Monthly Archives: October 2002

Liverpool labyrinth

BBC News: “The enigma of Liverpool’s labyrinth: Tycoon Joseph Williamson dug a vast, bizarre network of tunnels under Liverpool almost 200 years ago. Were they the city’s first job creation scheme, a rich man’s whimsy or a shelter from the end of the world?”

“Superiority Complex”

David Brooks. Man, is he good. In his newest article, “Superiority Complex,” he examines the democratization of elitism in our country:

“‘Know thyself,’ the Greek sage advised. But of course this is nonsense. Truly happy people live by the maxim ‘Overrate thyself.’ They are raised by loving parents who slather them with praise. They stride through life with a confidence built on an amazing overestimation of their own abilities. And they settle into an old age made comfortable by the warm glow of self-satisfaction. Each of these people is a god of self-esteem, dwelling on a private Olympus.”

If you’re into social criticism, check out Brooks’s excellent book “Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There.”

“Triple Frontier” and “Dying Words”

This week’s New Yorker contains two fascinating articles. The first, by Jeffrey Goldberg, which, unfortuntely, isn’t posted on the magazine’s site, describes the increase in fundamental Islamic terrorist activity in the “Triple Frontier”–the border area shared by Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil. The second article, Jerome Groopman’s “Dying Words,” is a sad, revealing look at various methods doctors use to break the worst kind of news to their patients.