Reading List for December 22, 2017

Christmas Is a Sad Season For the Poor A sweet little 1949 John Cheever short story that a Grinch might say is about trickle-down economics in action on Christmas (I wouldn’t know; I’m not a Grinch).

You Cannot Be Too Cynical About the Republican Tax Bill In the New York Times, Thomas Edsall rounds up the reporting from the few journalists who worked to question the new tax law.

Impeachment, American Style In The New Yorker, Cass Sunstein writes about the checkered history of impeachment proceedings in the United States.


Deep Throat: An Institutional Analysis In a 1992 article in The Atlantic, James Mann builds a case (which later turned out to be correct) that it was Mark Felt, a high ranking official in the FBI who served as Deep Throat, the confidential informant for the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward during the Watergate Scandal.

Seventeen: Shocking Made-For-PBS Documentary On American Teens Was Too Real for TV Dangerous Minds writes about (and embeds) a 1972 documentary about teens living fast and desperate in a tiny town in Indiana.

Love and Lies In a 2009 article for National Geographic Magazine, Michael Pollan writes about some of the many amazing talents orchids have adapted to trick animals into pollinating them.

Slave Capitalism On n+1, Gabriel Winant covers two historical perspectives on slavery in the Southern United States, one from the 1960s and the other current, that paint two different pictures of how they relate to us today.

The Management Estate On The New Inquiry, Alfredo F Riley writes about how news outlets subtly reinforce the narrative of white America as objective truth.

The Children On the Milk Carton On the newly-discovered Vintage News site, EL Hamilton writes about how pictures of missing children came to be printed onto 5 billion million milk cartons in the 1980s.

The Long, Forgotten Walk of David Ingram On Public Domain Review, historian John Toohey writes about an account of a trio of sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Florida in 1568, and claimed to have made their way inland, ultimately walking up the entire Atlantic Seaboard to Nova Scotia.

Join the Search for Geedis Thanks to Ryan Calum for pointing out this article in Atlas Obscura about a writer who happened upon an enamel pin featuring an obscure fantasy character from the 1980s and has entered a rabbit hole trying to find its meaning.


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One thought on “Reading List for December 22, 2017

  1. I’m from Cape Breton where David Ingram was ‘rescued’ and I never heard this story. Cape Breton Island is pretty big (10 thousand km squared) I think I’ll try to find out which fishing village he actually ended up in. Maybe it was Inverness where I’m from or Cheticamp which is further North.


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