This is a post in a series to appear occasionally, setting out some articles that contributors at Slaw are reading and that you might find interesting. These tend to be longer than blog posts and shorter than books, just right for that stolen half hour on the weekend. It’s also likely that most of them won’t be about law — just right for etc.
This week we’ve begun adding videos into the mix, and a featured item as well.
Please let us have your recommendations for what we and our readers might like.
This week’s featured piece: National Geographic – Water: Our Thirsty World – Photographs and articles on water and the challenges we face respecting it.
The New Yorker – Deceptive Picture: How Oscar Wilde painted over “Dorian Gray.” – Alex Ross – A sympathetic and illuminating meditation on Wilde.
The Next Web – The rise of Android and why it could be about to crumble – Paul Sawers – Google and the patent fuss, how it might eventuate. Factoid: Microsoft is earning more from Android than Google is.
New York Times – Does Your Language Shape How You Think? – Guy Deutscher – Whorf is dead, but long live some whorflets: language compells us to say certain things, or say things in certain ways.
The Guardian – How America criminalised poverty – Barbara Ehrenreich – The author of Nickel and Dimed revisits poor America and finds a wretched situation.
The Atlantic – Can the Middle Class Be Saved? – Don Peck – Across the Atlantic, so to speak, the author explores the decline of the middle class in America.
YouTube – Astonish Me – a short film for WWF – Stephen Poliakoff and Charles Sturridge – This gentle five-minute film is aimed at generating wonder and curiosity in young people—and helps revive them in older people, too.
Grantland – A visit to the Calgary Stampede, Canada’s biggest rodeo event – Sam Eifling – Been there, done that. But if you haven’t (yet) you might like to see it from a sports writer’s point of view.
Slate Magazine – Restaurant websites: Why are they so awful? Which ones are the absolute worst? Farhad Manjoo – And why can’t they understand that those of us with iPhones can’t access their Flash sites?
Slate (Doublex) – The Makeni Children – E.J. Graff – In 1998, Americans adopted 29 children from a town in Sierra Leone. Their birth families say they were stolen.