I know that I just posted a bunch of article suggestions the other day, but I have some more. I’ve been digging around in The Atlantic’s archives, so most of these links are from that venerable publication. Many of these are older articles that I read quite a while ago, but you guys should definitely check them out or Instapaper them for later.
•GROUPTHINK: Brainstorming Doesn’t Really Work (The New Yorker, January 30, 2012)
(I’m a big fan of everything that Jonah Lehrer writes about neuroscience)
•LEAVES FROM AN OFFICER’S JOURNAL: A white Civil War officer recounts his experience as Colonel of the first black regiment (The Atlantic)
-PART I (November 1864)
-PART II (December 1865)
-PART III (January 1865)
•A REBEL’S RECOLLECTIONS: A Confederate soldier offers the Southern perspective of the Civil War (The Atlantic, June 1874-December 1874)
-PART I (June 1874)
-PART II (July 1874)
-PART III (August 1874)
-PART IV (September 1874)
-PART V (October 1874)
-PART VI (November 1874)
-PART VII (December 1874)
•THE ROYAL WE (The Atlantic, May 2002)
“The mathematical study of genealogy indicates that everyone in the world is descended from Nefertiti and Confucius, and everyone of European ancestry is descended from Muhammad and Charlemagne.”
•THE DESERT ONE DEBACLE (The Atlantic, May 2006)
Mark Bowden, author of Guests of the Ayatollah (BOOK•KINDLE), on one of the most important events in his book — Operation Eagle Claw, which resulted in disaster in the Iranian desert.
After watching my Oakland Raiders got their asses handed to them by the Green Bay Packers last night (and narrowly getting knocked out of my fantasy league playoffs), I spent some time catching up on the articles on queued up in my Instapaper account. Here’s some of my recommendations:
•GUANTANAMO DIARY: MOHAMMED EL GORANI AND JEROME TUBIANA (London Review of Books, December 15, 2011)
This is just absolutely haunting. The story of the youngest detainee at Guantanamo, told in his own words: “I’d seen a lot of American movies, and arrested people always said, ‘I have the right to a lawyer!’ The interrogators laughed at me: ‘Not here in Guantanamo! You got no rights here!” If even half of Mohammed el Gorani’s account is true, I am sickened for my country.
•WHEN DID THE GOP LOSE TOUCH WITH REALITY? (New York Magazine, November 20, 2011)
A pretty spot-on commentary by a conservative Republican who served in the Bush Administration.
This is just a weird story.
•MONDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: HOW JON GRUDEN BECAME AMERICA’S FOOTBALL COACH (The New Yorker, December 12, 2011)
Jon Gruden makes Monday Night Football unwatchable for me, but this is an interesting profile
•SHAKESPEARE AND VERDI IN THE THEATER (New York Review of Books, November 2011)
I may have posted this article before, but I don’t remember
•BARNEY’S GREAT ADVENTURE (The New Yorker, January 12, 2009)
An older profile on Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank and his leadership in the Democratic caucus
•ROGER EBERT’S 1972 INTERVIEW WITH GROUCHO MARX (RogerEbert.com/Originally from Esquire Magazine)
I fucking LOVE the Marx Brothers. I can’t get enough of Groucho, so this was pure brilliance.
•THE UNLIKELY EVENT: AIRLINE SAFETY CARDS (The Paris Review, November 28, 2011)
Little-known fact: I dream that I’ll get invited to write for the Paris Review someday because I think it would be helpful with picking up chicks, among other less important reasons.
•WHAT WOULD GABBY DO? (New York Magazine, November 2011)
An interesting possibility about Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, possibly picking up the political torch if Gabby can’t physically continue holding on to her Congressional seat.
•PUNCHED OUT: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A HOCKEY ENFORCER, PART I: LEARNING TO BRAWL (New York Times, December 3, 2011)
•PUNCHED OUT: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A HOCKEY ENFORCER, PART II: BLOOD ON THE ICE (New York Times, December 4, 2011)
•PUNCHED OUT: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A HOCKEY ENFORCER, PART III: A BRAIN ‘GOING BAD’ (New York Times, December 5, 2011)
•RICK PERRY HAS THREE STRIKES AGAINST HIM (Vanity Fair, January 2012)
A fascinating article on Governor Perry and his background.