What We're Reading This Week: At-Home Bars, Sci-Fi Novels, Photo Essays
I'm feeling rather inspired by "The GQ Guide to Domestic Mixology," a handy primer on how to setup a well-stocked home bar. Their best tip? Hide the top-shelf bottles when entertaining guests. —Michael Alan Connelly, Editor, Fodors.com
Some of the world's most interesting obituaries are in The Economist, so it was a pleasant surprise to see The Hairpin profile the magazine's obituary writer, Ann Wroe. In a few hundred words she illuminates the lives of persons great and small (and, once, a fish). I had to seek out my favorite of her obits, about the creator of instant ramen noodles. Pure genius! —Mark Sullivan, Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations
There's an overwhelming amount of World Cup coverage right now, but ESPN The Magazine's story on Uruguayan Luis Suarez stood out from the pack. What begins as a seemingly straightforward profile of one of the sport's most controversial characters evolves into a thrilling investigative piece and an examination of the psychology behind the motivation to win (really). You don't have to be a fan of soccer to appreciate Wright Thompson's impeccable storytelling. What's more, fans of sports and/or long-form journalism should take note; while Sports Illustrated has a well-deserved reputation for its narrative journalism, ESPN is no slouch. —Abbey Chase, Digital Editorial Intern
I'm finally getting around to reading David Mitchell's wonderful Cloud Atlas a decade after it was published. It's not quite up there with his Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet for me, but it's still highly enjoyable, and is curing me of my lifelong prejudice towards anything resembling sci-fi. —Róisín Cameron, Associate Editor, Countryside and Adventure
One of my Twitter friends posted this link to photos of people from different cultures around the world standing next to all the food and drink they'd typically consume in a day (with calorie counts). I'm fascinated. There's a woman with HIV/AIDS in Africa (with not very much on her table), a NASA astronaut in outer space (nuts and various packaged, freeze-dried stuff), an Iraq War veteran in California (pretty healthy looking meals), an amusement park supervisor in Minnesota (various fried-looking items and soda), a camel broker in Egypt to (a wonderful array of food stuffs, including several glasses of tea and a pack of cigarettes), a soapstone carver in Canada (includes Molson Canadian beer), and more. —Caroline Trefler, Senior Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations
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