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Archives for January, 2009

I’ll let the Boston Herald News tell the tale: A celebrity from the moment he bounded off an American Airlines [AMR] flight Monday night at Miami International Airport, Lancy redux “very quickly integrated into the menagerie and held his own,” said Lou Hawthorne, CEO of BioArts, the firm that auctioned off five dog-cloning procedures last…

John Updike, 1955 Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images, via NYMag The ‘net is fairly bursting with Updike appreciations, but I especially like this one from Sam Anderson at New York, which notes that amid what can seem an intimidating body of work, Updike’s essays offer an easy and richly satisfying introduction or revisit. I always go…

Pharma giant Pfizer got bigger on Monday, purchasing Wyeth Pharamceuticals for $65 billion in one of the few big business moves to get funding lately. This comes after several years of aggressive cost-cutting and huge layoffs at Pfizer, and was announced as the company released an annual report revealing a $2.3 billion settlement for offl-label…

Jascha smokes some Mozart

It’s Mozart’s birthday. We’ve been indulging in some Don Giovanni here amid (but inside, protected from) the snow. But for multimedia instead of fireside consumption, I thought this effortlessly electric encore by Heifetz would serve nicely. Wonderful how relaxed he is; how much he gets done doing so little with either hand. Nothing extra, nothing…

Close on the heels of Lilly’s $1.42 billion penalty for off-label marketing comes the news that Pfizer paid out $2.3 billion to settle similar allegations. From FiercePharma News of the Pfizer-Wyeth merger this morning drowned out some not so good news for the company. Just after announcing its $68 billion buyout of Wyeth, Pfizer published…

Updike down

‘Tis a smaller world now. John Updike is dead of lung cancer. The end of Rabbit at Rest: “Well, Nelson,” he says, “all I can tell you is, it isn’t so bad.” Rabbit thinks he should maybe say more, the kids looks wildly expectant, but enough. Maybe. Enough. Fifty books, countless essays, some of the…

CNN has a fascinating and rather frightening story about the toll football (or the concussions acquired playing it) take on the brain: But today, using tissue from retired NFL athletes culled posthumously, the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE) is shedding light on what concussions look like in the brain. The findings are…

Why Frank Rich links

The Neiman Journalism Lab ponders the question:. : Why has Rich embraced linking when his peers have not? “CThe theory was: Why not be as transparent as possible by showing sources, when we could?%u201D he told me recently. and Rich says his linking is as much about backing up his argument as it is about…

I’m rapidly seeing that Twitter isn’t all bad after all. I’ve little taste for it when used primarily as a social net — though I can see the attraction for some, especially people with free time in big cities. (I have no time and live in a tiny town…). But as this story shows, it’s…

The book opens so thrillingly — a plane crash, a last-second Super Bowl victory, and a first chapter that comfortably reconciles Plato and Ovid with Tom Brady and John Madden — that it spawns a worry: Can the book possibly sustain this pace? “How We Decide” delivers. Jonah Lehrer, — author of “Proust Was a…