“We tie ourselves in knots when we act as if democracy is good for the United States and Israel but not for the Arab world. For far too long, we’ve treated the Arab world as just an oil field.”

— Nicholas Kristof

The picks of the week from around the web.

  • Good commentary on Egypt and the US from New York Times columnists: Nicholas Kristof on lessons to be taken away from the Egyptian revolution and Bob Herbert reflecting bleakly on American democracy.
  • The Edge Question 2011. An incredible line-up of distinguished scientists, artists, philosophers, etc. give their answers to the question “What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?” I’m only discovering this for myself at the moment — amazing!
  • Richard McGuire’s “Here”. One of the seminal comics short stories of the past thirty years available online. If you’ve never read this you’re in for a treat. Ground zero Chris Ware… (thanks Sean!)
  • Inkstuds’ Robin McConnell interviews Al Columbia. I wasn’t a huge fan of the cartoonist’s cartoonist’s latest Pim & Francie book and generally find him overrated, but this amazingly candid interview is a keeper. (For Alan Moore fans: includes the story of the lost fourth issue of Big Numbers!)
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