March 19, 2014

A few miscellaneous links

Hotel hermit got $17M to make way for 15 Central Park West

Stepping-stones to safety: A family flees Syria's war - and finds refuge in Italy's islands  When war demands you flee, the Italian government  mobilizes to save your life.

Ron Suskind writes in the NYT Magazine Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney

He giggles under his breath, then does a little shoulder roll, something he does when a jolt of emotion runs through him. “You know, they’re not like the other sidekicks.”

He has jumped ahead of me again. I scramble. “No? How?”

“All the other sidekicks live within their movies as characters, walk around, do things. The gargoyles only live when Quasimodo is alone with them.”

“And why’s that?”

“Because he breathes life into them. They only live in his imagination.”

Everything goes still. “What’s that mean, buddy?”

He purses his lips and smiles, chin out, as if he got caught in a game of chess. But maybe he wanted to. “It means the answers are inside of him,” he says.

“Then why did he need the gargoyles?”

“He needed to breathe life into them so he could talk to himself. It’s the only way he could find out who he was.”

“You know anyone else like that?”

“Me.” He laughs a sweet, little laugh, soft and deep. And then there’s a long pause.

“But it can get so lonely, talking to yourself,” my son Owen finally says. “You have to live in the world.”

Neoneocon, The bell tolls not just for D’Souza

Thomas Lifson on Culture of corruption in federal bureaucracy

Theodore Dalrymple, Wicked, Wicked Heroin Addiction is a matter of persistence, not fate.

Posted by Jill Fallon at March 19, 2014 12:48 PM | Permalink