– Ellen Barry en The New York Times: The Jungle Prince of Delhi. “For 40 years, journalists chronicled the eccentric royal family of Oudh, deposed aristocrats who lived in a ruined palace in the Indian capital. It was a tragic, astonishing story. But was it true?”. Probablemente la historia del mes. Por el tema, el trabajo, la cercanía, la sensibilidad.
– Bryan Box en The New Republic: Ghosts of War in a Wisconsin Forest. An Afghanistan veteran’s struggle with ecology and memory. Simplemente un párrafo de una pieza desgarradora: “Forests aren’t static; each one has disturbance regimes that reset them, segment by segment, until the whole thing is new again. I can’t get the time off work to drive two hours to the local VA frequently enough for mental health services, and the local civilian doctors are useless for combat trauma. Back home in Alaska, fire and beetles did the job. Here, we have periodic wind storms. A thunderstorm passed through today, dropping walnut-sized hail and blowing trees down around me. I thought I might die as I hid under a big sugar maple. I realized that I couldn’t remember precisely how many friends wound up in flag-draped coffins, but that more had died by suicide than from enemy action·.
– En The New York Times, Michael H. Keller y Gabriel J. X. Dance: Child Abusers Run Rampant as Tech Companies Look the Other Way. Though platforms bar child sexual abuse imagery on the web, criminals are exploiting gaps. Victims are caught in a living nightmare, confronting images again and again. “Ten years ago, when the two sisters were just 7 and 11, their father did the unthinkable: He and another man drugged and raped the 7-year-old. He posted photos and videos on the internet documenting violent assaults of the girls”.
– En El País, José Naranjo: El pueblo de las almas perdidas. Unos 400 jóvenes de Oussoubidiagna, en Malí, han muerto en el intento de llegar a Europa, pero sus familias sobreviven gracias a quienes lo lograron.
– Gary Cartwright en The Texas Monthly: Leroy’s Revenge. Animal lovers, don’t read this. El mundo violento, sangriento y cruel de un Cedar chopper. Y vaya inicio de texto: “Otis Crater was late for the fanciers’ organizational meeting at the Cherokee Lounge for good reason. He had just stabbed a U-Totem attendant following a discussion of the economic impact of a five-cent price increase on a six-pack of beer”.
– Gavin Francis en The Guardian: What I have learned from my suicidal patients. A GP has minutes to try to convince a person that life is worth living. It’s a challenge that brings rare rewards.
– En The Guardian, Rory Carroll y Mae Ryan: Extreme haunted house: inside the real life kingdom of masochists. At McKamey Manor, people pay to be kidnapped, bound, masked, slapped, stomped on and held under water over an eight-hour ‘tour’. But unlike other ‘extreme haunts’ of the same variety, here there’s no safe word to make it stop.
– Paul Kvinta en Outside: I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them. At a time of unprecedented mass extinctions, no animal epitomizes the global biodiversity free fall more than the Asian elephant. Paul Kvinta travels to Laos to visit a moon-shot project aimed at saving the country’s 400 remaining wild behemoths, investigate the strange underworld of wildlife trafficking—and make a very unexpected purchase.
– En el Magazine del WSJ (de hace un par de meses) J.R. Moehringer (el de Agassi y el Bar de las grandes esperanzas) sobre una de las estrellas de la NBA: “Kevin Durant’s New Headspace. “The Nets new star is focused on his recovery and elated to be coming to Brooklyn—so can everyone stop worrying about whether or not he’s happy? “We talk about mental health a lot. We only talk about it when it comes to players. We need to talk about it when it comes to executives, media, fans.”
– En Letras Libres, Ricardo Dudda entrevista a Branko Milanovic: ” El capitalismo está en su clímax y no en crisis”.
– Y para terminar, en El Mundo, Xavier Colás entrevista a Mustafá Nayem: El hombre que encendió la mecha de la revolución de Maidán: “Putin ha perdido Ucrania para siempre”. Impulsó las protestas de Maidán en 2013 a través de Facebook, convocando a reunirse en la plaza de la Independencia de Kiev. Hoy cree que mereció la pena: “Somos un país menos corrupto”.
Buen domingo a todos.