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Round-up: Colts, cats and people.

August 31, 2011 \pm\31 5:00 pm

  • A RAG OF COLTS by Stephen Tully Dierks in HOUSEFIRE
    ‘Someone sent me a poem with dialogue where one person says “Nothing to be done” and the other person says “Is that Beckett?” and the first person says “Yes, it’s from Waiting for Godot.” And I recommended cutting the third line. My rationale was “that way it’s like a Woody-Allen-esque namedropping thing as opposed to like ‘Hey by the way, this is from Waiting for Godot.’” I apologized. No one asked for my opinion.’
  • Heal thyself: Trust people by Jo Merchant in New Scientist
    ‘Your attitude towards other people can have a big effect on your health. Being lonely increases the risk of everything from heart attacks to dementia, depression and death, whereas people who are satisfied with their social lives sleep better, age more slowly and respond better to vaccines. The effect is so strong that curing loneliness is as good for your health as giving up smoking, according to John Cacioppo of the University of Chicago, Illinois, who has spent his career studying the effects of social isolation.’
  • TOWN OF CATS by Haruki Murakami in THE NEW YORKER
    ‘They went to amusement parks and zoos and baseball games. In the summer, they went swimming, in the winter skiing. But Tengo had nothing to talk about. From morning to evening on Sundays, he and his father rang the doorbells of strangers’ houses, bowed their heads, and took money from whoever came to the door. If people didn’t want to pay, his father would threaten or cajole them. If they tried to talk their way out of paying, his father would raise his voice. Sometimes he would curse at them like stray dogs.’

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