On the Newsstand:vacation

/ October 14, 2013 12:26 am

The Virtues of Vacation

Reading Bertrand Russell's "In Praise of Idleness," 78 years after publication.

/ May 14, 2010 7:34 pm

Weighing In: Manliness, A Bad Word for a Good Thing

In his essay “What Makes A Life Significant,” William James gives voice to the “manly virtues” that Wagley, in her “Defense of Manliness,” seems to want to defend. I say “seems” because, like Sam, I’m not exactly sure what her article is advocating for. If it’s anything like what James wanted when he called for a life of “precipitousness, so ... Read More

/ April 20, 2010 2:18 pm

E.U.: Vacationing a Human Right

In a bold step intended to reduce poverty, the European Union will soon be providing some of the Continent’s poorest citizens with subsidized plane tickets and hotel rooms. The Toronto-based National Post reported on Monday that the European Union has declared traveling for tourism a human right, and is launching a scheme to subsidize vacations with taxpayer money for those ... Read More

and / March 8, 2010 3:02 pm

Taking a Pickup to Washington

How Scott Brown pulled out a victory in New England

/ March 8, 2010 10:48 am

Do Harvard Students Try to Pass for Poor?

James McAuley asks today in the Harvard Crimson: “What is it with Harvard students and pretending to be poor?” James is a polite guy, so he doesn’t name names. He cites “the more well-moneyed of our peers,” he cites “many affluent students,” he cites “wealthy individuals” and “wealthy peers” and “wealthy Harvard undergraduates.” And he cites people with specific phony ... Read More

/ February 19, 2010 6:41 am

Paterson’s Problems

The NYT’s expose on Governor David Paterson is riveting and ultimately damning. This is the kind of journalism we need more of. Maybe individual pieces of evidence suggesting Gov. Paterson is a narcissist and a flake wouldn’t hold up in court, but the preponderance of the evidence is conclusive on that score. To sum up: He can’t be reached during ... Read More

/ April 14, 2009 12:35 am

HCD vs. HRC: Labor Debate Liveblog

8:33 Debate ends. Wrapup coming 8:29-Republicans–Matt says-one more dichotomy, do you believe that labour and management are at odds. Shouldn’t they come together to create profits (I thought the Republican point was that Harvard shouldn’t make profits). Matt-we have to protect the long term financial health so we can retain our dominance as the top employer in the region? See ... Read More

/ April 14, 2009 12:28 am

Liveblog 4

  8:20-Colin Motley, President of the Republican club, asks Democrats “if card check increases wages for workers who have jobs, but decreases the jobs available, is that a good thing.” 8:19–Democrats-People don’t make decisions based on what percentage of the budget goes to stein clubs. 8:17–Republicans-Let’s preserve the endowment (that’s a very Burkian sentiment). Also, preserving jobs makes up a ... Read More

/ April 14, 2009 12:19 am

Liveblog 3

8:08–And now the Republican position: It sucks. The sucks refers to layoffs, oh you of the dirty mind. Also “this university doesn’t exist to give workers jobs. We need to save money so that we can expand to Allston and Brighton.” Is it just me, or do the expansions always make you quote Caesar: “Omnia Allston in tres partes divisa ... Read More

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