What we’re reading

The New York Times‘ “Where College Graduates Are Choosing to Live” looks at the flipside of the normal post-Brown narrative: move to New York or San Fran, instead focusing on unexpected cities drawing a high percentage of college graduates.

The Blood Harvest” from The Atlantic is the fascinating account of exactly what it sounds like–the harvesting of horseshoe crabs for their blue blood that, due to ameobocytes, can detect even extremely low bacterial contamination. Horseshoe crab blood is used in the LAL test, which every drug certified by the FDA must pass.


The Stradivarius Affair,” from Vanity Fair, explores a low-level street criminal’s bizarre theft of a rare $6 million violin known as the Lipinski from the Milwaukee Symphony.

Is the Affordable Care Act Working?” from The New York Times is a refreshingly apolitical and statistical look at one of the most politically charged debate of the 21st century–Obamacare.

Christian Bale vs. Michael Keaton isn’t the only Batman debate to be had. “The Evolution of The Batman Logo, From 1940 To Today” is an infographic that brings up another important Batman talking point: which iteration of the logo is the best?

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WTF is happening on the Main Green? Blood edition

At about 2:00 this afternoon a group of students wearing anything from red and pink pool tubes to red boots to just red cloth draped over them congregated in Faunce Arch and slowly made their way to the Main Green, dancing, swaying their arms, and screaming every so often. A massive tour group as well as some other Brown students stopped to watch. Many pulled out their camera phones. This continued for about 10 minutes at which time they sort of just dispersed. I think they were supposed to represent blood flowing through the body or something…not quite sure.

— Gili Kliger

Update: This facebook message provides a partial, cryptic explanation:

“1:45 faunce, a celebration of the sanguine, a bloody battle of passion, a passing time you will never forget.

yours in blood,
brown university movement experiments”