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Journal 209

The boxers Jack Dempsey and Benny Leonard mimic a fight with Harry Houdini at a publicity event

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.



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.

Jon Rafman | 9 Eyes | Art

Jon Rafman has been scouring Google Maps Street View for striking images caught by Google's cameras for over a decade. His Nine Eyes of Google Street View project which catalogues his finds makes for an astonishing assortment of snapshots of humanity (often in moments of apparent crisis), and our footprint on the world.

Tina Roth Eisenberg | Swiss Miss | Design

Tina Roth Eisenberg, aka 'Swiss Miss' is a highly regarded designer based in New York. Her design focused email newsletter is a font of design and product inspiration, whimsy, and human warmth.
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