Journal 114 — football in Iran, pieces by and about Anthony Bourdain, a short history of automata & a suspected Russian intelligence asset

Iran fans at their 2014 World Cup match against Nigeria

This week — football in Iran, pieces by and about Anthony Bourdain, and a short history of automata.

If you only read one thing — The Atlantic on a suspected Russian intelligence asset is worth the time.


The Astonishing Tale of the Man Mueller Calls ‘Person A’ | The Atlantic | Politics

Straight from the pages of a Cold War thriller, this is the story of Konstantin Kilimnik, the long time right-hand man to Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign Chairman. Kilimnik is now believed to have been an asset of Russian intelligence for a significant portion of his career as a consultant to a range of figures in international politics and business. Robert Mueller’s enquiry charged him on June 8th with two charges relating to obstruction of justice. For more on his former boss Manafort, see these from previous Journal editions — &

Anthony Bourdain’s Moveable Feast | The New Yorker | Life

A 2017 profile of the much loved broadcaster and writer Anthony Bourdain, who died this week.

Don’t Eat Before Reading This | The New Yorker | Life

The 1999 piece that helped launch Anthony Bourdain’s career as a writer and broadcaster. In it, he offered readers the inside track on the restaurant industry, warts and all. It was apparently sent in to the magazine as an unsolicited manuscript.

A Journey into the Wild, Complex and Unique World of Football in Iran | Bleacher Report | Sport

As is so often the case with sport, this piece on football in Iran contains numerous insights about society and politics, as women fight to be allowed to to attend matches, players face sanctions for making political statements, and the game is buffeted by revolution and regime change. Amidst all this, the passion of the fans is as intense as anywhere else in the world.

The Marvelous Automata of Antiquity | JSTOR Daily | History

A piece looking at mechanical automata and their owners, from Mark Anthony to Anne Boleyn — evidence perhaps of humanity’s enduring interest in artificial intelligence and robotics.


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