Recommended reading / viewing / listening

This week: The world’s greatest and mysterious lost cities / When your ex has a new partner / New understanding of the UT Tower shooting / Wolf puppies clarify how humans domesticated dogs / A new leader rises in the Mideast

This week: The world’s greatest and mysterious lost cities / When your ex has a new partner / New understanding of the UT Tower shooting / Wolf puppies clarify how humans domesticated dogs / A new leader rises in the Mideast

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1. The most powerful — and mysterious — abandoned cities the world forgot
By Paula Froelich | The New York Post | January 2020
“Tourists clamor to see Petra in Jordan, Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Machu Picchu in Peru — onetime megacities that now capture our imagination and fuel legends. But they’re not the only mythic spots. Here are some of the most mysterious abandoned locales in the world.”

2. The Mysterious Lawyer X
By Evan Ratliff | California Sunday Magazine | January 2020
“Nicola Gobbo defended Melbourne’s most notorious criminals at the height of a gangland war. They didn’t know she had a secret.”

3. Scientists get goosebumps after undomesticated wolf puppies play fetch
By Nick Lavars | New Atlas | January 2020
“The observation reshapes our understanding of how these wild creatures interpret cues from humans, and also sheds light on how the early stages of dog domestication may have played out.”

4. How To Cope When You Find Out Your Ex Has A New Partner
By Kelsey Borresen | HuffPost | January 2020
“It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since the breakup: Discovering your ex has moved on with a new boyfriend or girlfriend can feel like a punch in the gut.”

5. Women repulsed by lice and fleas less likely to find beards attractive: study
By Nicola Davis | The Guardian | January 2020
“Whether facial hair boosts men’s pulling power or is a turnoff has long been a matter of contention”

6. Mohammed bin Zayed’s Dark Vision of the Middle East’s Future
By Robert F. Worth | The New York Times Magazine | January 2020
“The enigmatic leader of the U.A.E. may soon emerge as the region’s most powerful figure. What does he really want?”

7. The Death and Life of Frankie Madrid
By Valeria Fernández | California Sunday Magazine | August 2019
“The U.S. had been his home since he was 6 months old. When he was deported to Mexico 26 years later, it was more than he could bear. ”

8. Death of the calorie
By Peter Wilson | 1843 :: The Economist | April / May 2019
“For more than a century we’ve counted on calories to tell us what will make us fat. Peter Wilson says it’s time to bury the world’s most misleading measure.”

9. Are Americans Falling Out of Love With Their Landmarks?
By M. Scott Mahaskey and Peter Canellos | Politico Magazine | July 2019
“Attendance at historical sites suggests it might be time for a new way to tell the national story.”

10. Behind the Tower: New Histories of the UT Tower Shooting
By Joan Neuberger | Not Even Past :: UT Austin Department of History | August 2018
“Fifty years ago, on August 1, 1966, twenty-five year old student Charles Whitman killed 16 people and wounded at least 32 more at UT Austin.”

Author: Fernando Ortiz Jr.

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