The Best of the Sunday Times

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“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.

best of the sunday times

“An objective rule in the process of modernization is we have to complete the process of urbanization and industrialization.”

~ Li Keqiang (Chinese Prime Minister)

Front Page

As China attempts to accelerate the urbanization of its rural farmers, high costs and pitfalls abound.

As a conservative legislature makes abortion an increasingly difficult option for Texans, Mexico offers a prescription-free abortion pill just across the border.

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best of the sunday times

Front Page
Mired in controversy, the NSA owes its immense power to monitor terrorists, arms dealers, and almost any foreign national from a secret court with an increasingly expansive role in interpreting rights to privacy and surveillance.

World
No longer stuck in the 1950s, Cubans begin spending to move their lives and economy forward.

National
Liz Cheney wants to be a senator, but her father’s party is telling this trust fund baby what it has told many spoiled political aspirants for the first time: you’re going to have to wait.

Business
In a suffering economy, all 50 states now have burgeoning vineyards, helping to spur agriculture and tourism.

Arts & Leisure
On the heels of Netflix’s Arrested Development sequel, Michael Cera is taking his baby face to writing and directing.

Sunday Review
The Dalai Lama and many Fortune 500 CEOs do it, but can meditation make practitioners more moral?

Travel
The Lincoln Highway is now a patchwork of two-lane highways across the Northern United States, but a cross-country road trip on this old-school path offers a view less seen on a road less travelled.

 

Book Review

As many around the US and Europe begin to replace their piety with humanism, John Gray  says “No, Sir” in his attack, Silence of the Animals.

Magazine

Whether you hate the player or the game, Kurt Bardella is winning the game in Washington right now.