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Sunday Morning Reading: August 28, 2011

By Martie Hevia | Blue Beach Song™

One of my great pleasures is waking up early on a Sunday morning, sitting in my favorite big comfy chair, with a hot cup of café-con-leche (a.k.a., café-au-lait, latté, or plain old coffee with cream and sugar), and reading an eclectic collection of articles from all kinds of magazines and newspapers. (And if you can throw in some soft skies on a drizzly cool day, with a warm fire in the fireplace, I am in heaven.)

When I have the time, or if I remember to do it, I try to share some of these great articles on my Twitter account (, but it never occurred to me that I should share these articles on my blog… until today.

Why not? You all read my blog posts because you enjoy reading and hopefully because you find what I write worthy of being read. And I suspect a great many of you share a similar ritual as mine. It may not be on a Sunday morning, and your reading may not necessarily be accompanied by a cup of coffee and a comfy chair, but I bet you have some similar type of ritual for indulging your reading passion.

So, I’ve decided to start a weekly blog post with a list of some of my Sunday morning reading material… and I hope you will share yours, along with your favorite reading rituals!

Whatever your rituals may be, here is this Sunday morning’s reading list. I hope you find these articles informative, interesting or entertaining. Enjoy!

Sunday Morning Reading: August 28, 2011

(Click on the Article’s Title)

  • Can the Middle Class Be Saved?” by Don Peck, The Atlantic Magazine, September 2011 | Income inequality usually shrinks during a recession, but in the Great Recession, it didn’t.
  • How the World Failed Haiti” by Janet Reitman, Rolling Stone Magazine, August 2011 | A year and a half after the island was reduced to rubble by an earthquake, the world’s unprecedented effort to rebuild it has turned into a disaster of good intentions
  • 9/11: The Tapping Point” by David Rose, Vanity Fair Magazine, September 2011 | What if, two years before the 9/11 attacks—with the installation of a cell-phone-and-Internet system in Afghanistan—the U.S. had been handed complete access to al-Qaeda and Taliban calls and e-mails? A secret deal was in place in 1999, the author reveals, but Washington dropped the ball.
  • Rebel Rebel” by Daniel Mendelsohn, The New Yorker Magazine, August 2011 | Arthur Rimbaud’s brief career.
  • Why Are Finland’s Schools Successful?” by LynNell Hancock, Smithsonian Magazine, September 2011 | The country’s achievements in education have other nations doing their homework.
  • Why Is It So Hard to Find a Suicide Bomber These Days?” by Charles Kurzman, Foreign Policy Magazine, September/October 2011 | A decade after 9/11, the mystery is not why so many Muslims turn to terror — but why so few have joined al Qaeda’s jihad.
  • Under the Table” by Julia Cooke, Guernica Magazine, August 2011 | An American living in Cuba discovers Havana’s black-market epicurean scene.
  • The Informants” by Trevor Aaronson, Mother Jones Magazine, September/October 2011 | The FBI has built a massive network of spies to prevent another domestic attack. But are they busting terrorist plots—or leading them?
  • Why Software Is Eating the World” by Marc Andreessen, The Wall Street Journal, August 20, 2011 | We are in the middle of a dramatic and broad technological and economic shift in which software companies are poised to take over large swathes of the economy.

Happy reading and I hope you enjoy the articles. -Martie

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One Comment leave one →
  1. 2011-August-28 10:44 PM

    I like the idea of coffee and a comfy chair and having the time to catch up with your reading. I am going to read some of the articles you have directed us to. Thank you.

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