Elsewhere for December 4, 2016

You should read this for 12/4/2016: Water not war, Pepper nuts, scraps of poetry and authenticity (or the lack thereof) online

Secretary of State contender Petraeus knowingly leaked secrets to his biographer and lied to FBI “Retired Army general David Petraeus, who stepped down as CIA chief amid the scandal of an extramarital affair and pleaded guilty to divulging classified information, has emerged as a top contender as secretary of State in the incoming Trump administration.”

Ursula Le Guin on the 2016 Election “In the atmosphere of fear, anger, and hatred, opposition too easily becomes division, fixed enmity. I’m looking for a place to stand, or a way to go, where the behavior of those I oppose will not control my behavior.”

Mark Peters muses in The Boston Globe about Slang — language at our most human And the online arrival of Green’s Dictionary of Slang.

Via The New Yorker, Dan Chiasson on Emily Dickinson’s Singular Scrap Poetry “On letters, envelopes, and chocolate wrappers, the poet wrote lines that transcend the printed page.” Thanks to Amherst College, you can see digital images of Dickinson’s “scraps” as she wrote them at the Emily Dickinson Archive.

President Obama’s final Rolling Stone interview, the day after election 2016.

From Gizmodo.com Reddit Is Tearing Itself Apart “For the past 11 years, an eternity in internet time, Reddit has touted itself—repeatedly, and loudly — as the place to have “authentic conversations” online. For a variety of reasons, that sentiment has always rang hollow. Now, Reddit, in its goal to be a laissez-faire haven of (relatively) free expression, has been overrun by nationalist trolls. Its staff of volunteer moderators is losing hope in the site’s future.”

NPR on Unlocking Dyslexia: A Special Series This is some of the best and most thoughtful coverage of dyslexia, its possible causes, coping mechanisms, and what it’s like to move through a sea of text with dyslexia as a pilot.

Via The Joy of Cooking, German pfefferneuse, “pepper nuts,” a traditional spiced cookie that many of us strongly associate with Christmas.

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