I’ve got this week’s recommendations all to my lonesome. Here’s the lineup:
- The timeliest thoughtpiece this week was Chuck Wolfe on the demise of Borders and the importance of “third places” in the city.
- The most politically relevant graphic this week was the Atlantic with the chart that should accompany all discussions of the debt ceiling.
- The geekiest thing this week (in a good way) was a comprehensive review of energy ratings in commercial buildings, as a roadmap to better building energy policy.
- The most peculiar thing this week was the NYT on evolution in urban environments.
- The most encouraging thing this week was the Seattle Times on the revival of an endangered Northwest turtle.
- The most depressing thing this week was a new Census-based analysis showing that the wealth gap between white and minority households has widened to a 25-year high.
- The most uplifting thing this week was the NYT audio portraits of newlywed couples at the New York City marriage bureau.
- The funniest thing this week—in a gallows humor sort of way—was this Onion News report: