Sunday Links: December 8th, 2013



Every Sunday, we will be posting a collection of links to different articles from around the internet. At best, we’re hoping this series exposes you to some new sites, news sources, or perspectives. At the very least, we hope it provides you with a good procrastination tool.

In this New Yorker article, John Cassidy discusses Pope Francis’ critical stance against global capitalism. Read it here.



In an interview about his new, fascinating movie “Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?,” director Michael Gondry discusses what it was like to sit down with famed linguist, political voice, and MIT professor Noam Chomsky. Watch the video or read the transcript here.


For something drier, though equally significant and perhaps more substantive, read this August study published at TheScienceMag.Org about the poverty trap and the development of cognitive function. Click here to visit the site.


In a brief blog post, Tom Jackson of The Sandusky Register posts two brief observations from the late thinker Christopher Hitchens, and journalist and commentator Glenn Greenwald on the death of Nelson Mandela.


Because economic theory isn’t always exactly the most lively of topics, here’s a comic outlining the basic principles of Adam Smith’s economic philosophies.


Sophie Pinkham of the magazine n+1, discusses the political turmoil in Ukraine, its relationship with Russia, and the role of the EU in the politics of the continent. It is truly an excellent read, and you can find it here.


Though her tone is, in many ways, what we here at The Tally are trying to resist, writer Natasha Lennard makes a salient point in her Salon article about the importance of acknowledging Nelson Mandela’s nuanced relationship with violence as a revolutionary and political leader. You can check it out here.


Be sure to read this great piece by David Ulin over at The Paris Review, discussing his early years as a novelist and the difficulties of writing one’s first book.  


A short piece and interview with Carl Hart, a Columbia neuropsychopharmacologist who’s doing work to overturn the last thirty years of thinking about drugs in America.


Though the article is almost a year old, here’s a still very valuable and illuminating read about the production of iPad’s and workers in China.

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