It's been awhile! Life has been so very busy since the holidays, and I regret that I haven't been able to write more. I've been reading quite a bit on U.S. politics since the election, however, and the following are some of the most interesting articles I've read in the past couple months (there are some beautiful non-political ones included as well):
- Preserve, Protect, and Defend | New Yorker | "A Republic," Franklin said, "if you can keep it."
- When Things Go Missing | New Yorker | This is such a beautiful piece about living and loss. "Loss is a kind of external conscience, urging us to make better use of our finite days."
- How To Build An Autocracy | The Atlantic | Chilling piece detailing the playbook Trump could use to set the U.S. on a path to illiberalism. It all seems within the realm of the possible to me.
- The Lawyers Showed Up | Slate | The United States is still a country where the law matters. In the wake of the "Muslim Ban," this was heartening.
- Trial Balloon for a Coup? | Medium | "The administration is testing the extent to which the DHS (and other executive agencies) can act and ignore orders from the other branches of government... Yesterday was the trial balloon for a coup d'état against the United States. It gave them useful information."
- Thank You Roger Federer, Thank You Rafael Nadal | WSJ | I've been a Federer fan for a long time now, and the Australian Open Final was brilliant. "The best five-setters turn dramatically, like miniature operas. There are little victories and defeats, surprises and escapes. A tennis fan watching dies and resuscitates several times. It is glorious."
- Time to Try the Crazy & Impossible | TEDx | This is a TED talk, not an article, by the founder of the organization for which I ran the NYC marathon. She's an inspiring woman!
- Putin's Mercenaries | Die Zeit | A change in Russian law now allows mercenaries in the country to fight abroad. Recruitment of the new private soldiers is already in progress -- worrying overtones.