What I’m Reading Now

29 Jul

Hey, it’s summertime in Buffalo, where both irony and cynicism are dead. So, I have nothing to tell you except to point you in the direction of things I’ve been reading lately: 

1. Kyiv Post: Pro-Ukraine English-language compendium of news & views about the Ukraine – Russia war.

2. Skift.com: AOL shut Gadling down, and Skift acquired it. While Gadling.com is still more or less silent, Skift has some good travel articles, despite it’s hilariously annoying pop-ups. Clicking on messages like “No I don’t want to hear about great deals” is the way you shut them down. 

3. 20 Committee: Military & foreign affairs blog written by John Schindler. Great insight into espionage, military and diplomatic tactics and strategy, and especially on-point with respect to Kremlinology. 

4. The War Room: in particular, this article about the Kremlin’s unusual panic. 

5. Reddit’s Front Page: see everything that will be in your Facebook feed two days in advance. See Buzzfeed listicles a week in advance. (Also the Buffalo Subreddit). 

6. Daily Banter: Lefty news blog that’s unusually sharp and often funny. 

7. Salon: It busts through the BS. Example. Example 2

I recently finished Robyn Doolittle’s excellent book about Rob Ford, “Crazy Town” – I’d recommend picking up the paperback, which has updated information. I have Ian Kershaw’s “The End”, which outlines the final days of Hitler’s Germany to read on vacation, and will likely grab something else. 

And Monday, I recorded this podcast with Chris Smith and Brad Riter, where we discuss society’s penchant for demanding insincere apologies and ending of careers over insults and outrages. 

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer break. 

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7 Responses to “What I’m Reading Now”

  1. Earl Gonzalez July 29, 2014 at 7:50 am #

    Who cares what you are reading? Maybe this post can degrade to another discussion about propaganda.

  2. Peter_A_Reese July 29, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

    Wow this is fascinating! And it does knock Paul Wolf’s critique of Cuomo off the top of the Blog.

  3. jimd54 July 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    Alan I really enjoy your podcasts with Brad Riter and I wish I heard more from Chris Smith. Trending Buffalo is unavailable, any idea why?

    • Alan Bedenko July 29, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

      Not sure. It seems to be working for me. And thank you!

      • jimd54 July 30, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

        Alan, you hit on a topic I find fascinating when you wondered out loud why a person would stick around someone who mistreats them. Dysfunctional enmeshment that poses as a relationship has gotten to crisis stage in my opinion. And is why the divorce rate is so high and kids are getting kind of fucked up.

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