tuesday reading list

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education”

~ Albert Einstein

How do you make the already tense relations between Ecuador and Peru worse? How about when the Ecuadorian ambassador to Peru assaults a woman and her daughter in a supermarket in Lima.

Want to feel better about your excessive drinking this summer? Check out Grist’s Guide to Sustainable Ales.

Although Japanese and English seem to have no grammar, sound, or letters in common, linguists now believe that they were once the same language.

What’s in a name? Cash. Money. Quartz shows us how the shorter your first name, the longer the number on your paycheck.

With all of the hoopla about the Gatsby movie coming out, Kathryn Schulz of Vulture lets us know all of the reasons that she hates the book.

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reading list: the best of the sunday times

sunday times

The Sunday Times is the pretentious man’s mass.

Front Page

With Dzhokhar Tsaranev still unconscious, the Times attempts to put the pieces of his past together in the the country’s ongoing investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing.

International

Government red tape and organized crime continue to inhibit proper preservation of Italy biggest historical site, leading Italians and preservationists to fear for the site’s future.

National

Montana’s bars and breweries are at war over an old loophole allowing the breweries to sell beer without a liquor license. So far, the battle has been stopped short in the statehouse.

Arts & Leisure

The story of how a southern boy from Arkansas took his first big heartbreak and turned it into a life of telling local truths through film.

Sunday Business

How a self-starter from Australia went from teaching jazz dance to selling homeopathic medicine to a tech start-up in Santa Cruz to leading on of the US’s premier solar energy companies.

Sunday Review

Swe Win condemns Buddhist monks and politicians in Myanmar for their sectarian leanings, tendencies towards violence and use of Buddhism as a guise for a morally corrupt interior.

A.J. Jacobs, the author of The Year of Living Biblically and other books, muses on (and gives letter grade to) the new age of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) where professors become “simultaneously the most and least accessible teachers in history.”

Travel

Jack Hitt, author of Off the Road, spins a shortened tale of his hike with his daughters on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Magazine

Rosie Schaap lays down the proper way to close down a bar and the importance of the slow, dark drinking and conversation that comes with late-night drinking.

Damien Cave delivers an in-depth look at the piety of those in the Mexican drug cartels.

Book Review

Joseph Luzzi offers a throwback review of Clive James‘ addition to the countless translations of Dante’s Divine Comedy.