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From this past Sunday's NYT Book Review:


"The genius of you Americans," the Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser teasingly told a senior C.I.A. official, Miles A. Copeland Jr., in the late 1950s, "is that you never made clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves."





From the In-2014-I-Plan-to-Fry-More-Tofu Department, via the NYT's Mark Bittman:


That "good" news you may have read last week about the Food and Drug Administration's curbing antibiotics in animal feed may not be so good after all. In fact, it appears that the F.D.A. has once again refused to do all it could to protect public health.


[On a related note: How to Make Tofu Really Freaking Delicious. I tried this a couple of weeks ago and the salt soak indeed seemed to help things along.]




The survival time of chocolates on hospital wards: covert observational study. The responses are also a treat.

The Goldilocks Guide to Caramels [that sound of hammer meeting sheet glass accidental toffee this morning? Yep, that was me on my front porch...]
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In spite of the drama implied by the subject line, it's pretty quiet here at the moment. (Quiet = the chattering of birds, the hum of the fridge, the tap of my fingers against the keyboard, the reverb of kid + car noise from the school down the block...). I've got work to get to, plus dinner with friends across town, but it being Monday, there was first the Talking Library broadcast...

Nashville Talking Library habit: November 5

...and then a presentation over at Vanderbilt on various medical center initiatives. For me, the most interesting stats were the current cost of providing care to uninsured patients (.5 billion dollars/year, for a thousand-bed system) and the reduction in cases of VAP (ventilator-associated pneumonia), especially compared to national averages.

Down the street from the hospital, Retropolitan is closing/moving because its building is about to be demolished. I'm glad I got to meander around the current incarnation with Mary and her sister when they were here in March, admiring felt vines and other whimsies.

Poetry-wise, I got two more submissions out the (electronic) door and posted on May Sarton's "All Souls" poems over at [community profile] poetree.

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