CALIFORNIA SUNDAY / Mars Madness by Alina Simone“The custom-built, two-person craft the Sjogrens want to build would be the Kia to the Hummer-sized models proposed by NASA and would cost only a billion dollars, they claim. The Pythom Space website lists the Sjogrens’ departure date as late April 2018, but the couple admit they are probably looking at 2020, the next time the orbits of Mars and Earth optimally align.”THE TAMPA BAY TIMES / Hot Wheels by Zachary T.
Sampson and Lisa Gartner A strange epidemic of car theft. Ford“He kept writing: that I was his favorite girl, I was brilliant, and I was the best daughter anyone could ever hope for.
But as soon as the president is taken up on such remarks, there is either an aide on hand to say that he was exaggerating when he said that, that his words are to be taken seriously but not literally, or the president himself is denouncing his critics in another speech, calling them any name that comes into his head.”THE GUARDIAN / London Bridge Is Down by Sam Knight“She stands for stability and order. An exorbitantly wealthy microclique, backed by an army of personal chefs, swears by a sandwich whose standard ingredients boast a street value of roughly 69 cents.”THE GUARDIAN / How the Sandwich Consumed Britain by Sam Knight“The world-beating British sandwich industry is worth £8bn a year.
But her kingdom is in turmoil, and her subjects are in denial that her reign will ever end. Sometimes, though, memory can right itself.”MILK STREET / In Pursuit of Perfect Hummus by J. It transformed the way we eat lunch, then did the same for breakfast – and now it’s coming for dinner.”HIGH COUNTRY NEWS / The Teenage Whaler’s Tale by Julia O’Malley“Internet death threats hound a young Alaskan after a successful hunt.”THE AMERICAN SCHOLAR / Interstates by Emily Bernard“My Italian-American husband ate his way into the good graces of my African-American family.”THE GUARDIAN / ‘My Body Is a Cage of My Own Making’ by Roxane Gay“Strangers remove food from her shopping trolley, humiliate her in the gym and refuse to sit next to her on planes. ”GUERNICA / The Trash Heap Has Spoken by Carmen Maria Machado“The power and danger of women who take up space.”L. REVIEW OF BOOKS / On Being Smaller by Collin Gillis“How do we mourn a version of ourselves that most people assume we never wanted to be, whose existence was unwanted?
He was a child of aristocrats; I am the child of modest workers.
Nevertheless, I hope my candid observations can provide some insights into the elite institutions of the West.”“Maybe the wholesale rejection of time-honored and time-tested values — monogamy, moderation, good manners, self-denial, self-control, the sanctity of private property, personal accountability to higher authorities, both material and spiritual — leads to squalor and misery.”THE LOS ANGELES TIMES / Dirty John by Christopher Goffard The audio version is recommended.
Upon reaching that moment, it will no longer be possible to understand the universe’s history—or perhaps even that it had one—as all evidence of a broader cosmos outside of one’s own galaxy will have forever disappeared.”THE NEW YORKER / Donald Trump’s Worst Deal by Adam Davidson“The President helped build a hotel in Azerbaijan that appears to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.”THE NEW YORKER / The Gay Men Who Fled Chechnya’s Purge by Masha Gessen“Stories of those who survived detention and torture and are now living undercover in Putin’s Russia.”THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE / Aleppo After the Fall by Robert F.
Worth“The Syrian tragedy started in a moment of deceptive simplicity, when the peaceful protesters of the 2011 Arab Spring seemed destined to inherit the future.
Investigating drops her into one of Mexico’s biggest conspiracies.”VICE / The Bump of Cocaine That Destroyed an Olympic Dream by Aaron Gordon“Eric Thompson was a high-jump prodigy with an Olympic future well within his reach, until one failed drug test locked him in a battle with doping authorities.”BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK / Inside Alabama’s Auto Jobs Boom“The South’s manufacturing renaissance comes with a heavy price.”THIS AMERICAN LIFE / Didn’t We Solve This One? We got help from tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans—some targeted or killed because they helped us. ” For another story in this vein, see THE VERGE / Diary of a Concussion by Elizabeth Lopatto“If I thought I was my brain, probably I would have found the injury more upsetting.
But I didn’t and don’t believe that; my self is an interaction between my body and my brain.”CALIFORNIA SUNDAY / The College Try by Ashley Powers“They worked and scrounged and slept on couches to put themselves through school.”AEON / The Sea Was Never Blue by Maria Michela Sassi“The Ancient Greek experience of colour does not seem to match our own.”OXFORD AMERICAN / Sweet Bitter Blues by Amanda Petrusich“I couldn’t quite figure out why Japanese listeners had come to appreciate and savor the blues in the way that they seemed to—lavishly, devotedly.”THE NEW YORKER / A Bigger Problem Than ISIS by Dexter Filkins The Mosul Dam is the most dangerous in the world.