The Best of the Sunday Times

sunday times

“With Larry, my wife always says that it’s hard to be happy if you want to have the most money because you’ll never have the most money. He’s kind of been going about his life just on the basis of ‘who knows what’s going to come next?’ and just sort of maximizing his experiences, given the opportunities in front of him.”

~ Jeremy I. Bulow,

economics professor at Stanford,

friend and co-author of academic

papers with Larry Summers

Front Page
Larry Summers‘ tireless pursuit of wealth and influence, his Wall Street ties, and his general depth of both knowledge and experience are both an asset and a liability.

International
The Andean Yawar Fiesta, or Blood Festival, sees the tying of a angry condor to the back of an enraged bull.

National
Two high-profile, high-damage oil spills in Michigan and Arkansas call into question the wisdom of implementing the Keystone XL.

Fmr. Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) and Robert Redford clash with the Navajo nation on the place of horse slaughter in cultures past and in the nation’s future.

Arts & Leisure
Famous for her desert depictions, Georgia O’Keefe also kept some greens on her pallet.

Sunday Business
What happens when tumblr sells for 1.1 billion and the Boston Globe slips away for a fraction of that? New world. New media. New math.

Sunday Review
Maureen Dowd on Obama’s increasingly embroiled positions and Hillary’s parallel rise in absentia.

Travel
There is a masochistic luxury to walking through the inhospitable swamp of the Florida Everglades.

Magazine
Five years later, the US financial system looks disturbingly like it did in pre-recession. Did we waste our economic woe without restructuring a faulty system?

Book Review
The Village, a Novel by Nikita Lalwani, depicts a BBC film crew’s difficulties in capturing the life of an Indian prison village.

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wednesday reading list

“It is time to bring Mitch McConnell home. You know, after 30 years of obstruction and 30 years of do-nothing in the United States Senate, we need somebody up there that is going to represent Kentucky.”

~ Gov. Steve Beshear (D-KY)

The world’s top carbon polluters have accidentally decreased emissions to save money. The market has spoken.

After failing miserably thus far to appear either moral or powerful in Syria, maybe the US should take some tips from the Russians.

Rappers spit like the have a lot more in the bank than they do. The Young Money of Nikki Minaj and Lil Wayne doesn’t stand up to the Old Money of Jay Z, Diddy, or Dre.

Did Amanda Bynes really throw that bong out the window? You’ll have to wait until September to know for sure.

Louisville son, Matthew Barzun, has officially been named US ambassador to Great Britain.

friday reading list

“God helps those who help themselves.”

~ Algernon Sydney

(not the Bible or Benjamin Franklin)

Martin Luther King Jr. had Malcolm X and the Dailai Lama has Ashin Wirathu, the charismatic and militant monk.

Whether it’s convenient for President Dilma Rouseff or not, more than one million people in more than eighty cities are protesting in a Brazilian awakening.

While China proves that totalitarianism is an environmentalist’s ideal system by threatening to execute its worst polluters, the United State of Virginia attempting to tax hybrid and electric cars since their owners do not pay their “fair share” of gas taxes.

Is the depthless realm of coffee tables and and public shelving the future of books once content has moved online for good? With this future focus on the book’s binding, is the paperback a thing of the past?

Close on the heels of rising televangelism came the “prosperity gospel.” BBC4 and Andrew Brown discuss the Christian antithesis posing as the church.

friday reading list

“Somebody has to do something, and it’s just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.”

~ Jerry Garcia

In case you didn’t have time to watch Obama’s hour-long speech (video) on the changing War on Terror, best to check out the NYTimes’ coverage of the main points and the Code Pink interruption (video).

According to Russia, Assad has agreed to take part in peace talks with rebels and Russia may withdraw support for the human rights abuse addict.

Sure, it may give us real news in a refreshingly “treats us like adults” way, but isn’t Al Jazeera just the Qatari government trying to get our guard down?

Despite a nuclear threat from a psychotic child savior to its north, South Korea has taken the time to create the world’s most rigorous carbon market. What’s our excuse?

Feeling blue? Treat yourself to some found poetry from the Google search box.

best of the sunday times

Front Page
Get to know Pakistan’s current political and economic situation through the state of its railroads.

International
Hong Kong’s bookstores thrive as Chinese nationals buy mountains of exposés and dirt on the Chinese political elite.

Sunday Review
Thomas Friedman on drought, climate change, and the Syrian Civil War.

Travel
A case for getting away from the city and deep into the heart of nowhere.

Book Review
Ellen Ullman reviews Evgeny Morozov’s tirade against technology and internet centrists who believe that the internet is the answer to an imperfect humanity.

tuesday reading list

“When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.”

                                             ~ William Hazlitt

As the Syrian Civil War sinks deeper into the bloody quagmire realm, cooler heads are finding it difficult to prevail. The Times Editorial staff offer some advice to Obama and the rest of us on proceeding with prudence.

After the Jets dropped Tim Tebow, no other NFL team would touch him. Now, he’s got an offer from the Lingerie Football League.

Any good DCite has been eyeing the Foreign Service exam since they were in the womb. For those who aren’t sure what a Foreign Service job entails, The Art of Manliness offers this interview with a real soldier from the Diplomatic Corps. 

Leaving the jokes to her brother, Elizabeth Colbert Busch was at Mark Sanford’s throat in her first debate. Her accusation, “You didn’t tell the truth,” litters the headlines today as she referred to his failure to protect the Port of Charleston or be honest in his personal life.

In the world of big, public universities with big football and basketball teams, a few dedicated youths are attempting to build a professional ultimate frisbee league from the ground up.

With the death by Climate Change looming ever larger, American Progress has come out with a report detailing some of the political, technological, and business alterations needed to keep the planet (ideally) inhabitable. Climate Progress provides us with the highlights.

monday reading list

Did you forget it was Earth Day? Here’s some news from Earth.

David Herszenhorn of the Times attempts to further bring the life of Tamerlan Tsarnaev into perspective, recounting his troubled, but never militant, life as a youth without a country.

Two things that you probably never associated before: Rupert Murdoch and transcendental meditation. Murdoch joins Russell Simmons, hedge fund managers, and the CEO of Tupperware in the league of business leaders who take part in the practice.

Ana Campoy of the Wall Street Journal discusses Big Marijuana’s stunted growth. Take a walk in the shoes of everyone’s favorite tax-paying semi-criminals.

Mother Jones has published a chart showing that generational views on gay marriage and willingness to try sushi correlate almost perfectly. While correlation does not imply causation, it does not deny it either.

In honor of Earth Day, The Christian Science Monitor has provided us earthlings a report card for how we’re faring on combatting Global Climate change.