The Big Issue : Edition 442
THEBIGISSUE27SEP--10OCT2013 9 "The best sex education that exists is Russian literature. In fact, literature in general. Everything is there, about love and about relationships between sexes." Russia's children's ombudsman, Pavel Astakhov, on his opposition to sex education in schools. Russia has one of the world's fastest-growing HIV rates, but we're not sure on which page of War and Peace you’ll fnd instructions on putting on a condom. From The Guardian (UK). "The gap between what we need from our political leaderships and what one must be to be a politician has never been wider." Dominican-American Pulitzer-winning author Junot Díaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, 2007; This is How You Lose Her, 2012) on the sorry state of politics. But does this mean what we need is growing, or the quality of what we're getting is deteriorating...or both? Discuss. From Salon (US). "I didn't go out and drink in bars, because they were full of assholes like me." Novelist Stephen King, who has been sober for decades, remembers his heavy drinking days as he refects on writing Doctor Sleep, a new sequel to The Shining (1977). From The Guardian (UK). "Oh my God, it's getting worse! Botox makes everybody look like Satan's children." Speaking of horror, Fleetwood Mac lead singer Stevie Nicks admits to having tried Botox injections a few years ago, but says you'd have to tie her down to get her to do it again. From The Telegraph (UK). "In recent decades we as a society have been conducting a play-deprivation experiment with our children... The results, I think, are in. Play deprivation is bad for children. Among other things, it promotes anxiety, depression, suicide, narcissism and loss of creativity It's time to end the experiment." Dr Peter Gray, Research Professor of Psychology at Boston College, USA, on modern society's over- emphasis on structured education and testing, and the loss of time for social and imaginative play in children's lives -- especially when compared to 60 years ago and also to those who were living in hunter-gatherer societies -- and its measurably disastrous outcomes. From Aeon magazine (UK). » Frequently overhear tantalising tidbits? Don't waste them on your friends -- share them with the world at firstname.lastname@example.org.