“Mark Zuckerberg, in true Zuckerbergian fashion, thinks of announcing your listening habits via Facebook’s Spotify integration (“Someone You Disliked in High School listened to Skrillex”) as an opportunity for users to “express themselves.” Spotify founder Daniel Ek cheerfully describes “a world where music is really about you listening to music and your friends discovering it from you.” You’d think it could be at least partly about musicians expressing themselves, but we’re being prodded onstage right alongside them.”
“These films are all more or less similar, and ‘The Avengers’ gives us much, much more of the same. There must be a threat. The heroes must be enlisted. The villain must be dramatized. Some personality defects are probed. And then the last hour or so consists of special effects in which large mechanical objects engage in combat that results in deafening crashes and explosions and great balls of fire.”—
In animals as diverse as African elephants and barnyard mice, blue monkeys of Kenya and feral horses of New Zealand, affiliative, longlasting and mutually beneficial relationships between females turn out to be the basic unit of social life, the force that not only binds existing groups together but explains why the animals’ ancestors bothered going herd in the first place.
“I haven’t lost my faith but I’ve lost my religion. I still believe in something so deeply. … I’ve never really gotten past that quote from Anne Frank in her diary, where she says that people are really good at heart. But I feel like the Catholic Church – no – the Catholic hierarchy has been disinviting people like me and especially women like me for so many years that I finally took the hint.”—Anna Quindlen on religion and faith [full interview here] (via nprfreshair)