tuesday reading list


“The prime purpose of eloquence is to keep other people from talking.”

~ Louis Vermeil

Guns and gun deaths play a big role in urban violence, suicide, the Drug War, civil conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa, and more… but do gun makers care at all?

Suicide now takes more lives than heart disease. Who is likely to commit suicide and why can’t we stop killing ourselves?

Your job may suck, but at least you’re not a tosher, London’s sewage scavengers who sold salvaged waste for money.

You can choose to hate the classics like the Great Gatsby, but no one is going to take you seriously.

We may complain about the NBA blocking some trades and allowing others, but in Eastern Europe basketball means crooked leagues, poor play, and poisonous fireworks being set off inside stadiums.


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.

friday reading list

Friday. The golden child of the weekdays. The superhero of the workweek. The welcome wagon to the weekend. The famous F word we thank God for every week.

~ Unknown

In a big win for logic, The Wall Street Journal reports that Spain will drop its austerity measures in pursuit of job-creating economic stimulus. Without mentioning Spain specifically, Paul Krugman rubs it in.

A Chinese immigrant carjacked by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  later helped lead to their apprehension. It seems that immigrants are just like everyone else.

The Atlantic goes in-depth on the possibilities and potential tragedy of never leaving peak-oil and why we must transition to clean energy either way.

Dan Kadar on SB Nation grades the first round of the NFL draft. Check out how your team did.

The Atlantic Wire (rightly) mourns the transition from the classic Great Gatsby cover to the new, gaudy, film poster cover.