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#10Readings – May 15, 2016

In Art, Books, Chicago, Education, Events, Film, History, literature, music, news, University of Chicago on May 15, 2016 at 10:37 pm

Things I have Written

  1. Amplify Arts Conference | Voices UChicago
  2. 4 Events from 3rd Week | Voices UChicago

Books Recently Read (& Recommended)

3. The Big Short by Michael Lewis | The Financial System.  Run by honest geniuses.  Best of The Best.

4. Death from the Skies by Philip Plaitt | Clear Science Writing.  Lot of things to (not) worry about.

Found on the Internet

5. How Illinois Pays For Public Schools, $9,794 Vs. $28,639 | WBEZ |  unconscionable.

6. 2016: Age Of The On-Screen Black Superhero | Two years before #BlackPanther

7. Heads Up: More F-Bombs Being Dropped in Public, New Research Shows | It’s not just me.

8. ‘Normal America’ Is Not A Small Town Of White People | Demographics are changing, even if perceptions lag behind.

9. Columbia is first U.S. university to divest from prisons | Divestment movements remain a viable method to advance moral arguments

10. Oral history: Prince’s life, as told by the people who knew him best | One of many good stories about Prince published after his passing




In Film on January 29, 2012 at 10:16 am

MoneyballI have to admit that I liked “Moneyball” much more than I thought I would.  Well worth-watching!

As a baseball fan, I’d have liked Hudson-Mulder-Zito to have gotten more credit for the A’s success during both seasons (and either Beane or his scouts to have gotten credit for drafting them).

Michael Lewis’s book is also still worth-reading, but as the conventional wisdom in baseball continuously adopts (and refines) more of the Bill James / sabermetric point of view, I wonder how dated Moneyball will feel to a contemporary reader.