Weekend Reading

I’m a little behind in my reading so a shorter set of links than usual.

  • The incredible life and haunting death of world traveler Harry Devert
    Photos of Harry Devert almost inevitably show him standing somewhere breathtaking — a frozen cave in Iceland, a mountaintop in the Himalayas, a waterfall in Brazil — with his arms out wide and his face tilted up towards the sky.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1NN6dZz
  • The contagious madness of the new PC
    It’s becoming pretty clear, as the year rolls on, that some of our brightest youngsters have gone round the bend. It’s as if they’ve caught a virus, a mental one, a set of thoughts and ideas that might loosely be called political correctness, but seem to me weirder and more damaging than that.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1PUXNi6
  • How to Be Happier Without Really Trying
    You are already a happiness expert. Seriously. You’re just a bit inconsistent. You already do a lot of things that researchers recommend for increased happiness. You just don’t realize it. And that’s the problem.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1hPQNbe
  • 12 photos of gravy wrestling guaranteed to put you off gravy for life
    They’re so passionate about their gravy in Lancashire that they don’t just have it with their chips and their roast dinners; once a year they get together and wrestle in a big, greasy pool of the stuff.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1L4Q2lc
  • How Kurobe, Japan Became the Zipper Capital of the World
    It has done so through the auspices of YKK, the world’s largest manufacturer of zippers, producing roughly half the world’s supply—some 7 billion a year.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1X56PxP
  • How Netflix’s ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Could Change the Movie Business
    Idris Elba nearly plunged to his death filming Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation.” The indie drama, about an African tyrant known as “the commandant” who recruits an innocent boy into his army of youth soldiers, took Elba into the depths of Ghana’s jungles for a guerrilla-like shoot.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1hyikNs
  • Why Won’t Anyone Learn My Name?
    My colleagues often misspell and mispronounce my name, so much so that every iteration is a new invention. But since my name is not, say, “Scaachi,” and they think that a convenient mispronunciation of my name harkens a certain ‘90s songstress (RIP), they think it’s correct, or a compliment.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1JCgswR
  • The Latest Craze In Winemaking: Marijuana-Infused Wine
    There’s been a lot of buzz about pot and wine recently. It’s hard to separate the toga party contingent’s thirst for a potion into which two psychoactive substances have been crammed, from the more sober, scholarly consideration of the 3,700+ year history of fortifying wine with cannabis.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1JuFJqx
  • Lucille Clifton Reads “Won’t You Celebrate With Me”
    “One should wish to celebrate more than one wishes to be celebrated,” poet Lucille Clifton (June 27, 1936–February 13, 2010) told Poets & Writers Magazine in 1992.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1N6nJsQ
  • The Story Behind Australia’s Pink Lake
    The big idea behind these “Maphead” posts—the raison d’etre, if you will—is to sniff out geographical oddities. These are places that are somehow unique or weird on the map, often more interesting than they are in real life.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1GR0oD5