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Long Way Home
Danny MacAskill cycled from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye; the long way. The music, setting and filming make this film. I can’t help with setting and production, but here’s the music:
My Reading Mixtape
Longreads.com are currently curating individuals’ Top 5 favourite long-form articles. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed long-form journalism throughout 2010, and thought I would contribute some select articles I’ve read during the year.
Without further ado, and in no particular order:
- Print Biography of Usain Bolt, Mutant [Esquire] t:37mins
In just two years, he has demolished the 100-meter dash world records with times that are superhuman — literally thirty years ahead of what they historically should be. So what if the greatest athlete alive decided to actually get serious?
- The Fifty-Nine Story Crisis [The New Yorker] t:30mins
On a warm June day in 1978, William J. LeMessurier, one of the nation’s leading structural engineers, received a phone call at his headquarters, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from an engineering student in New Jersey. The young man, whose name has been lost in the swirl of subsequent events, said that his professor had assigned him to write a paper on the Citicorp tower, the slash-topped silver skyscraper that had become, on its completion in Manhattan the year before, the seventh-tallest building in the world.
- Stealing Mona Lisa [Vanity Fair] t:26mins
The shocking theft of the Mona Lisa, in August 1911, appeared to have been solved 28 months later, when the painting was recovered. In an excerpt from their new book, the authors suggest that the audacious heist concealed a perfect—and far more lucrative—crime.
- The Suicide Catcher [GQ] t:35mins
In the rapidly modernizing, constantly churning city of Nanjing, China, there is a legendary bridge, four miles long, where day after day, week after week, the desperate and melancholy and tormented come to end their lives. Most end up in the Yangtze River, 130 feet below. But some do not meet their maker. They meet someone else. They are pulled back from the brink—sometimes violently—by an odd and unlikely angel.
- Flying the SR-71 Blackbird [vfp62] t:12mins
The SR-71 was an expensive aircraft to operate. The most significant cost was tanker support, and in 1990, confronted with budget cutbacks, the Air Force retired the SR-71. The Blackbird had outrun nearly 4,000 missiles, not once taking a scratch from enemy fire.
This picture was taken when I visited the Buddhist Monastery of Ki. Ki is a tiny village in the middle of the Himalayas, and next to it is Ki Gompa (Ki Monastery). I lived with the monks for about a week, and this picture reflects the peaceful, almost heavenly atmosphere that characterizes this place. The Monastery is almost 4,000 meters high, and I had to climb almost 500 meters more to get this panorama. This place is a touch of heaven.
Part of the National Geographic 2010 photography contest.
NORMAN ROCKWELL AMERICANA
Simply no one captures the idealism and essence of vintage Americana like Norman Rockwell. You can generously apply all the cliche descriptors enthusiastically, and without remorse — EPIC, ICONIC, etc. — because never have they been more appropriate.
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