Oh, this was a treat.
While conducting research for my book about Thomas Friedman, I had the pleasure of reading 17 years’ worth of biweekly dispatches from the three-time Pulitzer recipient. For the benefit of those who may lead more fulfilling lives, I’ve composed a brief list of lesser-known Friedmanian insights and policy prescriptions.
6. Massacres of Muslims are a sign of freedom. (You have to read this for yourself.)
9. Karl Marx knew the world was flat. (No kidding.)
10. In addition to being part of a neocon strategy and anti-liberal, the Iraq war was the most radical-liberal revolutionary war the U.S. has ever launched. It had nothing, a little bit and everything to do with oil.
Filed under: Not surprised. Also filed under: Reasons why Friedman should never be consulted for opinion on the Middle East or South Asia, let alone matters of the Muslim world.
Earlier this week, CNN reported on a new social networking site called Invite for a Bite. The concept is to match women with platonic lunch or dinner partners so that we can avoid the shame and loneliness of eating alone. Except, some of us love eating alone. My preference is to bring along a book or an iPhone’s worth of Instapapered articles, but even when eavesdropping is the only entertainment on offer, I still consider eating alone to be one of life’s greatest pleasures (topped only by solitary cinema visits).
For an introvert like me, the site promotes the idea that hanging out with a random stranger (or several) is fun. It’s not that I’m against making friends, but compulsory small talk is torturous. And I’ve been cornered by enough strangers in cafes, shops and on public transport to get an idea of how the British public thinks.
Diane Shipley on eating alone: nuthin’ wrong with that! Is this something you enjoy?
You are my favorite person in the world.
I am flying to Bahhhhston on Saturday morning and then I’ll be driving to Pittsfield to spend the weekend with her hooray