monday reading list

“I think we agree, the past is over.”

~ George W. Bush

Paul Miller of the online tech magazine, The Verge, has finally finished his year of living without the internet. Guess what! You can be just as unproductive without Reddit and Facebook.

Reuters reports this morning that the UN has evidence that the Syrian Rebels used the Sarin gas, not the Assad regime. Score one for Obama having played it close to the chest on this one. Score zero to whoever is found to have provided the rebels with chemical weapons.

With the conservative media beginning to turn against him, Marco Rubio may no longer be the right poster child to pass immigration reform while saving face for Republicans who face staunch opposition to reform in their home states.

Not to be dissuaded by the Patriot Act or hiked-up security measures in a post-9/11 world, al Qaeda has begun a new strategy of recruiting disenfranchised American Muslims to take up smaller attacks on US soil.

What makes a book business? Richard Nash of the Virginia Quarterly Review looks at the publishing industry and how they must change to stay afloat in a world of eContent.

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thursday reading list

I was brought up to believe that Scotch whisky would need a tax preference to survive in competition with Kentucky bourbon.

                                                       ~ Hugo Black

Happy almost-Oaks. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out this Times piece from last year’s Oaks.

Moving on to the Derby. Michael Lindenberger of Roads & Kingdoms has outdone himself with an amazing long-read on booze-hound Bill Faulkner and the Kentucky Derby. And here is Faulkner’s piece for SI (it’s short). Here’s Hunter S. Thompson’s piece [PDF].

There’s a new bourbon out there just in time for the festivities. Check out Forbes’ Derby-themed review to see if its worth a couple of dollars above the Early Times.

Mr. President, do I detect a hint of tequila and lime on your breath? President Obama is heading to Mexico today and Quartz has everything you could want to know about his trade mission to pre-empt immigration reform.

Ever wanted to be a Williamsburg hipster? To laugh at picture of them? The New York Times has written an article and made a slideshow to help you out.

Sarah Stillman of the New Yorker gives us a glimpse at Bangladesh’s teen garment workers who risk their lives to bring us shitty Wal-Mart clothing.

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post and Gail Collins of the New York Times poke a little fun at Mark Sanford’s ridiculous and rapidly-fading belief that he could be elected to public office once again.

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.

wednesday reading list.

paris 1927

Chosen for quality.

POLITICO’s Manu Raju, Carrie Budoff Brown and Anna Palmer follow the trail of how the immigration deal was hammered out. Note: prepare something happy to read or watch for when you finish.

John Reed of the Paris Review offers a real-life timeline of Animal Farm by George Orwell. It’s a good throwback for those of us who haven’t approached the novel since middle school english.

Alec MacGillis of The New Republic explains how, through the numerous concessions that they made to the smaller, less populous states, the founding fathers may have already doomed gun control.

Al Jazeera’s Patricia Vieira asks “Does reading make you smarter?” While there is no doubt that literature can have a huge effect on our lives, there is no panacea for making people good writers or to make them like reading.

In Bloomberg Buisinessweek, 50 famous people tell you what to do if you want to become smarter, better looking, more successful, or like Newt Gingrich?

tuesday reading list.

girl reading newspaper at bar

Some of the best and overlooked pieces on the web today.

The Chinese Solyndra ~ The Atlantic’s Quartz writer, Todd Woody, illustrates the difficulties for a solar industry giant, even in China’s economy.

Not Just Another Game ~ A long form piece from SB Nation highlights the 1980 soccer match that made US v. Mexico a rivalry.

Three ways you should never start an online comment ~ Some generally good advice from our friends at The Art of Manliness

Immigration reform can lead to a stronger environmental movement ~ 9 out of 10 Hispanics love the environment more than you do. Why? probably because their only memories of it aren’t from photos. If immigration reform passes, Hispanics could make a strong contingent in the big green movement.

Drafting college football coaches ~ What if UK could steal Urban Meyer from Ohio State? The prospects for recruiting coaches who are actively coaching.

Deep thoughts on deep thoughts ~ This Times Magazine piece covers the (recent) history of poet and humorist Jack Handley, who is unknown to most people born before 1990, but whose poetic humor still appears to influence our tastes today.