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September 2022 Reviews: ‘WSJ 12 Books To Read’

The Car: The Rise and Fall of the Machine That Made the Modern World

By Bryan Appleyard Pegasus

In their brief ascendancy, cars have dominated every aspect of public and private life and changed our understanding of space, time and nature. Review by Mark Yost.

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One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World

By Michael Frank Avid Reader

A chance meeting with a Holocaust survivor blossomed into weekly conversations—and a journey into a vanished world. Review by Heller McAlpin.

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Prisoners of the Castle: An Epic Story of Survival and Escape from Colditz, the Nazis’ Fortress Prison

By Ben Macintyre Crown

Built on a rock outcrop, the grim German castle once housed the incurably insane. Then it became a prison for unruly Allied POWs. Review by Alex Kershaw.

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Russia: Revolution and Civil War, 1917-1921

By Antony Beevor Viking

If the American Civil War ended slavery, and the English Civil War restrained the monarchy, what did the Russian Civil War achieve? Review by Douglas Smith.

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Working With AI: Real Stories of Human-Machine Collaboration

By Thomas H. Davenport and Steven M. Miller MIT Press

A compendium of case studies in which corporations stopped worrying and introduced artificial intelligence into their workflow. Review by Matthew Hutson.

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Culture Preview: The New Review – October 2, 2022

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Britain in Crisis – The Activists Fight Back

Paul Theroux – The Novelist and Travel Writer Interviewed

Stewart Lee – Birdwatchers: it’s time to take on the Tories

Writer-director Martin McDonagh on his bad early plays, enjoying a quiet home life with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and his latest film – a friendship breakup movie starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson Interview by @msmirandasawyer (@DREWANTHONYSMTH)

Political Analysis: Brazil – A Fractured Nation (FT)

Latin America’s largest nation is facing its most important election in decades as Jair Bolsonaro and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva square off amid deep political and cultural polarisation. FT Brazil bureau chief Bryan Harris travels the nation to look at the enormous economic and social challenges facing the next president. He meets wealthy farmers, truckers, evangelicals and those facing food insecurity. Read more at https://on.ft.com/3Cjrg5T

Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers and with over 214 million people, Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest country by area and the seventh most populous.

Preview: Country Life Magazine – Sept 28, 2022

Country Life Magazine – September 28, 2022:

Walk this way

Katy Birchall consults trainer Ben Randall about how to get your dog to focus on you and stop disappearing on walks

Shooting pains

As a difficult shooting season begins, Simon Lester considers the state of the sport amid its many modern challenges

If I only had a brain

Confusing to dogs and a star of horror films, scarecrows still fulfil their traditional bird-scaring role, discovers Jeremy Hobson

Mary-Ann Dunkley’s favourite painting

The design director of Liberty Fabrics picks a bright patchwork

Masterpiece

Jack Watkins is diverted by the story of Shaw’s Pygmalion

Covers: New York Times Magazine – Sept 25, 2022

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SIX PHOTOGRAPHERS JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD IN SEARCH OF ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS.

Horses that resemble My Little Ponies (but on Mars). Caimans that eat pythons. Monkeys that live alongside these caimans. High-fiving raccoons. Searching for a snow leopard. Six photographers. Six stories of animal encounters.

THE VOYAGES ISSUE
Gareth McConnell for The New York TimesThe Voyages IssueSearching for Wild Animals, Across the WorldFor the magazine’s Voyages Issue, six photographers in pursuit of animal encounters.By The New York Times Magazine
Matthew Pillsbury for The New York TimesThe Voyages IssueLessons From a Lifetime of Animal VoyagesThere is an animal-size hole at the center of modern life. Some of us will search the world to fill it.By Sam Anderson
Robin Schwartz for The New York TimesThe Voyages IssueInside Seoul’s Wild Animal CafesArctic foxes. Sheep. Raccoons. See them before they’re gone.Photographs by Robin Schwartz
Antoine d’Agata/Magnum, for The New York TimesThe Voyages IssueMeeting the Beasts of the Jungle in French GuianaAfter two years without human visitors, the monkeys were restless.Photographs by Antoine d’Agata
Yael Martínez/Magnum, for The New York TimesThe Voyages IssueInside an Animal Sanctuary in Bolivia Where Tourists Can HelpPlaces like Senda Verde, a refuge in the tropical Andes, offer an alternative to cruises and safaris.Photographs by Yael Martínez
Gareth McConnell for The New York TimesThe Voyages IssueThe Fantastical Beauty of Icelandic HorsesThese stout little creatures look like My Little Ponies on Mars. The photographer Gareth McConnell had to see for himself.Photographs by Gareth McConnell

Read the Voyages Issue here. https://nyti.ms/3C2WvCo

Preview: The Atlantic Magazine – October 2022

The Atlantic October 2022 Issue:

Ukraine defiant: George Packer, Anne Applebaum, and Franklin Foer on democracy’s front lines. Plus the myopia generation, the Benin bronzes’ contested return, Ian McEwan’s anti-memoir, cursive’s demise, redshirting boys, John Roberts v. the Voting Rights Act, the GOP’s extremist history, and more.

Six months into Ukraine’s defiant stand against Russia’s invasion, The Atlantic is publishing a special cover package devoted to life in the country and the state of the war, with new, on-the-ground reporting by staff writers George Packer, Anne Applebaum, and Franklin Foer. Packer, Applebaum, and Foer are three of the most influential and established voices on the perils of war, authoritarian threats to democracy, and Ukrainian and Russian politics.

Plant-Based Meat: Why It Hasn’t Gone Mainstream

As people’s eating habits change and environmental concerns grow, plant-based protein used as a meat substitute has gained popularity. However, some barriers are preventing it from becoming truly mainstream. Watch what needs to be done to truly realize a future with less meat.

Preview: The New Yorker Magazine – Sept 26, 2022

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Victoria Tentler-Krylov’s “#fallstyle”

The artist discusses Charlotte Gainsbourg, Uggs, and finding inspiration on Instagram.

Was Rudy Giuliani Always So Awful?

A lively new biography explores how the man once celebrated as “America’s mayor” fell into disgrace.

By Louis Menand

From Boy to Bono

I was born with melodies in my head, and I was looking for a way to hear them in the world.

By Bono

Previews: The Guardian Weekly – Sept 16, 2022

The cover of the 16 September edition of the Guardian Weekly.

After Elizabeth: Inside the 16 September Guardian Weekly

Reflections on the end of a royal era, and the ascent of King Charles III
Regardless of whether one identifies as royalist or republican, it’s virtually impossible to dispute the global significance of Queen Elizabeth II, who died last week aged 96

Preview: New York Times Magazine – Sept 18, 2022

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Is Ron DeSantis the Future of the Republican Party?

For years, Democrats have worried about the prospect of a more disciplined heir to Trump. In Florida’s pugilistic governor, that candidate may have arrived.

Nick Cave Lost Two Sons. His Fans Then Saved His Life

“I try to write from the point of view,” the musician and writer Nick Cave says, “that something can happen to your life that is absolutely shattering that can also be redemptive and beautiful.” He came to this perspective through fire. In 2015, Cave’s 15-year-old son, Arthur, died after falling from a cliff near the family’s home in Brighton, England. 

My Roommate Is Neglecting His Dog. What Should I Do?

The magazine’s Ethicist on speaking up for a member of the household — when it’s a pet.