This week — Keir Starmer, big cat ownership in America, William Hogarth, and Venezuela's cryptocurrency.
If you only read one thing — The New Yorker on Houdini is worth the time.
In addition - Clippings this week include the design newsletter Swiss Miss, and a gallery of striking images found on Google's Street View.
Harry Houdini and the Art of Escape | The New Yorker | Life
A profile of the most famous magician of them all.
Keir Starmer: The sensible radical | New Statesman | Politics
A profile of Kier Starmer and his journey from human rights barrister to head of the Crown Prosecution Service, and now to Leader of the Labour Party.
The Strange and Dangerous World of America’s Big Cat People | Longreads | Life
A look at the extraordinary prevalence of big cat breeding and ownership in the United States, an industry filled with strange stories and unscrupulous characters (warning: for those watching the Netflix documentary Tiger King, spoilers abound).
Works in progress – the turbulent tales of William Hogarth | Apollo | Culture
An examination of the work of the great painter and printmaker William Hogarth, a lively chronicler of 18th Century Britain.
The Coder and the Dictator | The New York Times | Politics
The story of a software developer who ended up creating a cryptocurrency for Venezuela, the "petro", but who deeply disagreed with President Nicolás Maduro's policies, and suffered for it.