Holiday reading 2017-18

I enjoyed compiling a list of articles a year ago, so here’s 2017’s selection. They generally have nothing to do with data, quite a lot to do with travel and nature, and reflect my subscription to the New York Times until autumn this year when I dumped it for the Guardian. Next year’s selection, if the good Lord spares me etc etc, will most likely be more Anglocentric. Enjoy!

Dorothea Lange’s Censored Photographs of FDR’s Japanese Concentration Camps

Moonlight gliders

In search of suckers

Doomsday prep for the super-rich “Some of the wealthiest people in America—in Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond—are getting ready for the crackup of civilization”

The Hermit Who Inadvertently Shaped Climate-Change Science

Predator in training

The gig economy celebrates working yourself to death

A child soldier sees his mother after 6 years. But why doesn’t he speak?

Where Totem Poles Are a Living Art (and Relics Rest in Peace)

Burrowing under luminous ice to retrieve mussels


When things go missing

My family’s slave “She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was.” Perhaps the most shared and read and talked-about article of the year. You should read it too.

Can an Archive Capture the Scents of an Entire Era? “A molecular record of smells could give future generations a sense of the past.”

Coralroot, a rare beauty among the old graves (and by extension, many, many more Country Diary entries)

Mike Olbinski, storm chasing photographer who I actually found via Outside, but his own website is the mutha lode.

Lesotho is a secret mountain bike paradise

The dark evolution of British drinking culture

Just a standard NDA, New Yorker. I wish I could tell you more, but I can’t.

The peculiar melancholy of parking lots

The secret life of the banana

On the water, and into the wild

John Margolies’ photographs of roadside America (whence comes the featured image above;

Inside the world’s largest walnut forest, Roads And Kingdoms. If you like this you should get Roger Deakin’s book Wildwood.

Backcountry drug war, BioGraphic.

Bones of the Tongass, Sierra Magazine. “I wished I could see what it truly meant to leave no trace.”

A photo trip to Antarctica, The Atlantic.

This tweet and everything that follows:

Happy Christmas everybody!


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