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.

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?