In our part of the world we’re getting our first blast of Arctic cold in a few days, so here is some reading to enjoy by the hearth this weekend – a little travel writing, some politics and a bit of science.
First, enjoy this as you prepare a suitably hearty stew: In honor of Finland’s 100th birthday next Wednesday, the BBC Radio 4 program, Finland at 100. Hyvää syntymäpäivää, Suomi!
And the reading:
The Damascus Journals by Roua Horaieh at The Millions
X marks the self by Thomas Jones at LRB
It’s the Kultur, Stupid by Timothy Garton Ash at NYRB
The secret tricks hidden inside restaurant menus by Richard Gray at BBC
The Nationalist’s Delusion by Adam Serwer at The Atlantic
In Search of the Common Good by Kenan Malik at Pandaemonium
Sukayu Onsen by Justin Nobel at nowheremag.com
What if consciousness is not what drives the human mind by Davis A Oakley at theconversation.com
It looked like this yesterday here on the farm. With fall reading season in full swing, here are a few fine, thought-provoking weekend suggestions:
Exit Eritrea A Visit to ‘Africa’s North Korea’ By Bartholomäus Grill in Spiegel Online.
How did Aaron Banks afford Brexit? by Alastair Sloan in openDemocracy
The End of Empire by Chris Hedges at truthdig.com
The Seventy-Four Best Entries in The Devil’s Dictionary by Anthony Madrid at theparisreview.org
The Crack-Up: Donald Trump and the Fourth Great Shattering By John Feffer at TomDispatch
The truth about Easter Island by Catrine Jarman at theconversation.com
Some unusually fine articles to tease your mind this weekend, along with a little music. I only learned of the Canadian band The Tragically Hip this week on the occasion of the death of lead singer Gord Downie, and I’m at a loss how a band can thrill an entire country for 33 years and 16 albums, become such an institution that their final concert (the public aware of Downie’s terminal illness) was broadcast nationally by the CBC, cause the Canadian prime minister to cry while eulogizing, and yet evade wider recognition down here, across our friendly, relatively open, 2500 kilometers long birder. How does cultural iconography like this not penetrate?
Since I dialed in The Hip, they’ve been on my Spotify nonstop. Maybe I’m the last one to find out about these guys, but by all means, if they have escaped your attention too, go and fix that little situation this weekend with your music streaming service.
And now, on to excellent reading.
Here in the Appalachians we’ll be burning some firewood and reading by the hearth this weekend. Wherever you are, please help yourself to one or two of these.
Thinking Like a Mountain: On Nature Writing by Jedediah Purdy at N + 1
America’s Imperial Unraveling by Ash U. Bali at BostonReview.net
Joni Mitchell: Fear of a Female Genius by Lindsay Zoladz at TheRinger.com
Northern Exposure: Brexit reveals Shetland split by Peter Geoghegan in Politico.eu
Not Britain’s Finest Hour by Denis MacShane in The American Prospect
Here is a selection of fine reading material on which to muse this weekend:
The Fate of Earth by Elizabeth Kolbert in The New Yorker
Russia’s House of Shadows by Joshua Yaffa in The New Yorker
A New History of the First Peoples in the Americas by Adam Rutherford in The Atlantic
Here’s What Would Happen If Donald Trump Nuked North Korea by Greg Fish at Rantt.com
Citizens of anywhere by Matthew Valencia at 1843magazine.com
Ça va un peu by Adam Shatz in the London Review of Books, reviewing Congo: The Epic History of a People by David van Reybrouck
Don’t neglect your reading now, you hear? And here are a few suggestions for some fine weekend reading:
A River of Tears by Nancy Macdonald in Maclean’s
The Volcano that Shrouded the Earth by Gillen D’Arcy Wood at Nautilus.com
The best books for Rethinking Economics at Five Books
The Chinese World Order by Andrew J. Nathan at the New York Review of Books
All Beans, No Tomatoes by Rachel Pieh Jones at thesmartset.com
Here are a few wild and exotic titles to help you head off on a bold reading safari this weekend.
Trollhättan by Andrew Brown in Granta
My Drowning (And Other Inconveniences) by Tim Cahill at Outside Online
Kurds Need A Street: A (Classical) Liberal Case for Kurdistan by Jonah Cohen in Quillette
If It Keeps on Raining by Micah Fields in Oxford American
The Coming Software Apocalypse by James Somers at TheAtlantic.com
The effects of a single terrorist nuclear bomb by Matthew Bunn at thebulletin.org
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