Scott Siskind reviews Martin Gurri's 2014 book The Revolt Of The Public, which explains the mostly leaderless, largely incoherent protests of the early 2010s (Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring, the indignatos in Spain, etc.) as a petulant outburst of middle class rage against the governing elite, predestined to accomplish nothing. How does all of this look in the post-Trump era?
Mass grave of slaughtered Crusaders found in Lebanon.
Fighting about solar farms in Malta. First, the Environment Minister said no solar arrays can be placed on agricultural land, and now historic preservationists object to one being placed near one of the famous megalithic temples. Finding sites for solar and wind power is now the biggest obstacle to growth.
In the NY Times, a detailed account of how Israel used a remote-controlled, AI-assisted machine gun to assassinate Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakrizadeh, in November 2020.
The strange case of Frederic March, actor and civil rights activist whose name was stripped from university buildings in Wisconsin because he briefly belonged to a student organization called, apparently as a joke, the KKK. Local news story, article in Bright Lights, John McWhorter in the NY Times.
Ben Pentreath's summer, with photos of the Dorset garden and a trip to the Scottish islands.
Archaeology of private life: the eighteenth-century Canadian loyalist with eight mustard jars.
The anxieties stoked in upper-class Europeans by the practice of using wet nurses.
The collapse of Chinese property developer Evergrande threatens ruin for families and small construction firms across China, triggering protests outside company headquarters and then a government crackdown on the protesters.
The threat to water supplies from illegal marijuana farms in the US west.
Here is a historical achievement of sorts: the most miserable, uniformly pessimistic take on contemporary writing and the broader culture that I have ever read.
Kevin Drum has the data to show that Millennials are the highest paid generation in US history, despite all you have read to the contrary.
To make an impact as an activist, take up a cause no one else is pursuing.
Interesting science fiction-themed graphite drawings by James Lipnickas.
The African Theater, North America's first black theater, opened in New York on September 17, 1821 and endured for about two years. (NY Times)
The street chairs of Cairo. Yes, people sit on these.
Google buys an office building in Manhattan for $2.1 billion and plans to add thousands of employees there, showing that 1) what our top companies care about is not low taxes but access to talent, and 2) that the housing crisis in our biggest cities is only going to get worse. (NY Times)
This week's music is Emylou Harris, who as a teenager performed on an outdoor stage a block from my office, an event two of my friends swear they witnessed: Goin' Back to Harlan, Wrecking Ball, Satan's Jewel Crown.