My longer form, weekend reading material to kick off your vacations:

• The Rhyme of History: Lessons of the Great War (Brookings Essay)
• The Day Google Had to ‘Start Over’ on Android (The Atlantic)
• One Country Saved Its Jews. Were They Just Better People? (New Republic)
• Drugs Will Kill Your Friends (The Atlantic) see also Heroin, LLC (Chicago Reader)
• Placebo-philes (Anxious Machine)
• What Anesthesia Can Teach Us About Consciousness (NY Times)
• Paul Goldberger on Starchitect-Designed Company Headquarters in Silicon Valley (Vanity Fair)
• When Lenders Sue, Quick Cash Can Turn Into a Lifetime of Debt (ProPublica)
• Glitch in the Afterlife (BoingBoing)
• Did Hipster Tech Really Save the Obama Campaign? (Wired)

What’s up for the holidays?


Gold was the worst trade of 2013
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6 Responses to “10 Weekend Reads”

  1. Bob is still unemployed   says:

    Meet the Coolest Mayor in the World (messynessychic)

    No, it’s not the mayor of Toronto. :)

    Meet Jon Gnarr, mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland’s largest (and coolest) city.

    … in 2009, to poke fun at the establishment, Jon and a few of his industry buddies, with zero experience in politics, formed a party called “The Best Party”.

    Since all the other political parties were secretly corrupt, the Best Party declared they would be openly corrupt and admitted they would not keep any of their promises made pre-election which included, “free towels in all swimming pools, a new Disneyland, a drug-free Parliament by 2020 and a polar bear for the Reykjavík zoo”…..

  2. swag says:

    David Denby doesn’t much care for “The Wolf of Wall Street”

    “But the entire movie feels manic and forced, as though Scorsese is straining to make the craziest, most over-the-top picture ever—as if he is determined, at seventy-one, to outdo his earlier triumphs, “Raging Bull” and “GoodFellas,” and to show that he’s still the king. Put crudely, this is his attempt to out-Tarantino Tarantino.”

    Is it odd that the New Yorker put the author of “American Sucker” on this movie? Anthony Lane would have probably been meaner.

  3. ilsm says:

    Consciousness. In 2005 I had a period of “awareness” during a ‘same day surgery’ repair of a rupture in my abdominal wall. I went back under seemingly fairly quickly, I think the anesthetist saw eye movement. I asked the surgeon during the follow up and she was aware of the event.

    I have had surgery since that event at a different facility and did not repeat the experience.

  4. > The Rhyme of History: Lessons of the Great War (Brookings Essay)

    I thought this a particularly interesting batch of reads. Margaret MacMillan’s essay is available on Kindle, also her related title, “The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914.”

  5. Tim says:

    Exceptionally good collection of articles this weekend Barry. Thank you! Applause everybody!