This week — Pablo Escobar’s legacy, the rise of Wetherspoon’s, the stories hidden in Germany’s street names, and the future of journalism.
If you only read one thing — The New York Times on overlooked obituaries is worth the time.
Overlooked // The New York Times // Life
An initiative by The New York Times aiming to address the imbalance of coverage in their obituary section starts with profiles of fifteen women who were overlooked at the time of their death. The set includes remarkable figures from many walks of life — from great writers such as Charlotte Brontë and Sylvia Plath, to the early civil rights campaigner and journalist Ida B. Wells, and to Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were taken from her body without permission and used for medical research.
The Afterlife of Pablo Escobar // The New Yorker // Crime
The controversial and bloody legacy of the world’s most famous drug trafficker remains a profitable business for many, including some members of his family and former associates.
How Wetherspoon’s Conquered Britain // Esquire // Business
This is the sort of business profile usually reserved for tech unicorns. It turns out that this billion pound company, built by selling a vast volume of cheap pints (and coffees, and curries, and breakfasts), shares many similarities with Silicon Valley disruptors. It starts with a maverick founder and a relentless culture of innovation and competition, leads to the criticism that inevitably comes with scale, and ends up with the mixing of business and politics.
Streetscapes — Mozart, Marx and a Dictator // Die Zeit // Society
Die Zeit created a database of over 450,000 street names in Germany. This resulting analysis, complete with illuminating visualisations, provides insights into Germany’s social and political history.
The Tortoise and the Share // BBC // Culture
Amol Rajan, BBC Media Editor and former Editor of The Independent, delivered this lecture on the future of journalism, aptly summarised in the subhead as “How to Save Journalism (from Itself)”.