Now Skimming These Articles

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2009 at 10:06 am


Listening to (and Saving) the World’s Languages [NYT]

The chances of overhearing a conversation in Vlashki, a variant of Istro-Romanian, are greater in Queens than in the remote mountain villages in Croatia that immigrants now living in New York left years ago….

In addition to dozens of Native American languages, vulnerable foreign languages that researchers say are spoken in New York include Aramaic, Chaldic and Mandaic from the Semitic family; Bukhari (a Bukharian Jewish language, which has more speakers in Queens than in Uzbekistan or Tajikistan), Chamorro (from the Mariana Islands), Irish Gaelic, Kashubian (from Poland), indigenous Mexican languages, Pennsylvania Dutch, Rhaeto-Romanic (spoken in Switzerland) and Romany (from the Balkans) and Yiddish.

(H/T: Close Read)

Archbishop of Canterbury on Catholic Abuse Scandals [NYT Lede Blog]

I think it’s a lesson we’ve all had to learn the hard way, really, because, I guess that for an awful lot of Christian institutions until fairly recently the default setting, it would be: ‘Got to try and hang on to the institution’s credibility.’ And, well, we’ve learned that that is damaging, it’s wrong, it’s dishonest and it requires that very hard recognition, which ought to be, ought to be natural for the Christian church, based as it is on repentance and honesty, we’ve had to learn well, honesty and truthfulness are the only way in which we can survive in any way as an institution.



In Uncategorized on June 2, 2010 at 11:10 pm

I am, undeniably, an unreliable blogger. But it seems at the moment this place has my attention again.

I’ve updated the links page today–it’s now reorganized and has a few additions. Cleaning it up has inspired me to look for more online examples of global culture that suit me. I’ll see what I can come up with.

To my horror, I have also just created a twitter account (@worldreading) and linked it to the bottom of this blog. I’ll use it to post quick links to articles that catch my attention–a much faster and more useful version of the “Now Skimming” posts.

That’s all for now. More posts soon, perhaps.

The World (Cup)

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 9:31 pm

This is the most magnificent example of global culture. I can’t let it pass without note–I love it.