Journal 141 — General Electric in rough waters, Robert Mueller, Sheryl Sandberg’s image problem, Agatha Christie, and cutting edge brain technology

A sign at a Women’s March in San Francisco in 2018

This week — an analysis of General Electric, a profile of Robert Mueller, an assessment of Sheryl Sandberg’s image, and a look at the work of Agatha Christie.

If you only read one thing — The New Yorker on cutting edge technology allowing people to control machines with their brains is worth the time.

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How to Control a Machine with Your Brain | The New Yorker | Science

A great story about a decades long scientific quest to create technology allowing humans to control machines with their minds. It’s also a deeply personal narrative about Jan Scheuermann, the quadriplegic woman who took great risks to be the first to test the nascent technology.

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GE Powered the American Century — Then It Burned Out | Wall St Journal | Business

A fascinating, deeply reported corporate history of General Electric, the iconic company of the American Century, and its journey into rough waters.

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Robert Mueller, the Master Of Silence | GQ | Politics

A look at the career of the Special Prosecutor assessing Russian influence in the 2016 US Election, and his tactical silence in his latest, and perhaps greatest, battle.

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The Rise, Lean, And Fall Of Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg | Buzzfeed News | Business

A profile of Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, as her public image takes a buffeting following a series of scandals.

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The Case of Agatha Christie | The London Review of Books | Culture

A piece asking why Agatha Christie is, as her estate claims, the best-selling author of all time, and why writers endure. The author has this to say — “Her work is a cocktail of orderly settings and deep malignity, of comfiness and coldness, and at its heart it asks one of the most basic questions of all, modernity’s recurring preoccupation: who are you?”

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