The best sentences we read today

May 23, 2013

-- "Former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing has revealed he was once jumped on by a panda when he dared himself to enter its cage."

-- "You’d think that a fourteenth-century allegorical poem on sin and redemption, written in a medieval Italian vernacular and in accord with the Scholastic theology of that period, would have been turned over, long ago, to the scholars in the back carrels. But no."

-- "Peeper’s diagnosis meant that, over her lifetime, she would essentially develop a second skeleton."

-- "How wonderfully paradoxical: What helps us break down the final mysteries about prime numbers may be new mathematical ideas that structure the concept of structurelessness itself."

-- "Put this all together and it means the IRS needs tens of thousands of people who are (a) smart, (b) willing to do really tedious work, (c) for moderate wages, (d) while working for a soul-crushing bureaucracy, and (e) being loathed by all right-thinking people. Does this sound to you like a recipe for disaster? Me too."

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Ezra Klein · May 23, 2013