* Francine Prose: “Commerce, fantasy, fetishism: Should we care about fashion?” For a long time I answered no but increasingly I now answer yes. Note especially how she points to the paucity of literary descriptions of fashion, which I have long been blind to.
* Travel is much more boring and aggravating than people give it credit for.
* CDC: Many U.S. Girls Not Getting HPV Vaccine Despite Its Effectiveness.
* Is it modern art or a four year old’s drawing?
* “A bachelor’s degree could cost $10,000 — total. Here’s how.” The short version is, “Unbundling.” I think we are going to see some version of this tried in various places.
* Average Is Over—if We Want It to Be.
* There are few if any new and interesting things to say about Shakespeare.
* Which Job Skills Will Be Most Important In The Coming Years?
* “Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?” As an alternate explanation, see Philip Greenspun, “Women in Science.”
* What we eat affects everything.
* If You Aren’t Technical, Get Technical. One could also replace “technical” with “literate,” although “technical” certainly has more immediate financial returns.