"Bobby Ghosh explains where to find the moderate Muslim majority: on the internet. “More recently, social media have served as a platform from which Muslims can reject the nihilistic worldview of Islamist fundamentalists and terrorist groups. The rise of the death cult known as ISIL has been greeted with a chorus of condemnation, growing louder with the group’s recent atrocities in Iraq.”"
"Who will win the streaming music wars? Will Spotify beat Pandora? Will Deezer surge ahead? Or will they all be swallowed up or steamrollered by a loss-leading music division of Apple, Amazon or Google? John McDuling examines the dynamics of a fragmented industry where only one or two big winners are likely to remain."
"How to deal with opera’s inherent racism. A recent Seattle production of The Mikado is eliciting anger over “yellowface,” meaning white performers made up to look Japanese. Gwynn Guilford explores the history of the ethnic parodies that underpin many operas—and some ideas about how directors can treat them in a more modern way."
"« Quand rien ne semble aider, je regarde un tailleur de pierre qui frappe une pierre peut-être cent fois sans qu’aucune marque n’apparaisse sur la pierre. Et puis, au 101e coup, elle se fend en deux et je sais que ce n’est pas le dernier coup qui a tout fait, mais tous ceux d’avant »."
"“[I] have to create an atmosphere where … my cabinet and staff can challenge me and challenge what we think we’re gonna do,” Emanuel says."
— Why Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wants You To Disagree With Him
Conventionally, the most common way of gauging the most popular books in America has been looking at the New York Times’ bestsellers list.
But as we shift from reading on paper to screens, there’s an interesting new option: Amazon’s lists of the most-highlighted passages and most-highlighted books on Kindles around the world.
highlights reveal not just what books are read, but what part of books are read
— 7 things the most-highlighted Kindle passages tell us about American readers