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Brijit Index for 27 Nov 2007

In Brijit Index on Tuesday, 27 November 2007 at 12:07

More soon as we get this blog ramped up, but for now, here’s this week’s Brijit Index.

1 The Amazing Albatrosses by Kennedy Warne, Smithsonian, September 2007 — Warne reports on these magnificent animals and the threats to their survival, and profiles members of the scientific community who are studying the birds, and the difficulty of studying a species that literally travels around the world.

2 America’s Water War by Tom Englehardt, Salon, 19 Nov 2007 — What if we run out of water? Engelhardt suggests that the government and media largely have ignored the issue, and he warns of a potential era of resource wars. His thorough research fleshes out this urgent, underreported aspect of climate change.

3 We’ll Still Respect You in the Morning, A.V. Club, 19 Nov 2007 — This piece chronicles movie stars who aren’t afraid to put it out there in the name of art. With comments selected from the Celebrity Nudity Database (think IMDB for skin), the actors are rated not so much for physical appearance and appeal as they are for their ballsiness, so to speak.

4 Bethlehem 2007 AD by Michael Finkel, National Geographic, December 2007

5 Master of the Killer Ants, Nova, 20 Nov 2007

6 Butcher’s Method Takes Carving Off the Table by Julia Moskin, The New York Times, 21 Nov 2007

7 Chairlifts Are for Sissies by Josh Dean, The New York Times Magazine, 27 Oct 2007

8 Naughty or Nice by Calvin Tompkins, The New Yorker, 19 Nov 2007

9 Good-bye to All That by Corey Seymour, Men’s Vogue, December 2007

10 Making Carbon Markets Work by Victor & Cullenward, Scientific American, December 2007

Brijit Index for 15 Nov 2007

In Brijit Index on Thursday, 15 November 2007 at 15:40

We introduced the Brijit Index before we actually launched this blog. The Brijit Index is a weekly report on the most popular print, broadcast and online features from, culled from more than 75 of the world’s best and most trusted sources.

The Brijit Index reflects the choices of Brijit’s growing community of smart readers and writers, and spotlights the most popular pieces from the past seven days. We believe the Brijit Index will serve as a unique indicator of the issues, ideas, and stories capturing the imagination of a particularly well-read and well-informed community. This weekly report also reinforces the benefits Brijit delivers – for busy people who appreciate quality journalism, for the writers who review these pieces, and for the content producers who want to extend their reach to new and larger audiences online.

1 What Teen Girls Are Made Of by Carey Dunne et al, Salon, 7 Nov 2007 — Salon excerpts four pieces from Red, a new anthology of short stories and essays written entirely by teenage girls. While the title could indicate a stream of boo-hoo MySpace rants and “LOL”s, what follows is a series of universal accounts related with funny, morbid, and even obsessive inner monologue.

2 Lost in Translation: 20 Good Books Made Into Not-So-Good Movies, A.V. Club, 5 Nov 2007 — Hundreds of titles could adorn this list of page-to-screen flops, and the A.V. Club falters in undertaking such a daunting task. They include some legendary duds, but the misses outweigh the hits. For example, The Grinch makes the cut instead of the more repulsive Cat in the Hat.

3 Chairlifts Are for Sissies by Josh Dean, The New York Times Magazine, 28 Oct 2007 — This article focuses on the sport of heliboarding, in which snowboarders can explore entire mountain ranges via helicopter. Dean details his first experience in the snowy realm and inspires confidence as his initial apprehension fades and he rides with relative ease and comfort.

4 Waterboarding Is Not Simulated Drowning — It Is Drowning by Malcolm Nance, Salon, 9 Nov 2007

5 Unconventional Crude by Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 12 Nov 2007

6 5 Myths About Art, Age and Genius by David Galenson, The Washington Post ‘Outlook’, 11 Nov 2007

7 If You Film It…: 21 Good Books That Need to be Great Films, Like Now, A.V. Club, 7 Nov 2007

8 Battle Of The Bushes by Craig Unger, Salon, 7 Nov 2007

9 The New Financial Heavyweights by Jack Ewing, BusinessWeek, 12 Nov 2007

10 10 Questions for Anthony Bourdain by Nathan Thornburgh, Time, 12 Nov 2007