Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Did you read about targeted militants, "forgetting to die," and Ozzie Guillen?

Posted By on 10.24.12 at 11:02 AM

Ozzie Guillen, pre-Marlin
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Hey, did you read:

• David Bromwich on the election in the New York Review of Books? ("Lower, meaner, duller campaigns there have been, but never one in which so many issues were treated with such studious avoidance by the presidential candidates of both parties.") Steve Bogira

• About the U.S. government's ever-evolving "disposition matrix" of militants targeted for killing? (Romney: We can't kill our way out of this mess. Obama administration: We're sure as hell gonna try.) Sam Worley

• How companies use cookies to target you with political ads? Jerome Ludwig

The report on Illinois's finances that will prompt you to start planning for a move elsewhere? (I hear New Hampshire is lovely.) Tal Rosenberg

• That the U.S. is on the verge of becoming the top oil producer in the world? (via Ezra Klein) Mick Dumke

• Daniel Engber's witty dismissal of accounts of the afterlife by "neuro-evangelists"? Sam Worley

• That story about the small Greek island where people "forget to die"? (I'd hoped the phenomenon was attributable to some sort of electromagnetism straight out of Lost—but probably has more to do with a culture that takes lots of naps, starts work at 11 a.m., drinks plenty of wine, and pays zero attention to clocks. Then again I'm only on page 2, so maybe I haven't gotten to the electromagnetism part yet.) Mara Shalhoup

• The Miami Herald's eulogy for shitcanned manager Ozzie Guillen? Kate Schmidt

This portrait of a real-life, Santería-practicing, graceful and terrible Cuban witch? Asher Klein

• Did you see this remarkable video of Lana Wachowski—who codirected The Matrix and, most recently, Cloud Atlas, with her brother, Andy—detailing her experiences as a transgender and the long road she took to find solidarity in her life? Drew Hunt

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