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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 12.20.11

12/20/2011 10:08:40 AM

Tags: Banksy, 1 percent, Philip K. Dick, Kim Jong-Il, Republicans, feminism, 1984, Freakonomics, media, Staff


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.


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


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

*** picks the 10 best pieces of science writing from 2011.


Eerily beautiful: Orphaned amusement parks.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


Is feminism over the hill?


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


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


Are bankers human? Watch this video to find out.

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