Opinion: Biden’s Plan To Remake America, Ukraine’s Eastern Army, AI Lab Race

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, President Joe Biden’s plan to remake America’s economy, Ukraine’s troops in the east are quietly confident (11:20) and the race of the AI labs heats up (18:10).

Joe Biden’s effort to remake the economy is ambitious, risky—and selfish

But America’s plan to spend $2trn could help save the planet

Previews: The New Yorker Magazine- Feb 13 & 20, 2023

A gif depicting a dog transition to Eustace Tilley and back again.

Art by John W. Tomac

The New Yorker – February 13 & 20, 2023:

Oldest Living Aristocratic Widow Tells All

Lady Glenconner, photographed by Sam Gregg.

Now ninety, Lady Glenconner—a trusted friend of Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret—has become a cheeky chronicler of the British élite.

The Dubious Rise of Impostor Syndrome

Everyone seems to feel like they’re faking it. But, as the concept has spread, so has the criticism.

The Defiance of Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie, photographed by Richard Burbridge.

After a near-fatal stabbing—and decades of threats—the novelist speaks about writing as a death-defying act.

Cinematic Travel: ‘Arctic Arrival’ In Scandinavia (4K)

Chad Gerber (February 6, 2023) – The Arctic Circle: a place so far from our reality, yet so close to our dreams. Fellow filmmaker, Jaxon Roberts, and I spent 10 days exploring the north of Scandinavian countries: Norway, Sweden and Finland. Met with freezing blizzards, magical wildlife, and untouched landscapes as far as the eye can see – it’s safe to say it was a life -changing experience.

Books: Literary Review Magazine – February 2023

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Literary Review – February 2023 Issue:

Tangled Tales of a Traumatic Time

Red Memory: Living, Remembering and Forgetting China’s Cultural Revolution

Cruel Britannia?

Colonialism: A Moral Reckoning By Nigel Biggar

Golfing for Victory

Spying on the Reich: The Cold War Against Hitler By R T Howard\

Front Page: The New York Times – February 6, 2023


Balloon Incident Reveals More Than Spying as Competition With China Intensifies

There is nothing new about superpowers spying on one another, even from balloons. But for pure gall, there was something different this time.

U.S. Navy Divers Work to Recover Debris From Chinese Spy Balloon as Diplomacy Dwindles

The effort off the coast of South Carolina is expected to take days, and Navy and Coast Guard ships have been sent to the scene. U.S. officials are watching for retaliation from China.

Taking Aim at Trump, Koch Network Will Back G.O.P. Primary Candidates

The move by the alliance of conservative donors could provide an enormous boost to a Republican alternative to the former president.

Kamala Harris Is Trying to Define Her Vice Presidency. Even Her Allies Are Tired of Waiting.

Ms. Harris is struggling to carve out a lane for herself in what may be one of the most consequential periods in the vice presidency.