Read — 2014/09/07

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Scotland’s decision“, by Allan Little (BBC News). An historical look at the road to the Scottish independence referendum, to be held Thursday, 18 September 2014. (In addition to learning about Scottish devolution and other politics, the reader is also treated to fun words like “kith” and “scunnered”, and video clips featuring outfits from the 70’s. For more, visit the Scottish and English sites for the referendum.)
  2. Outlook: gloomy“, by Jacob Burak (Aeon). An exploration of humans’ negativity bias, how it affects modern life, and how we might control it.
  3. Why are today’s concert pianists so boring?“, by Martin Kettle (The Guardian, 2002 Sep 05). Kettle argues that the piano’s heydey is over, its artists disconnected from the past, its repertoire starved from modern infusions.