May 2013

May 2013

Other than that, Mr. Williamson, how did you like the play? Seated cabaret style at a performance of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 a weekend ago, New York critic Kevin Williamson found cell phones to the right of him and cell phones to the left of him.  Protests unavailing (“Just don’t look,” replied one texter, snottily), he went long, seizing the offending cellphone and bouncing it off a curtained wall. New York is now divided on the merits of his action. Stay tuned: this could be bigger than Super-Sized.

Anything he can do, she can do better. From elementary schools on, girls generally score better on reading and math tests.  How come?  “Systematically, parents spent more time teaching activities to girls”— reading to the child, practicing counting, reciting the alphabet. “The boy doesn’t sit still,” says a member of the study’s staff. Read more about the study here.

A short, short story. Ireland’s newest stamp features an entire short story written by a Dublin teenager, winner of the “Fighting Words” writing contest. Priced at 60c, the bright yellow rectangle includes all 224 words of Eoin Moore’s short story that strives to capture the essence of that capital city.

Aristocratic America. Asked whether the opportunity for college still serves to level the American playing field, College (Un)bound author Jeffery Selingo said, “No. If you come from a family with a family income above $90,000, you have a 1 in 2 chance of getting a bachelor’s degree by the time you’re in your mid-20s. If you come from a family with under $35,000, you have a 1 in 17 chance.”

The bill for West Egg. The latest film of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby, prompted artist Nickolay Lamm to raise an intriguing question.  How much would it cost, in today’s dollars, if you wanted to replicate the opulent Gatsby lifestyle? The conservative estimate: $34.3 million dollars.

How many Millennials does it take to screw in a light bulb? None. Call Dad. Young adults aged 18 – 35 asked these questions, in the month of May, according to Yahoo: “How to boil an egg?” “What is 401K?” “What is The Great Gatsby about?” “How to tie a tie?”  And then there was: “What is a narcissist?”

Quote to note (reprised): “Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.” – Will Rogers (1879 – 1935).


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