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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 12.20.11

 

Banksy commits a cardinal sin: defacing an 18th century bust of a priest to comment on the Catholic Church’s child abuse scandal and subsequent cover-up.

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This rare interview with science fiction rapscallion Philip K. Dick from 1979 recently surfaced on the Internet.

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Take a seat: Abandoned couches take over the streets of San Francisco.

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Longform.org picks the 10 best pieces of science writing from 2011.

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Eerily beautiful: Orphaned amusement parks.

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Have you heard of a little book called 1984? Here’s the original write-up from the New York Times Book Review.

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What we talk about when we talk about a woman’s success as a woman.

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Mother Jones peeks into the 1 percent’s headquarters: Highland Park, Texas.

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As long as there have been political dictators, psychologists have been fascinated with them. The Psychology of Dictatorship: Kim Jong-Il. 

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An exhaustive piece chronicling how the GOP became the party of the rich.

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Bibliophile porn: Photographs of the most beautiful college libraries from around the world.

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The United States Artists has awarded its annual literature fellowships to 5 lucky poets and writers, each of whom will receive a grant of $50,000.

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French lessons: Why letting kids drink at home isn’t tres bien.

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Is feminism over the hill?

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Love amid sippy cups: Excerpts from steamy romance novels for parents of young children.

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A statistician picks apart Freakonomics for its number-crunching blunders.

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Are bankers human? Watch this video to find out.