Sugestão de leitura: a reportagem “Escape route — The surprising potential of a prison library“, publicada pelo Boston Globe. Começa assim:
“Every day, for the almost two years I worked as a staff librarian at the Suffolk County House of Correction at South Bay, the pattern was the same: Seconds after they were released from their units, inmates would not walk, they would run — as though catapulted — towards the prison’s library. Many inmates, especially those in a hurry, arrived with some specific order of business. They would grab a book of case law, or they’d check out a newspaper or magazine and take a seat at the library’s long table. They might disappear into the labyrinth of bookshelves. Many would line up to speak with me. They’d pose legal questions, talk about their families and health concerns, describe their spiritual and educational quests. Time and resources were short, and the needs were urgent. The library was a site of activity, of perpetual motion.”
Bom perfil na nova New Yorker: Shigeru Miyamoto, uma das personalidades do mundo dos games mais idolatradas no mundo. Como principal designer de jogos da Nintendo, ele foi responsável pelo nascimento de vários personagens mundialmente conhecidos, entre eles Donkey Kong, Mario e Link (The Legend of Zelda).
Segue o trecho inicial da matéria:
“When Shigeru Miyamoto was a child, he didn’t really have any toys, so he made his own, out of wood and string. He put on performances with homemade puppets and made cartoon flip-books. He pretended that there were magical realms hidden behind the sliding shoji screens in his family’s little house. There was no television. His parents were of modest means but hardly poor. This was in the late nineteen-fifties and early nineteen-sixties, in the rural village of Sonobe, about thirty miles northwest of Kyoto, in a river valley surrounded by wooded mountains. As he got older, he wandered farther afield, on foot or by bike. He explored a bamboo forest behind the town’s ancient Shinto shrine and bushwhacked through the cedars and pines on a small mountain near the junior high school. One day, when he was seven or eight, he came across a hole in the ground. He peered inside and saw nothing but darkness. He came back the next day with a lantern and shimmied through the hole and found himself in a small cavern. He could see that passageways led to other chambers. Over the summer, he kept returning to the cave to marvel at the dance of the shadows on the walls.”
David Goodhart, editor fundador da revista Prospect, escreveu um texto sobre os 15 anos da publicação e selecionou suas 10 matérias favoritas desse período. Segue abaixo, no original:
1. My brother the bomber: Shiv Malik’s piece on Mohammed Sidique Khan, had narrative tension (as he tracked down Khan’s brother) and intelligent analysis of why MSK master-minded 7/7
2. The coming of Shia Iraq: Bartle Bull’s brilliant piece of reportage on the emerging politics of post-invasion Iraq
3. Afghan in the dock: James Fergusson’s sad tale of how an Afghan asylum seeker ended up in Pentonville prison
4. Vanilla Bright Like Eminem: Michel Faber’s beautiful short story
5. The greengrocer’s revenge: Ivan Krastev’s piece on eastern Europe’s new elite and the popular anger about the transition, full of psychological insight
6. The last tiger: Ruth Padel gets inside the mind of a tiger
7. Norman’s conquest: Rowan Moore’s portrait of Norman Foster was a model of tempered hostility
8. Voodoo Chile: Paul Broks on how a brain tumour can look like a mid-life crisis
9. Annus memorabilis: Geoffrey Wheatcroft’s piece about 1997, the meaning of a significant year
10. The science of eternity: Martin Rees’s piece about eternity where science and poetry meet.
Muito legal: uma videogaleria feita para a revista do New York Times com Natalie Portman, James Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Douglas e outros interpretando pequenos papéis. Faz parte das edição especial sobre Hollywood. Fico imaginando o trabalho que deu para produzir tudo isso. Acima, alguns dos atores escolhidos.
Li na @cartadoeditor, da Editora Abril:
“O sistema é meio complicado, mas o resultado vale o esforço. Desde a semana passada, o site do New York Times oferece ferramentas para que a pessoa compartilhe trechos de suas matérias, sem enviar o link do texto integral como acontecia até agora. Podem ser parágrafos ou mesmo frases.
Aparentemente simplória, a novidade traz duas vantagens. A primeira é facilitar a troca informações concisas pela rede. A segunda tem a ver com o paywall que o jornal promete implantar no início de 2011. Ao receber o link com um ‘pedaço’ da matéria, o internauta pode ficar curioso em ler a íntegra. Nada que uma assinatura ou outro tipo de pagamento não resolva.”
A fonte é a The Atlantic (leia mais).