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Posted by Josh Rothman  February 3, 2011 10:35 AM

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— In City Journal, Theodore Dalrymple reviews Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All, by Paul Offit. Dalrymple: "If progress in preventive medicine has been remarkable, so in its own way has been the persistence of prescientific and even anti-scientific thought in modern society."

Will Oldham interviews R. Kelly. Kelly, on performing at the World Cup: "You ever see the movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [1931], where all of the electricity is just going into one body? That’s what I felt like. I felt like all of that love, all of that energy, and the sprit of Africa was being shot into me through the vuvuzelas, like I was a son of Africa. There’s just no other way to describe it, man."

— Jonah Lehrer in Wired on an MIT statistician and his method for "Cracking the Scratch Lottery Code."

How linen is made, on Vimeo. And another, less commercial film shows how wool is sheared, washed, and spun.

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Guest blogger Ruth Graham is a freelance journalist in New Hampshire, and a frequent Ideas contributor. She is a former features editor for the New York Sun, and has written for publications including Slate and the Wall Street Journal.

Joshua Rothman is a graduate student and Teaching Fellow in the Harvard English department, and an Instructor in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He teaches novels and political writing.


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