The best sentences I read this week: vol.4

“It costs approximately $1 million per mile and will bring nothing but humiliation and discomfort to both sides. Like the Berlin Wall, it confirms the moral and institutional bankruptcy of the regime it is intended to protect.”

Israel: The Alternative by Tony Judt

“The ten-thousand-hour research reminds us that ‘the closer psychologists look at the careers of the gifted, the smaller the role innate talent seems to play and the bigger the role preparation seems to play.’ In cognitively demanding fields, there are no naturals.”


“The reward is that it remains the one kind of time travel that works, where you make a wish and actually become a musketeer in Paris or a used-car salesman in Pennsylvania.”

Why Teach English? by Adam Gopnik

“We need the humanities not because they will produce shrewder entrepreneurs or kinder C.E.O.s but because, as that first professor said, they help us enjoy life more and endure it better. The reason we need the humanities is because we’re human. That’s enough.”

Why Teach English? by Adam Gopnik

“The Globe’s readership reportedly dropped 40 per cent after the paywall was put in place.”

Globe Won’t Deliver Labour Day In Most Ironic Thing Ever