Some articles I recommend:
- “Trial by Fire” by David Grann, about use and misuse of expert evidence in an arson trial. This is one of the most poignant articles I have ever read.
- “The Good Cook” by Barbara Demick, which was an article that really exposed to me the level of poverty, abuse and propagandism in North Korea.
- “Me Myself and I” about the fascinating philosopher Michel Montaigne. This article includes the fantastic quote:
“Nature has very conveniently cast the action of our sight outwards. […] Everyone says: ‘Look at the motions of the heavens, look at society, at this man’s quarrel, that man’s pulse, this other man’s will and testament’—in other words always look upwards or downwards or sideways, or before or behind you. Thus, the commandment given us in ancient times by the god at Delphi was contrary to all expectations: ‘Look back into your self; get to know your self; hold on to your self.’ . . . Can you not see that this world of ours keeps its gaze bent ever inwards and its eyes ever open to contemplate itself? It is always vanity in your case, within and without, but a vanity which is less, the less it extends. Except you alone, O Man, said that god, each creature first studies its own self, and, according to its needs, has limits to his labors and desires. Not one is as empty and needy as you, who embrace the universe: you are the seeker with no knowledge, the judge with no jurisdiction and, when all is done, the jester of the farce.”
- “We Have No Bananas” by Mike Peed, about the fascinating history and science behind the modern banana. No kidding! Apparently we (the current generation) have never tried the delicious banana that was standard in the early 20th century, which was wiped out by a blight and replaced by the hardier, but less delicious “Cavendish” variety (which, itself, is under threat).
- “Get Out of Jail, Inc.” by Sarah Stillman about alternatives to incarceration.
- “The Running Novelist” by Haruki Murakami, about the meditation and pleasure of a long run.
- “The Wisdom of Children” by Simon Rich, one of the funniest pieces of satire from the “Shouts and Murmurs” section of the paper.