Revisionist History

Malcom Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast seeks to “go back and reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea.” This episode looks at why we horde things, with a focus on the art world.

Art UK

The charity Art UK has created a digital catalogue of 250,000 works of art in the UK and made it easy to search and navigate them. Splendid.

Boss of the Beach

A story of power and patronage in a perhaps unexpected place, the New York beach lifeguarding fiefdom of Peter Stein, who presided over a network of lifeguards named by one as β€œLa Cosa Nostra.”

Touching Minard

Charles Minard was a civil engineer by profession but also, in partial retirement, a celebrated information designer. He was born in France in 1781. This story examines the man and his fascinating diagrams, charts, and maps, including those of Napoleon in Russia, described in his obituary as evoking “bitter reflections on the cost to humanity of the madness of conquerors”.

The neoliberal era is ending. What comes next?

An opinion piece suggesting that the neoliberal approach to government’s time is coming to an end, and that “a space has opened up for a different, more realistic view of human nature: that humankind has evolved to cooperate.” The author recognises that what will fill that space is far from certain.