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!
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”
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.
Just a standard NDA, New Yorker. I wish I could tell you more, but I can’t.
John Margolies’ photographs of roadside America (whence comes the featured image above; http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2017708693/)
Inside the world’s largest walnut forest, Roads And Kingdoms. If you like this you should get Roger Deakin’s book Wildwood.
Bones of the Tongass, Sierra Magazine. “I wished I could see what it truly meant to leave no trace.”
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Happy Christmas everybody!