Weekend, 10/20-21/18

Not exercising worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease

12 Authors Write About the Libraries They Love. …I’m guessing a study would prove readers live longer. And are happier. That’s me. It’s a sure bet I’m happier after a visit to the library, usually every other week, with 8-10 books checked out. …Why do women read more? …Got a relative about my age, witty, wealthy, graduate of a major university. Every time I see him, about every few years, he says aloud and in a group, “I don’t understand why you people read books.”

Smithsonian: Growing Up Surrounded by Books Could Have Powerful, Lasting Effect on the Mind

Icelanders bought 47% fewer books in 2017 than they did in 2010. Que pasa? …BTW, I want to go to Iceland.

Hug It Out

Dick Fosbury statue revealed.

Alex Hutchinson: The Most Valuable Training Data Is Surprisingly Simple

Jen A. Miller/NYT: Running

Michael Lewis on The Library Book. About the fire at the Central Library in Los Angeles. And more. If living in the area, you really must go there. Take the train! Walk the city. Lunch at the Biltmore. Drinks or dinner at the revolving restaurant, 34th floor, Westin Bonaventure. …In 1960, the Dems had their convention in Los Angeles, staying at the Biltmore. I went down there with a buddy, visiting the candidates’ proselytizing suites on the main floor, pretending we gave a damn. The Adlai Stevenson people were especially nutty, and strongly urged us to join them at the convention hall, Sports Arena, to scream for Adlai. We didn’t bite. Wish we had. That would have been a fun memory.

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