What we're reading:

From Turkey, with love (New York Times): Turkish soap operas sweep the arab world

Bad adaptation (Culture Vulture): As sequels and prequels fail, Hollywood looks for fresh material

Picture-taking in perspective (New Scientist): New wide-angle camera lens shoots in perspective, thanks to 18th-century painters

Postcards from Soweto (New Yorker): A slideshow of youth style in South Africa

Today's quote:
"I tend to get grumpy about modern psychology on two counts: It is besotted with Darwin, and it defines the social universe in terms of what is readily measured. The focus on natural selection creates a temptation to conclude that what ever it is (e.g., depression) is good, because it has survived."

~ Peter D. Kramer, "How Pleasure Works" (Slate)

(Via The Economist)


Picture credit: Mike Licht,