This week's reading contained so many gems, it was difficult to narrow the field down to the five most worthy of you, dear reader. I did manage, though. On a side note, I've decided that for those sites which require it, I'll be posting the Readability view of these articles. For those whose site is already in a beautiful, readable view, I'll link to the original. Enjoy:
- I recently discovered How We Will Read, which interviews a new web expert on the future of reading every week. This week: Craig Mod offers his unique insights.
- JD Bentley tells us the story of his termination from a custodial job, and why the experience was "a death gifting me with life."
- American Interest delves into the implications of Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilych, not only as a masterpiece of literature, but as a basis for the modern state of social psychology.
- It seems I've been saying this more and more often, but occasionally a piece pops up which I believe every American should read. This piece by James Gustave Speth, in which he details the bleak problems facing our nation, the causes, and the possible solutions, falls into that category: America the Possible.
- One of my favorite corners of the web- The Philosopher's Beard- takes a look at Jane Austen in a new light: not just as a pioneer in the field of social realism, but as a brilliantly subtle master of moral philosophy.
- Okay, just one more: in the New Yorker, David Remnick profiles the rising threat and implications of nationalism reaching dangerous and terrifying levels in Israel.
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