Cave Giants, Why I Didn’t Answer Your Email, and How the Movie ‘Jaws’ Could Solve a 1974 Cold Case Murder.
This is the second installment of a new monthly series where I share an eclectic assortment of articles and essays I discovered the previous month — all worthy of your time.
This month’s selection features eight essays covering such subjects as Facebook stealing a page out of the NSA’s spy book, the Golden Age of television, and how clutter and depression go hand in hand.
So, without further ado, let’s get started.
Life Lessons I Learned From the Great British Baking Show
by Garrett Miles
“The British managed to hold an empire that at one time spanned the globe but have no concept of air conditioning.”
Life is tough. So is an under baked hot water crust.medium.com
by Ron Morehead
“In a story told by Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, around 1880, the Paiute Natives in the Lovelock area warred with the Si-Te-Cah, who were cannibals and had red hair. The story goes that they fought until they had killed all but a few who hid in a cave. When the cave was being mined in 1911 the remnants of these red haired people were reportedly found. Most of the artifacts were lost over time due to lack of interest from science. Some reports indicate they were gigantic in size. Some of the remaining artifacts showed a sandal that is 15 inches long.”
Saturday, August 2, 2014 Lovelock Cave, Nevada - According to the Paiute Indians, the Si-Te-Cah were a red-haired band…ronmorehead.com
The Real Reason There Was a Golden Age of Television
by James Perloff
“What began modestly as rabbit ears on top of family TV sets are now satellite dishes and antennas pridefully dominating the skyline, replacing crosses on top of churches.”
One day in the 1970s, my sister and I, both twenty-somethings, were visiting my father's house. We flicked on the TV.…jamesperloff.com
The Demographic Time Bomb That Could Hit the United States
by Catherine Rampell
“In 2017, the United States saw the fewest babies born in 30 years, a stat that produced a lot of hand-wringing. But it turns out things could be worse — a lot worse. We could be Japan, whose unfolding demographic crisis provides some lessons for where America might be headed.”
In 2017, the United States saw the fewest babies born in 30 years, a stat that produced a lot of hand-wringing. But it…www.washingtonpost.com
A Tantalizing Threory from Stephen King’s Son: Shark Thriller ‘Jaws’ Holds the Clue to an Unsolved 1974 Murder
by Isaac Stanley-Becker
“Two astonishing things happened on Cape Cod in the summer of 1974 . . . . One is that Steven Spielberg filmed Jaws, and [the] other is that someone murdered this woman in the dunes outside Provincetown and got away with it.”
August 7, 2018 The worlds he conjures are full of terror and mischief. One of the novellas in his latest book, "Strange…www.washingtonpost.com
Clutter and Depression Go Hand In Hand
by Becky Mansfield
“If you are thinking about how your house is cluttered … this is the time that you aren’t spending living your life. Once you are able to free yourself from the burden of these extra physical things, the ones that seem [to] tie us down, we can let them go and have more time to spend on enjoying life.”
Do you ever feel like clutter is weighing you down? It can be any kind of clutter: physical or emotional. I found help…www.yourmodernfamily.com
How Facebook Borrows from the NSA Playbook
by Trevor Timm
“In hiding what it was doing from its users and in the underhanded ways it has justified its invasive actions after the fact, Facebook seems to have drawn directly from the NSA’s playbook.”
The social media giant misleads the American people using tactics ripped straight from the surveillance agencymedium.com
Why I Didn’t Answer Your Email
by KJ Dell’Antonia
“I snuggled my youngest son at bedtime . . . even though your email was calling, and some part of me wanted to pull away from the tedium of bedtime and reply. Replying would have felt fresh and new, while bedtime felt old and stale, although it has grown far less demanding of late, with no more reading out loud and no more splashing baths, many of which I spent answering emails, which was fine, because there were so many bedtimes and so many baths, so very, very many of them, until suddenly there weren’t . . .”
Because my inbox will always be waiting for me, but my children will not. I'm 47 years old. Two days ago, you sent me an…www.nytimes.com
For more great articles, see last month’s selection: Nazis, Bad Books, and Birds That Steal Your Children.
J.L. Pattison is the author of The Island and Saving Kennedy. When not reading Internet articles he’s busy turning coffee into books at JLPattison.com.