Read the rest of this article at New York Magazine

‘How’s Amanda?’

A story of truth, lies and an American addiction

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She had already made it through one last night alone under the freeway bridge, through the vomiting and shakes of withdrawal, through cravings so intense she’d scraped a bathroom floor searching for leftover traces of heroin. It had now been 12 days since the last time Amanda Wendler used a drug of any kind, her longest stretch in years. “Clear-eyed and sober,” read a report from one drug counselor, and so Amanda, 31, had moved back in with her mother to begin the stage of recovery she feared most.

“Is this everything I have?” she asked, standing with her mother in the garage of their two-bedroom condominium, taking inventory of her things. There were a few garbage bags filled with clothes. There was a banged-up dresser she had put into storage before moving into her first abandoned house.

“Where’s my good makeup?” Amanda asked.

“Maybe you pawned it with the jewelry,” said her mother, Libby Alexander.

“What about all of my shoes?”

“Oh, God. Are you serious?” Libby said. “Do you even know how many pairs of shoes you’ve lost or sold?”

Amanda lit a cigarette and sat in a plastic chair wedged between the cat food and the recycling bins in the garage, the only place where she was allowed to smoke. This was the ninth time she had managed to go at least a week without using. She had spent a full decade trying and failing to get clean, and a therapist had asked her once to make a list of her triggers for relapse. “Boredom, loneliness, anxiety, regret, shame, seeing how I haven’t gone up at all in my life when the drugs aren’t there,” she had written.

She had no job, no high school diploma, no car and no money beyond what her mother gave her for Mountain Dew and cigarettes. A few days earlier, a dentist had pulled all 28 of her teeth, which had decayed from years of neglect.

Read the rest of this article at The Washington Post

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