Reading List for September 1, 2017

Busting Out of Mexico In a 1976 article in Texas Monthly, Jan Davis covers a real-life break out by a pair of hired hands from Texas who busted an American pot smuggler out of a Mexican jail.

Exit the Strongman In Roads and Kingdoms, Jonathan W Rosen writes about the removal via democratic vote of Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh and how the country is transitioning after 20 years of overtly coercive leadership.

Jumpers A 2003 article in the New Yorker by Tad Friend about the inexplicable attractiveness of the Golden Gate Bridge to people who choose to die by suicide.

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A Thousand Lakes of Red Blood on White Snow Arto Bendiken writes about the Finnish repulsion of the Soviet invasion in the winter of 1939 known as the White War, where virtually the entire country mobilized to prevent its occupation by the USSR.

In the Valley of the Shadow of Death: Guyana After the Jonestown Massacre Rolling Stone publishes a difficult to read, contemporaneous account written by Tim Cahill in the immediate aftermath of the Jonestown Massacre.

Why I Quit Being So Accommodating On Mike Cane’s xBlog an anonymously-written article from 1922 that details one man’s awakening to swearing off putting others before himself and his family.

How the Self Esteem Craze Took Over America In New York Magazine’s Science of Us blog, Jesse Singal writes about the origin of a drive to increase children’s self esteem in the 1980s and 90s that some suspect led to an epidemic of narcissism today.

Blight At the Museum On Current Affairs, Colette Shade writes about America’s national museum, the Smithsonian Institution, and how its messages and exhibits have become compromised and co-opted by corporate donations.

I’m always looking for things to read. If you know an interesting article, send it to me at josh@areyouseriousclark.com

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