the best of the sunday times

Front Page
US forces in Afghanistan must adapt to their support role just as the Afghanis must learn to lead on their own.

Business
She’s not quite the Dalai Lama, but Mata Amritanandamayi (aka Amma or “the hugging saint”), has traveled the world, spreading love and creating an empire based on hugs.

Travel
A look into Andrew Wyeth’s Pennsylvania house and boyhood home offer a glimpse into the life of an intensely energetic painter and a family of luminaries.

Sunday Review
Jo Robinson discusses the role of nutrition in health and how farmed food has lost much of the nutrition that was held by the wild foods gathered by our ancestors.

David Leonhardt pines for a new corporate tax code that is fairer, simpler, and actually makes sense. Fareed Zakaria wrote about tax reform as well on Wednesday in the Washington Post.

While the Middle East is still exploding with violence and revolution, Israel has become complacent on moving forward in a peace process with Palestine.

Magazine
The title says it all: Billy Joel on not working, not giving up drinking and not caring what Elton John says about any of it. Also, some reflection on a life of telling it like it is.

Book Review
In 41 False Starts, Janet Malcom’s collection of essays and profiles on artists and writers, a combination of biography and literary imagination makes Malcom an educational alternative to David Sedaris.

thursday reading list

“In archaeology you uncover the unknown. In diplomacy you cover the known.”

~ Thomas Pickering

Looking for a friend? You better find one quick before loneliness leads to your death.

Indian-produced drugs are the libertarian’s wet dream. They’re cheap. They’re unregulated. They’re being recalled due to bad ingredients, poor oversight, and criminal fraud.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is so quick, it’s amazing he’s not already in the United States. But some hard-headed obstructionism from the old fogies in his party (the PRI) could threaten to undo his administration’s progressive streak.

You know what people in Gaza need most? KFC. How hours-old fried chicken from Egypt is in demand in the Gaza Strip.

In this EPIC long-form piece from SB Nation, Costa Rica’s killer bull has taken 17 lives, but the families of the victims just want to ride him.

Yesterday, I linked to an opinion piece on austerity being necessary for reform. Today, Quartz has come back with why it isn’t.

tuesday reading list

A close read on today’s happenings.

Erwin Chemerinsky of the LA Times adds to the rapidly increasing body of opinion pieces regarding the rights of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as he prepares to stand trial.

Theo Hobson of The Spectator makes his case for the end of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens-style atheists, saying that anti-religious rhetoric has gone out of style in favor of a softer approach to not believing.

Joe Romm at Climate Progress drips with rage as he illustrates BP’s elaborate cover-up of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill‘s toxicity while they simultaneously made it worse.

The Science Blog discusses the disturbing trend of prescription drug abuse among teens as the figures have skyrocketed by more than 30% since 2008.

In the Hindu, India asks China to return to the “status quo” regarding the Kashmiri region of Ladakh. The move reflects hopes to tamp down a military standoff near the border.