Preview: London Review Of Books – Nov 17, 2022

London Review of Books (LRB) – November 17, 2022:

In the Photic Zone: Flower Animals

Life on the Rocks by Juli Berwald.

While there are many different sorts of Anthozoa, their basic unit is a polyp: an individual soft flower-animal similar to an anemone. While anemones are solitary, in corals these polyps band together to form colonies. As they grow, they build a skeleton of limestone around themselves, drawing calcium and carbon molecules from the seawater. They also draw in carbon dioxide to feed their resident algae. Over time these skeletons accumulate upwards and outwards. Corals build on their predecessors, leaving their own legacy behind them for the next generation. Reefs are, in part, the frozen exuberant bouquets of the past.


Green Energy: Boosting U.S. Offshore Wind Power

Financial Times – Wind power is the number one source of renewable energy in the US, but nearly all this stems from onshore wind. The US offshore wind industry is underdeveloped and, with only two small offshore operations to date, it lags far behind Europe and China by comparison. The FT’s Derek Brower looks at why progress is slow, and what the White House is trying to do about it.

Previews: The New Yorker Magazine – Nov 14, 2022


The New Yorker – Inside the November 14, 2022 Issue:

The Case Against the Twitter Apology

A man making a note from paper scraps spelling out "Sorry."

Our twenty-first-century culture of performed remorse has become a sorry spectacle.

Emma Thompson’s Third Act

A series of portraits of Emma Thompson, photographed by Chris Levine.

The actress and screenwriter takes on a musical.

Do We Have the History of Native Americans Backward?

A portrait of Thayendanegea, painted in London, in 1785, by Gilbert Stuart.

They dominated far longer than they were dominated, and, a new book contends, shaped the United States in profound ways.

Analysis: Climate Policy Is Off Target, Qatar’s World Cup, Worries About Exams

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, climate policy is off target, (10:40) Qatar’s World Cup isn’t quite over the goal line and (18:35) why do people who worry about exams do worse?

Front Page: The New York Times – November 7, 2022


Confidence, Anxiety and a Scramble for Votes Two Days Before the Midterms

As candidates made their closing arguments on Sunday, Democrats braced for potential losses even in traditionally blue corners of the country while Republicans predicted a red wave.

As Midterms Near, Biden Faces a Nation as Polarized as Ever

President Biden had hoped to preside over a moment of reconciliation after the turmoil of the Trump years. But the fever of polarizing politics has not broken ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Trump-DeSantis Rift Grows, With Dueling Rallies in Florida

The Republican Party’s top two stars are campaigning, separately, in the midterms’ last days.