Health: How The Pandemic Reshaped American Life


Wall Street Journal (May 5, 2023) – The alarms sounded in March 2020, and Americans cloistered at home, sheltering from a pandemic killing at times thousands a day. Many people free to work remotely left their big-city lives for suburbs and rural communities. Americans everywhere have settled into more homebound routines for meals and entertainment. Yet even with the deadly crisis fading, the U.S. has yet to recapture the level of happiness enjoyed before the virus SARS-CoV-2 transformed our world.



Travel: Touring Liverpool In Northwest England

DW Travel (May 6, 2023) – Liverpool is hosting the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2023 – in place of Kyiv. We check if the city is worth a visit, and not just for the Eurovision. Let’s explore the rich history of Great Britain’s musical city that birthed one of the most iconic bands ever – The Beatles!

From the famous Cavern Club to the Beatles Story Museum – Hannah introduces you to Liverpool and shows you how the city pays tribute to Ukraine.

Travel: Do Humans Or A.I. Provide Better Advice?

BBC Scotland (May 6, 2023) – Which source provides the most trustworthy tips on Glasgow’s attractions – artificial intelligence or the humans who live there? Craig Ferguson puts both options to the test.

Design Tour: Daylesford Longhouse In Australia

The Local Project – (May 5, 2023) – A bold interpretation of an architectural farm house, Daylesford Longhouse seeks to rediscover how to live with the land. Recentering on the fundamental nature of our existence and self-sustained living, Partners Hill expertly imagines a beautiful home that sets the tone for a revived way of living that may be crucial for a sustainable future.

Video timeline: 00:00 – Introduction to the Architectural Farmhouse 00:37 – The Architect and Design Custodian 01:25 – A Walkthrough of the Home 02:30 – Research of the Agricultural Model 03:12 – The Concept of the Space 03:44 – Living and Working in the Space 04:04 – Establishing a Greenhouse 04:30 – The Extraordinary Kitchen 05:02 – The Unfolding of the Multifaceted Home 05:44 – Leaving the Location A Changed Person 06:02 – A Collection of Small Ideas 06:41 – The Architects Proud Moments

Located in a charming country town near Melbourne, Daylesford Longhouse sits on an elevated ridge, accommodating the sweeping views of the Australian landscape that the house sits so well within. The challenge was to uncover how an architectural farm house could flourish in a place where the land is deeply exposed to vast populations of ravenous grazing wildlife, extreme temperature variations, strong winds and a lack of water.

The concept for the architectural farm house was about having a community hub to hone skills of self-sufficiency, exchange knowledge and run programs where other people can learn. The home’s façade blends into the landscape in a way that doesn’t dominate, echoing the ethos of the residence. The multi-functional estate includes a large shed that houses a domestic dwelling at the eastern end, a garden kitchen and an intimate Airbnb and sleeping quarters.

The New York Times Book Review- Sunday May 7, 2023


Face to Face With Culture’s ‘Monsters’

An illustration of a grid of different faces of monsters, with the labels “polymath,” “genius,” “Nobel laureate,” “virtuoso,” “Pulitzer Prize winner,” “artist’s artist,” “best painter ever,” “visionary” and “comedy legend.”

Claire Dederer’s deft and searching book surfaces a “fan’s dilemma” over such figures as Vladimir Nabokov, Woody Allen, Willa Cather and Roman Polanski.

By Alexandra Jacobs

Expanding on a popular essay published in The Paris Review a month after the exposure of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual predation, “Monsters” sustains an essayistic, sometimes aphoristic tone throughout 250-odd pages.

Dark Shadows, Dark Times

Welcome to three novels set in locales where life is exceedingly difficult.

This is an illustration in shades of red, white and blue, of two women pressing their hands against a wall and peering at each other as if through a mirror.

By Alida Becker


The title comes from a French expression for twilight. Sure enough, her novel sends us to the dusk that borders the familiar and the wild, the known and the unknown. It’s where our beliefs and suspicions can cast dark shadows over our lives. And, of course, the lives of others.

One Man’s Foray Into the Heartland of the Far Right

Alarmed by the country’s political divisions, Jeff Sharlet embarked on an anguished quest to understand the rise of antidemocratic extremism. In “The Undertow,” he documents his findings.

In this color photo, a group of men and women, including a man holding a baby, an older woman in glasses, and Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, stand alongside what appears to be the wall of a red barn, pledging allegiance to the American flag. Several people in the group hold their right hands over their hearts as they make the pledge.

By Joseph O’Neill

THE UNDERTOW: Scenes From a Slow Civil War, by Jeff Sharlet

The premise of “The Undertow,” Jeff Sharlet’s anguished new book of reportage, is that the United States is “coming apart.” The disintegration is political. It involves the rise of the autocratically inclined Donald Trump; the attempt by members of the Republican Party to overthrow the election of Joe Biden in January 2021; and, during the Biden presidency, the overturning by the Supreme Court of Roe v Wade.

Inside Russia: How Life Has Changed Since Invasion

BBC News (May 5, 2023) – Life in Ukraine is unrecognisable since Russia invaded in February 2022. But how has life in Russia changed since the invasion? The BBC’s Russia editor Steve Rosenberg, who lives in Moscow, reports on the shift he has seen in the country from day-to-day life to how Russia portrays its history to its people.

Finance Preview: Barron’s Magazine – May 8, 2023



Culture Wars Are Hitting Companies. How They’re Fighting Back.

Culture Wars Are Hitting Companies. How They're Fighting Back.

Bud Light is the latest casualty in a battle over whether companies are embracing too many progressive goals on everything from gender identity to climate change. What’s at stake as companies fight back.

Thinking of Buying Bank Stocks? You’ll Need a Strong Stomach.

Thinking of Buying Bank Stocks? You’ll Need a Strong Stomach.

No one wants to buy bank stocks ahead of a recession, says UBS analyst Erika Najarian.

Weight-Loss Drugs Will Be Blockbusters. Here’s the Stock to Buy.

Weight-Loss Drugs Will Be Blockbusters. Here’s the Stock to Buy.

Everyone is talking about Eli Lilly’s Mounjaro and Novo Nordisk’s Ozempic. Now, the drugs are poised to go from conversation starters to profit makers.

Biofuel Stocks Are Sputtering. They Could Get a Jump Start.

Biofuel Stocks Are Sputtering. They Could Get a Jump Start.

An industry reckoning over carbon credits could refresh the market for renewables derived from things such as cooking oil and cow manure. These beaten-down stocks that could get a lift once headwinds subside.

Front Page: The New York Times -Saturday, May 6, 2023


Walensky Resigns as C.D.C. Director

“I took on this role with the goal of leaving behind the dark days of the pandemic and moving the C.D.C. — and public health — into a much better and more trusted place,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky said.

In an announcement on Friday, the head of the beleaguered agency said she would step down in June. “We made this world a safer place,” she said.

2 Days, 17 Dead, 21 Wounded: Back to Back Massacres Rock Serbia

A police officer on Friday stood guard in Dubona, Serbia, following a mass shooting in the area south of Belgrade that started Thursday night.

A day after Serbia’s first mass shooting in seven years, a second one left the small country in shock and its president called for a radical reduction in gun ownership.

Living and Breathing on the Front Line of a Toxic Chemical Zone

As the Biden administration moves to curb health threats caused by toxic chemicals, the debate hits home for families living near petrochemical plants.

Tightening Supreme Court Ethics Rules Faces Steep Hurdles

Revelations about Justice Clarence Thomas’s failure to disclose largess from a Republican donor have highlighted a dilemma.