This week — the Hawaiian missile false alarm, the history of the guillotine, Hong Kong’s booksellers, and the design of modern cruise ships.
If you only read one thing — The New Yorker on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is worth the time.
A Saudi Prince’s Quest to Remake the Middle East | The New Yorker | Politics
A detailed and deftly drawn profile of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. The story deals with his rapid rise to power, his manoeuvrings in regional politics, and his apparently extensive backroom diplomacy with the Trump administration and the United Arab Emirates.
The dizzying story of Symphony of the Seas, the largest and most ambitious cruise ship ever built | Wired | Business
A story looking at the sheer complexity and scale involved in designing the floating cities that make up modern cruise ships.
The Real Story of the Hawaiian Missile Crisis | GQ | Life
A story investigating what happens when over a million people get a mobile phone notification suggesting they have minutes left to live.
The Bloody Family History of the Guillotine | The Paris Review | History
This piece examines the history of the guillotine and of France’s hereditary role of executioner — both inextricably entwined with the events of the French Revolution.
The Case of Hong Kong’s Missing Booksellers | The New York Times | Society
This piece sheds light on the dangerous work of Hong Kong’s booksellers. They played a significant role for many decades as an outlet for the politics of mainland China, but they are now facing increasing pressure from its government.