Flying Cars, Isis, Libraries, Execution, Votes, n+1

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The Flying Car Takes Off

Henry Foy | Financial Times | 25th April 2015 | | Read with 1Pass

They promised us flying cars — and they kept the promise; a flying car comes to market, built by two Slovaks who hatched the idea in communist times as a means for escaping to the West. "No longer or wider than a standard five-door Bentley, it drives along the road like a space-age roadster. It flies through the skies like a private jet. And if everything goes to plan, it could be in customers’ garages within two years" (2,025 words)

Gone Girl: An American In ISIS

Ellie Hall | Buzzfeed | 17th April 2015

The story of Hoda, a 20-year-old American student brought up in suburban Alabama who was radicalised over the internet, got on a plane, and is now a fighter's widow with Isis in Syria. Her "deeply religious" Muslim father says she was brainwashed. She says not. “Everyone’s parents or family members says that about those who have come here. To that I say: Fear Allah, fear Allah with what you accuse us of” (4,595 words)

Imagined Libraries Of The Future

Anthony Mandal | The Conversation | 13th April 2015

The library is one of fiction's favourite tropes. "Silent stretches of volumes ready to offer up innumerable secrets" have inspired Umberto Eco and J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Pratchett and Jorge Luis Borges. But what of centuries to come when knowledge is digital? Will the imagined libraries of the future be ruins, like the “ancient monument of an intellectual age” which baffles the traveller in H.G. Wells's Time Machine? (1,250 words)

States Re-Adopt “Gruesome” Execution Methods

Andrew Jerell Jones | The Intercept | 21st April 2015

The shortage of lethal injection doses which can be obtained by states in the US which use the death penalty has forced prison authorities to search the grisly alternatives. This has brought back a method of execution long thought to have been consigned to history books: the firing squad. The state of Utah executed one prisoner who chose a firing squad over other possible ways to die. Other states don't offer choices. (962 words)

Should 16-Year-Olds Vote?

Claire Fox & Oliver Sidorczuk | Prospect | 23rd April 2015

A discussion, prompted by the British general election. In Britain the minimum voting age is 18 — but for last year's Scottish independence referendum the voting age was lowered to 16. What if the voting age were lowered to 16 in general elections also? A younger electorate might force politicians to focus more on the wants of the young — but only if the young turn out to vote as diligently as do the old (1,876 words)

Brief History Of A Small Office

Keith Gessen | n+1 | 12th January 2015

How to start a literary magazine with lots of talent but very little money. Find helpful people — and exploit them. "Those years were a constant exercise in begging, cajoling, subtly threatening, and otherwise getting people to do things they didn’t necessarily want to do. When asking for help we tended pretty systematically to underestimate how long it would take to perform a particular task — in short, we lied" (2,470 words)

Video of the day: 100 Years — Armenian Genocide

What to expect: Terrifying black-and-white cartoon by 2veinte, music by Brian Eno (3'35")

Thought for the day

Politics is opposed to morality, as philosophy is to naïveté
Emmanuel Levinas

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