My weekly collection of the provocative, intriguing, or curious, in a world where the house is falling down. The contextual, the cultural, and other things that catch my eye.
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- Living in the eye of a pandemic. The desolate world inside Wuhan. Maybe this is what the future is like.
- Damage to nature leads violence against women. There’s multiple reasons why, according to a new report by the IUCN.
- Taking the ferry home. Learning from travelling slowly.
- ‘We’ve come not to have a future’. The science fiction author William Gibson thinks we’re suffering from ‘future fatigue’.
- Blurring the powerful. It’s a recent news trend, apparently. Dushko Petrovich tries to work out why.
- ‘Spartacus’ helped to break the Hollywood blacklist. It’s apt that when Dalton Trumbo did a two-week rewrite on the script, Kirk Douglas did the right thing by his blacklisted scriptwriter.
- Wanting so much to be rich and famous. This Vanity Fair podcast about Elizabeth Holmes and the last days of her lavishly funded start-up Theranos is a year old, but the detail is eye-popping. (47 minutes)
“The whole world’s at sixes and sevens, and why the house hasn’t fallen down about our ears long ago is a miracle to me.” (Thornton Wilder)