– Robin Marantz Henig en el Magazine del New York Times: “The Last Day of Her Life“. When Sandy Bem found out she had Alzheimer’s, she resolved that before the disease stole her mind, she would kill herself. The question was, when?
– Matthew en Esquire: “The Friend“. His wife was just thirty-four. They had two little girls. The cancer was everywhere, and the parts of dying that nobody talks about were about to start. His best friend came to help out for a couple weeks. And he never left.
– Joshua Rothman en The New Yorker: “Anatomy of error“. A surgeon remembers his mistakes. Hay una larga tradición de médicos escritores y de médicos que escriben sobre sus errores. Henry Marsh reflexiona sobre ellos, sobre sentimientos y sobre cómo se supone que los suyos deben estar siempre muy por detrás de los sentimientos de los pacientes.
– Sebastian Junger en Vanity Fair: “How PTSD Became a Problem Far Beyond the Battlefield“. Mucho después de volver de Afganistán, estando un día en el metro, pensó que iba a morir. Nunca había pasado tanto miedo.
– Ashlee Vance en Bloomberg: “Elon Musk’s Space Dream Almost Killed Tesla“. SpaceX started with a plan to send mice to Mars. It got crazier from there. Ojo a esta que es quizás la mejor historia que he leído este año. El inicio es básicamente insuperable: “In late October 2001, Elon Musk went to Moscow to buy an intercontinental ballistic missile”. Lean, lean.
– Tad Friend en The New Yorker: “Tomorrow’s advance man“. Marc Andreessen’s plan to win the future
– Un obituario en The Economist: “Brian Beedham, the pipe-smoking warrior“. For nearly all the 25 years leading up to the collapse of communism in 1989, two intellects dominated the pages of The Economist. They were Norman Macrae, as deputy editor, and Brian Beedham, as foreign editor. Their marks were influential, enduring—and quite different. Norman, who died in 2010, relished iconoclasm, and original ideas sprang like a fountain from his effervescent mind. Brian, bearded, tweed-jacketed and pipe-smoking (or pipe-poking), held ideas that were more considered. It was he who provided the paper’s attitude to the post-war world.
– Timothy Snyder en Eurozine: “When Stalin was Hitler’s ally“. As Russia revives the tradition of wars of aggression on European territory, Vladimir Putin has chosen to rehabilitate the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact as good foreign policy. But why violate now what was for so long a Soviet taboo? Timothy Snyder explains.