The Wednesday Curator – 4/8/15

April 7, 2015

Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse than You Think was written by Nicholas Fitz for Scientific American, and published on March 31. Mr. Fitz identifies three separate studies, each of which helps explain why, collectively, we’re clueless about the divide between rich and poor. Short, easy to read, and important!

And for those who want to delve deeper, here’s Christopher Jencks’ review of Legacies of the War on Poverty, edited by Martha J. Bailey and Sheldon Danziger. The Jencks review was written for the New York Review of Books, and is titled: The War on Poverty: Was it Lost? The review is dense—the book is apparently much denser—and the conclusions are unexpectedly upbeat. Then there’s Thomas Edsall, reviewing the Jencks review for the New York Times on March 25 in How Poor are the Poor?

When I knew how to listen to something through my phone—a skill I lost when I switched from an iPhone to an android—I enjoyed Slate’s Political Gabfest. Here, from April 3, is The “So, Who Can You Discriminate Against?” Edition, featuring Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz. Lots of fun(ny)!

Another college basketball season is over. A week ago Sunday I ran across Portraying Bill Bradley, a Star Who Had a Sense of Where He Was, written by Marc Tracy for the New York Times. It led me to A Sense of Where You Are by John McPhee, published in the New Yorker on January 23, 1965. Mr. Tracy reports on the writing of the McPhee piece, which I read for the first time this past Sunday. It’s a terrific piece or writing about an amazing man! Remember, in reading A Sense of Where You Are, that you don’t know Bill Bradley became an NBA star with the New York Knicks, a U.S. Senator from New Jersey for 18 years, and a candidate for president in 2000.

I did a quick search, and found only three brief references to Calvin Trillin at MRW. Shamed and on notice, here’s Land of the Seven Moles from the December 3, 2012 issue of the New Yorker. And Local Bounty from the New Yorker on January 20, 2003. Both are delightful, as expected.

Finally, from Carly Cooper for Atlanta Magazine last October 30, here’s Holeman & Finch to offer burger on the regular dinner menu starting this Friday. What? So what? Well, Holeman & Finch makes a great burger. (No, I’ve never had one, but the place shows up on every list.) But there were only 24 per night, first come-first served, starting at 10 p.m. Now, you can order one like a regular person.


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