Books aren't the only things you can read of course! (Say it ain't so! ;) As we are all reeling from the shock of losing Google Reader, I'm starting a new regular post where I'll recommend nonbook reading selections.

Spoiled Rotten by Elizabeth Kolbert (The New Yorker, July 2 2012): This might be cheating as it's an article in the book section of the New Yorker :) Elizabeth Kolbert explores the spoiled state of American Children.
"With the exception of the imperial offspring of the Ming dynasty and the dauphins of pre-Revolutionary France, contemporary American kids may represent the most indulged young people in the history of the world"
The Power of Negative Thinking by Christian Jarrett (99U): Christian Jarrett questions the power of positive thinking in favor of a more balanced strategy called "mental contrasting."
Gabriele Oettingen’s psychology lab at New York University has shown that visualizing our aims as already achieved can backfire. The positive imagery can be inspiring at first but it also tricks the mind into relaxing, as if the hard work is done. This means the more compelling the mental scene of success, the more likely it is that your energy will seep away.
Little. Yellow. Dangerous by Tom Vanderbilt: Tom Vanderbilt explores why "Children at Play" signs actually imperil our kids.
People clamoring for “Children at Play” signs are often living on residential streets that are inordinately wide, lacking any kind of calming obstacles (from trees to “bulb-outs”), perhaps having unnecessary center-line markings—three factors that will boost vehicle speed more than any sign will lower them.

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