Normally a great subscription. No download button today so I have to go without on my commute today.
It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.
In this issue: "Broken", by Amy Davidson; "Underworld", by Monte Reel; "The Children of Strangers", by Larissa MacFarquhar; and "I Can't Go On!", by Joan Acochella.
The August 10, 2015 issue of National Review.
In this issue: "The Deal", by Steve Coll; "The Right Poem", by Daniel Mendelsohn; "Shelling Up", by Tad Friend; "Tehran's Promise", by Robin Wright; "American Limbo", by Jeffrey Toobin; "Sweet Home Alabama", by Adam Gopnik; "Mitt Romney's Slumber-Party Diary", by Paul Rudnick; and "Small Victories", by Anthony Lane.
Vanity Fair is a cultural filter, sparking the global conversation about the people and ideas that matter most. With a dedication to journalistic excellence and powerful storytelling, Vanity Fair is the first choice - often the only choice - for the world's most influential and important audience. From print to social media, the big screen to the smartphone and now on audio, Vanity Fair is the arbiter of our era.
In this issue: "Homage to Zenobia", by Lawrence Wright; "Room with a Boo", by Reeves Wiedeman; "Death of a Prosecutor", by Dexter Filkins; "The Really Big One", by Kathryn Schulz; and "Cold Cases", by Anthony Lane.
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Here's a creative way to make the best use of your morning commute: listen to The Wall Street Journal. Each morning, you'll get the must-hear stories from the Journal's front page, as well as the most popular columns and briefings from Marketplace, Money & Investing, and more. And, every Friday, you'll get a bonus delivery: features, columns, and reviews from the Weekend Journal.
"Pretty Good, but could be Great"
"Excellent encapsulation of NYT"
Instead of trying to predict "Black Swan" events such as coups or crises, forecasters should look at how political systems handle disorder. The best indicator of a country's future trajectory is not a lengthy past stability, but recent moderate volatility.
"Fine Taleb, but repeats some themes in other books"
How did 21st-century Russia end up, yet again, in personal rule? An advanced industrial country of 142 million people, it has no enduring political parties that organize and respond to voter preferences. The military is sprawling yet tame; the immense secret police are effectively in one man’s pocket. The hydrocarbon sector is a personal bank, and indeed much of the economy is increasingly treated as an individual fiefdom. Mass media move more or less in lockstep with the commands of the presidential administration.
From the cotton gin and the steam engine to electricity and the transistor, new technologies have been revolutionizing the world for centuries, transforming life and labor and enabling an extraordinary flourishing of human development. Now some argue that advances in automation and artificial intelligence are causing us to take yet another world-historical leap into the unknown.
Machines are substituting for more types of human labor than ever before. This means that the real winners of the future will be neither the providers of cheap labor nor the owners of ordinary capital, but rather those who can innovate and create new products, services, and business models.
"Falling", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Y'all Torture Me Home", by George Saunders; "Just the Facts, Ma'am", by Jill Lepore; "Nails Never Fails", by Ben McGrath; "April & Paris", by David Sedaris; "Oprah's World", by Nancy Franklin; and "Faraway Places", by David Denby.
The July/August 2015 issue of Foreign Affairs.
Obama's signature international economic initiative is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but bipartisan majorities of both houses of Congress have insisted that the TPP forcefully address the manipulation of exchange rates. Here's how to resolve this dilemma.
In the third Quarterly Essay of 2004, Margaret Simons takes a long hard look at Mark Latham, the self-proclaimed "club buster" and the man who would be prime minister. Few doubt Latham's intelligence and ambition, but what will this amount to in government? Simons argues that if Labor is elected, it will not be "business as usual". Rather we can expect a reformist government in the spirit - if not the letter - of Latham's political tutor, Gough Whitlam. It is also likely to be a government that has little time for the totemic issues of the Labor elites.
World politics is entering a new phase, in which the great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of international conflict will be cultural.
Every person probably knows a friend or relative who buys the persistent lies that the climate is really cooling, or it's probably due to natural cycles, or the science models are wrong, or there's no reliable data.