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Book cover for Ethan Frome
They turned in at the gate and passed under the shaded knoll where, enclosed in a low fence, the Frome grave-stones slanted at crazy angles through the snow. Ethan looked at them curiously. For years that quiet company had mocked his ...more
Richard H. Thaler
“You know, at some point people reach an age at which they can no longer be considered ‘promising.’ I think it is about the time they turn forty.”
Richard H. Thaler, Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics

“In fact, attempts to deter substance abuse through drug testing in prisons is actually making this gateway effect more severe. Cannabis and its breakdown products can be detected in urine for weeks, whereas heroin clears from the body much faster. Testing positive for drugs can result in an increase in sentence, so prisoners have found a way to reduce the likelihood of being caught: use heroin instead of cannabis. Far from protecting them, imprisoning cannabis users will make them more likely to start using hard drugs.”
David Nutt, Drugs Without the Hot Air: Minimizing the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs

“Many [Russian] treatment programmes will only treat [patients] for one health problem at a time, forcing them to choose between being treated for their addiction or for their TB. Since drug users' lives are often chaotic anyway, being unable to receive holistic care means that they often move between different treatment programmes, stopping and starting courses of different sorts of medication - exactly the circumstances that cause viruses to mutate. The result is one of the highest rates of multidrug-resistant TB in the world, a hazard to health that extends beyond the users themselves, affecting Russian society at large.”
David Nutt, Drugs Without the Hot Air: Minimizing the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs

Luke Jennings
“I really really don't want to die here, among these criminally ugly furnishings.”
Luke Jennings, Codename Villanelle

Tim Shipman
“The mood music was good as Trump showed his serious side in the closed meeting. A Downing Street source said, "He was on top of any number of quite complex briefs and he'd only been president for a week. That impressed Theresa [May] because she's a details girl.”
Tim Shipman, Fall Out: A Year of Political Mayhem

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