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Journal 208

New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo by Diana Robinson

This week — Andrew Cuomo, data visualisation in 1849, Sealand, and a personal memoir about a friend lost to ISIS.

If you only read one thing — The New York Times on an Uighur family's struggles is worth the time.

In addition - Clippings this week include a William Faulkner speech and a Michael Lewis podcast about fairness.


Her Uighur Parents Were Model Chinese Citizens. It Didn’t Matter. | The New York Times | Society

The gripping personal story of one Uighur family's struggles across two generations facing the repressive restrictions in place in the region.

Andrew Cuomo, a Man Alone | Politico | Politics

The Governor of New York is someone said to be having a 'good crisis', providing robust daily briefings and an all action style in taking on covid-19. This profile looks deeper into the workings of a man with fairly transparent ambitions on the biggest job in US politics.

Infographics in the Time of Cholera | ProPublica | History

A look at an early example of journalistic data visualisation in The New York Tribune, used to visualise a cholera outbreak in 1849.

Every Inch of Earth | Guernica | Life

The author writes about his friend and collaborator, with whom he founded a photo agency in Iraq, before he was taken by ISIS.

The Pint-Size Nation off the English Coast | The Atlantic | Life

The story of Sealand, a World War II sea defence tower just off the cost of England in the North Sea, 'conquered' by a former Army Major on behalf of his wife in 1966.



Clippings is a new section in Journal containing audio, visual and written content that sits outside the usual journalistic fare. I hope the suggestions may delight and fascinate you as they have me.

Against the Rules | Michael Lewis | Podcast

Michael Lewis is a much celebrated chronicler of the worlds of finance, politics, and sport and his podcast Against the Rules revisits some of those areas in an attempt to explore the principle of fairness, and why achieving it is more elusive than we might think. The link below is to a great episode about The New York Stock Exchange.

William Faulkner | Nobel Banquet Speech 1950 | Speech

William Faulkner's speech at the 1950 Nobel Banquet is a miniature masterpiece, that ends on this rousing note - "I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance."
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