Smart Links 15 May 2012
Commentary on Grexit, frequent flying, evolution takes time, man on the run, on literature, and Liberals.
Financial Times -- Eurozone: If Greece goes ...
With an exit looking possible, policymakers and investors are shifting focus to the consequences.
Financial Times -- Default now or default later?
What would constitute an economically rational choice for Greece, given the economic and political situation? I see four options, each of which is fraught with uncertainty.
The American Airlines lifetime first class pass and the people that (ab)used it.
Los Angeles Times -- The frequent fliers who flew too much
Many years after selling lifetime passes for unlimited first-class travel, American Airlines began scrutinizing the costs — and the customers.
Fag, Homo, Bohunk etc. etc.
Financial Times -- The moral majority is in headlong retreat
Annise Parker, Houston’s openly lesbian mayor, spoke for many this year when she wished President Barack Obama’s stance on gay issues would “evolve a bit faster”.
The 40 year pursuit.
GQ -- Uncatchable
George Wright, America's most elusive fugitive, ran for forty years. He ran from the cops after escaping from prison. He ran from the feds after the most brazen hijacking in history. He ran from the authorities on three continents, hiding out and blending in wherever he went. It was a historic run—and now that it's over, he might just pull off the greatest escape of all.
A novel isn’t life.
New York Review of Books -- Fear and Literature
Is the novel a space of intense engagement with the world, of risk and adventure? Or is it a place of refuge, of hanging back from life?
Thoughts on the Liberal Party of Canada, are they like Greece and RIM?
Globe and Mail -- What Liberals and RIM shareholders have in common
Research in Motion is a tremendous success story for Canada: A small start-up in Waterloo rises to become the dominant smartphone provider in the world.
Globe and Mail -- As Greece goes, so goes Canada’s Liberal Party?
The failure on Sunday evening of efforts to form a coalition government seriously increases the chances that Greece will default, which in a way only makes things worse for Canada’s Liberals.
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