Made You Think: What I’m Reading This Week

Seven Thoughts on Bruce Springsteen for His 70th Birthday: Springsteen and the E Street Band always play “Born to Run” with the house lights all the way up, an aesthetic decision that feels right even if it’s hard to articulate why.

 

How I Learned to Cycle Like a Dutchman: “Where are our helmets?” my daughter Harper asked. We were standing outside a cycle shop in the Dutch city of Delft, along with Harper’s older sister, Lyra, and my wife, Alia. “We didn’t buy any,” I replied.

 

To decarbonize we must decomputerize: why we need a Luddite revolution: Our built environment is becoming one big computer. “Smartness” is coming to saturate our stores, workplaces, homes, cities. As we go about our daily lives, data is made, stored, analyzed and used to make algorithmic inferences about us that in turn structure our experience of the world.

 

A Year in Paris That Transformed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: As a college student, Jacqueline Bouvier spent her junior year in Paris, and the city became one of the greatest influences in her life. In August 1949, a 20-year-old Jacqueline Bouvier arrived in France and began a year that would change her life.

 

Last place Luigi, the Giro’s greatest loser: The story of Luigi Malabrocca, the man who captured the hearts of the tifosi on his annual mission to finish bottom of the pile at the Giro d’Italia.

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