May you find solace from the winds somewhere cozy and dry, where you can click through and enjoy this fine selection of weekend reading:
Cleaving to the Medieval, Journeymen Ply Their Trades in Europe by Melissa Eddy in the New York Times
The Fifteenth Century is the Most Interesting Century by Medieval Indonesia on Medium
Threads in the Tapestry of Physics by Sheldon Lee Glashow at inference.com
Going Nowhere by Daniel Judt in The Point Magazine
Bulgaria’s post-1989 demostalgie by Elitza Stanoeva in Eurozine
Once upon a time in 1989 by Slavenka Drakulic in Eurozine
And a book that compliments both these last two articles is Border, a Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova, which I’ve just cracked open this week but which looks most promising.
Here is a celebration of interesting reading for the American holiday weekend:
A series on Why We Travel by Pico Iyer at picoiyerjourneys.com
The Hateful Monk by Gavin Jacobson in the New York Review of Books online
Why Germans Are So Ambivalent About Russia by Daniel Tost at global.handelsblatt.com
How Much More Can We Learn About the Universe by Lawrence M. Krauss in Nautilus
Borderline Insanity: What Does Brexit Mean for Northern Ireland by Jörg Schindler in Spiegel
Glossing Africa by Namwali Serpell in the New York Review of Books online
Plus two most recommendable short fiction books from international authors which will serve you well if you’re lucky enough to have a third day this weekend:
From Norway, The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen, and
From Sri Lanka, The Story of a Brief Marriage: A Novel by Anuk Arudpragasam
Articles I’ve enjoyed this week. Load them on your mobile device and enjoy them at the beach.
A Swap for Zanzibar by Neal Ascherson in the London Review of Books
The Paradox of the Elephant Brain by Suzana Herculano-Houzel at mitp.nautil.us
The Origin Story of Animals Is a Song of Ice and Fire by Ed Yong at theatlantic.com
Once upon a time in 1989 by Slavenka Drakulić at eurozine.com
What to Expect When You’re Expecting Zapad 2017 by Michael Kofman at War on the Rocks
Understanding Moscow: The Mysteries of the Russian Mindset by Christian Neef at Spiegel
This Pacific Island Is Caught in a Global Power Struggle (And It’s Not Guam) by Daniel Lin at nationalgeographic.com
By the time this post goes up I’ll have pulled back from the internet in part for some longer form reading, but mostly for sausage grilling, beer drinking, bonfire-making and swimming in Lake Saima in Southern Savonia, Finland. Meanwhile, I leave you with a few intelligent articles to enjoy:
Down on the border. One day on the Canada-U.S. line by Jason Markusoff, Nancy Macdonald, Aaron Hutchins and Meagan Campbell in Maclean’s.
Turkey’s Hidden Past by Christopher de Bellaigue in the New York Review of Books
Russians in Estonia by Cody L. Zilhaver at thestretegybridge.org
The Time of Our Lives by Raymond Tallis at thenewatlantis.com
Now to Stride into the Sunlight by Ian Jack in the London Review of Books
All week I’ve been staring at a stack of too many books to fit in my bag. Two or three of these will make the final cut:
Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys across a Changing Russia by Lisa Dickey
The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold: Adventures Riding the Iron Curtain by Tim Moore
Congo: The Epic History of a People by David Van Reybrouck
Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War by Lynne Olson
Lenin on the Train by Catherine Merridale
and as for page turners, at least one of:
The Dogs of War by Frederick Forsyth
The second book in the Faroe Islands trilogy, The Killing Bay by Chris Ould
The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen
The Good People by Hannah Kent, imported in advance all the way from Australia
Do you have any suggestions? What must-read am I missing?
If you’re stuck where it’s hot, may I suggest for your summer reading the cooling goodness of my own book, Out in the Cold?
CS&W the blog will probably be mostly quiet for the next couple of weeks. For now, kippis!
It’s a long weekend for many here in the USA, so here’s a whole batch of articles to take with you to the pool.
The Lunar Sea by Ferris Jabr in Hakai Magazine
The Rise of the Thought Leader by David Sessions in the New Republic
The New Working Class by Gabriel Winant in Dissent
Amazon Robots Poised to Revamp How Whole Foods Runs Warehouses by Spencer Soper at Bloomberg.com
The deal that’s destroying Russia’s roads at meduza.io
Trump and the Trumpists by Wolfgang Streeck at inference-review.com
When Pedestrians Ruled the Streets by Clive Thompson at Smithsonian
Paying a Price for 8 Days of Flying in America by Sarah Lyall in the New York Times