What we're reading:
Where do childhood memories go?
(Wall Street Journal): Adults rarely remember the earliest years of childhood—a condition called infantile amnesia. New research shows it might have to do with how the experiences are encoded in the brain
Germans, in Confederate gray
(Atlantic): Yoni Appelbaum explores why so many Germans are participating in Civil War re-enactments on the side of the Confederacy
Junot Díaz on what disasters reveal
(Boston Review): "We...must refuse the temptation to look away when confronted with disasters. We must refuse the old stories that tell us to interpret social disasters as natural disasters. We must refuse the familiar scripts of victims and rescuers that focus our energies solely on charity instead of systemic change."
"I respect the role of the critic in the arts, and want to hear their voices, but I am concerned by one thing. Criticise as you will, but be careful not to put off the new audience. Any emerging theatre audience needs to be led to the places where they might drink, have fun and discover that the theatre holds something for them. Don't head them off at the pass. Let the new get started. This work may be for them, not for you."
~ Deborah Warner, director of a new production of "The School for Scandal" responds to critics (Guardian)
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