Weekend Reading

Five engaging reads to load up and take along on a picnic:

Albania’s Bunker Problem by Dave Hazzan at Roads and Kingdoms
Border Crossing to Cymru by Chris Morgan at nowheremag.com
Brexit and the Globalization Trilemma by Dani Rodrik at rodrick.typepad.com
Is the Gig Economy Working? by Nathan Heller in The New Yorker
The Annexation of Crimea isn’t Going as Planned by Lily Hyde in Foreign Policy

Weekend Reading

Suggested articles for an absorbing Saturday and Sunday:

This Island Life by Maggie Fergusson in 1843
India’s Silicon Valley Is Dying of Thirst. Your City May Be Next by Samanth Subramanian in Wired
Useful background: Macron’s Win in Context by Jonathan Fenby in Foreign Affairs (register to read for free)
Living Eating and Dreaming Revolution by Catherine Merridale in The New Statesman
Rising high water blues by Peter Coates in the Times Literary Supplement

Book: The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction by Matthew B. Crawford

Weekend Reading

Six intelligent articles for your day off:

Special Experience by Kea Krause in Lapham’s Quarterly
Guilty Men by Claire Berlinski in The American Interest
Surface Noise by Damon Krukowski in Paris Review
The Counter-Enlightenment and the Great Powers – Out of Order by Andrew Small at medium.com
The American Government’s Secret Plan for Surviving the End of the World by Emily Tamkin in Foreign Policy
Triumph of the Thought Leader and the Eclipse of the Public Intellectual by Daniel W. Drezner in the Chronicle of Higher Education. This is way more interesting than it sounds.

Weekend Reading

Load these on your device of choice and enjoy them down by the creek this weekend:

The Geographical Pivot of History by H.J. Mackinder (free download), seminal, much quoted work of geopolitical analysis.
Crimetown USA, the city that fell in love with the mob by David Grann in the New Republic.
The Most Expensive Weapon Ever Built by Daniel Soar in the London Review of Books
The Sense of an Ending by Michelle Legro at Longreads.com
A Wounded Metropolis: London in the Age of Terror and Brexit by Christoph Scheuermann at Spiegel Online

Weekend Reading

Join me in exploring these articles over the weekend, which for a lucky few is three days long. I’ve bumped them over to Instapaper but haven’t finished them all myself. Let’s see where they lead.

Thanks for your participation in yesterday’s photo quiz, and if you haven’t ventured a guess yet, you have until next Thursday to do so. I’ll draw from the correct answers then and send the winner a copy of the audiobook version of Common Sense and Whiskey. We’ll do this Fridays for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile, this is a momentous weekend for the Turks, who go to the polls on Sunday to decide on granting more power to President Reçep Tayyip Erdogan. Opinion leaders can’t decide among themselves which way to lead; either the Turkish President is a badass anti-democratic juggernaut, or a defeat could put him in peril:

Win or Lose on Referendum, Turkey’s Erdoğan Spells Trouble
How Erdogan’s Referendum Gamble Might Backfire

But enough of that for now. On to some articles for your weekend perusal:

Icebergs by George Philip LeBourdais at thepointmag.com
Operation London Bridge: the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death by Sam Knight in The Guardian
A Town Under Trial by Nick Tabor in the Oxford American
Why some infinities are bigger than others by A W Moore in Aron Magazine
The Case For Butterfish by Neal Ascherson at Granta.com


Weekend Reading

Some suggested browsing for the weekend:

Marooned Among the Polar Bears by Justin Nobel in Popular Mechanics
The Friendliest Border by Joshua Kucera in Roads and Kingdoms
The Persistence of Ideology by Theodore Dalrymple in City Journal
The Universe Is as Spooky as Einstein Thought by Natalie Wolchover in The Atlantic
Winston Churchill’s essay on alien life found by Mario Livio in Nature
Grigory Rasputin: full of ecstasy and fire by Stephen Lovell in The Times Literary Supplement

Weekend Reading

Thoughtful articles for quiet time this weekend:

The Strange Blissfulness of Storms by Sarah Scoles at Nautilus.
Garry Kasparov on the Press and Propaganda in Trump’s America in Columbia Journalism Review
Can We Know What Animals Are Thinking by The Economist on Medium
The Return of the Czar by Allen Abel in Macleans
The Big Bang – or the Big Bounce by Sean Carroll at FT.com (free with registration)
A Simpler Life: The Hutterites of Southern Alberta by Camilla Macpherson in Nowhere Magazine