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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 10.4.11

10/4/2011 11:19:22 AM

Tags: The Crockpot, Rick Perry, librarians, Compost Mobile, hypersensitivity, farms, crickets, Neal Stephenson, dictator, Awesome Food, Nissan, UFOs


Before Indian summer is done, listen to the sound of crickets and katydids one last time. (And read a review of the book Cricket Radio here.)


Hypersensitivity is good, according to Psychology Today.


A dictatorial government recognizes—and attempts to restrict—the power of art. Check out the shift from avant-garde to realistic art in children’s books under Soviet rule.


It takes a village to save a drowning farm.


Gals, forget Lady Chatterly’s Lover. Order your copy of “Men of the Stacks,” a calendar of dreamy male librarians.


American politicians and scientists are afraid to tackle the big challenges—like space exploration, environmental degradation, and renewable energy—argues science fiction author Neal Stephenson.


The American Scholar, the quarterly publication that won the 2011 Utne Independent Press Award for Best Writing, is now on Tumblr.


The New York Review of Books asks, Is Texas Governor and presidential hopeful Rick Perry “another slicked up trashmouth”?


Booing a gay soldier? Cheering execution? Stop this now, says Susan Brooks at the Washington Post.


Reporting for Mother Jones, Mac McClelland wonders why an indicted warlord isn’t in the Hague if even she can find him.


Awesome Food (the Awesome Foundation’s food chapter) announces its very first $1,000 grant winner: Compost Mobile, a Miami home pick-up service for food scraps.


Do you want to speed up or slow down? Nissan and Swiss scientists are developing a car that can read your mind.


Open Minds wonder: Are they UFOs or biodegradable floating lanterns?


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