FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Friday, December 18, 2015

Weekly Reading: Writing in Italian, the Weirdness of English, Wu-Tang and the Mona Lisa, the Sainthood of Mister Rogers and Prepping for the Next Ebola in West Africa

Teach Yourself Italian For a writer, a foreign language is a new kind of adventure
Such a beautifully written article about language, culture, identity and writing--a piece that will be cherished by every English major.

English is not normal: Why It's So Weirdly Different From Other Languages
Terrific geeky article on the history and eclectic path of the English language.

An interesting idea by RZA...truly turning music into art.  A better execution might have been to sell it to a museum and that way people would have to physically travel to the museum to listen to the album.

‘Pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli bought that exclusive, single-issue Wu-Tang Clan album
So this dude just got arrested on securities fraud--guess he got what he had coming to him.  Guess he can try out his Wu-Tang style in prison, en garde.

Saint Fred
Great little vignette on good old Mister Rogers.

AFRICOM Supports Disaster Preparedness Initiative
Good OSC work being done to consolidate lessons learned from the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

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