Weekend Links

It’s forecast to be a cool, wet weekend in Georgia, and that’s something we don’t usually see in August. So here are a few indoor-weekend items to occupy your time:

– Here is a 600,000 pixel wide panorama from Tokyo Tower by photographer Jeffrey Martin that you can navigate around. You’ll probably spend more time with it than you wish you would.

– This five and a half minute film by Salome and Lukas Augustin makes me want to visit Afghanistan.

The Siberian Times – all about Siberia in English.

I’m always interested in what others are reading, so since Amazon keeps a record, below the fold is a list of what I’ve read – or maybe bought but haven’t gotten to yet – this year:

A Long Walk Home: One Woman’s Story of Kidnap, Hostage, Loss – and Survival by Judith Tebbutt
The Way of the World by Nicolas Bouvier
Fortunes of War: The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning
All the Countries We’ve Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To by Stuart Laycock
The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan
In the Ruins of Empire: The Japanese Surrender and the Battle for Postwar Asia by Ronald Spector
Poland, Solidarity, Walesa by Michael Dobbs
Between Giants: The Battle for the Baltics in World War II by Prit Buttar
Restless Valley: Revolution, Murder, and Intrigue in the Heart of Central Asia by Philip Shishkin
1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War by Charles Emmerson
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson
Let Our Fame Be Great: Journeys Among the Defiant People of the Caucasus by Oliver Bullough
The Last Man in Russia: The Struggle to Save a Dying Nation by Oliver Bullough
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark
Tree of Smoke: A Novel by Denis Johnson
The Good German by Joseph Kanon
Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II by Keith Lowe
The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat by Vali Nasr
Daily Life in Turkmenbashy’s Golden Age by Sam Tranum
Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl by Mary Mycio
Cause and Effect: Understanding Chernobyl By Marianne Barisonek
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don’t by Nate Silver
The Dinner by Herman Koch
The Legacy of Chernobyl by Zhores Medvedev
What It Takes: The Way to the White House by Richard Ben Cramer
In Times of Fading Light: A Novel by Eugen Ruge
The Hansa Towns by Helen Zimmern
Prussian Apocalypse: The Fall of Danzig 1945 by Egbert Kieser
Strike for Freedom! The Story of Lech Walesa and Polish Solidarity by Rafal Brzeski and Robert Eringer
This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking in America’s Gilded Capital by Mark Liebovich
The Queen Of Spades by Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin

More than one fiction book from Jo Nesbo and Eric Ambler

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