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this is volume 46

The Sunday Reader
The Narinan, Travis, Astrology, Life After Vine, Dave Chappelle, Reputations, Nazi Hunting, Goodnight Moon, & Bitcoin (Again) 

Never Grow Up?
Adolescence Now Lasts from 10-24 Years Old? -@BBC
General Specific.
ArchPorn.
//NL Throwback Interview
The Philosophy of a Sailboat Captain Living on the Mediterranean

A former shoe designer talks of the wisdom gained by living under the stars and on the sea off the coast of...wherever he wants to be.
  by Eric Newcomer & Brad Stone
 15 mins
The Fall of Travis Kalanick Was A Lot Weirder And Darker Than You Thought
Silicon Valley CEOs are supposed to be sacrosanct. So how did it all go wrong at Uber?


  by Julie Beck
 15 mins
The New Age of Astrology
In a stressful, data-driven era, many young people find comfort and insight in the zodiac—even if they don’t exactly believe in it.


   by Ann Derrick-Gaillot
 14 mins
Life After Vine
From Vine superstar (whatever that meant), to car dealership salesperson.


  by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah
 35 mins
If He Hollers Let Him Go
Semi-Retro, 2013: Searching for Dave Chappelle ten years after he left his show.


  by Andy Greenberg
 13 mins
Reputation Game: How to Control The Way We Appear In The Eyes of Others
From Harvey Weinstein to Taylor Swift, celebrities have become their own PR agents – and we are following their lead.


   by Stav Ziv 
 21 mins
The Last Nazi Hunter
Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff has spent four decades doggedly chasing Holocaust criminals, but when his pursuit led him to Lithuania, the fight got personal.


by Joshua Prager
 15 mins
Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Money
The author of the children's book Goodnight Moon, gave the rights of the book to a 9-year old neighbor in her will. He's earned over $5 million, but only has $27k left in cash. It's not a happy story.


 by Steve Johnson
 15 mins
Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble
Yes, it’s driven by greed — but the mania for cryptocurrency could wind up building something much more important than wealth.
Editor's Note:
For the past week and a half, I've been in New Delhi, India and Bhutan -- two countries relatively close by proximity and world's away by matters of overall development and economic ambition. Known for it's philosophy of "Gross National Happiness," Bhutan is a primarily Buddhist kingdom in the valleys of the Eastern Himalayas. With a tax paid daily by tourists, the country funnels a percentage back to fund healthcare and education for its citizens. No one goes without food or shelter, our guide constantly insisted.

It is easily one of, if not, the most unique and beautiful places I've traveled. With monasteries tucked high in the peaks of mountains, world-class hiking and trekking, and yes, a generally content group of locals, it's population was only recently introduced to major technologies - the TV & Internet in 99', and the smartphone in 03'. One need not observe too closely to see the electric pull of mobile tech already doing it's thing.

Monks walk with smartphones in hand or immediately by their side as they read ancient scripture in centuries-old temples. Our guide cursed the "fake masters" who drive Range Rovers instead of giving to the less fortunate and griped of drug use adoption correlating with the introduction of Hollywood movies (pass the grass, man). And still, on average, it did appear to be a "happier" place despite maintaining 3rd world country status. Strangers default to a smile, and all feels as safe as one can feel in a distant and different land.
 
For me, these complex juxtapositions and transitional indicators are what makes Bhutan a unique and special place to visit, just as much as the desire to see first-hand the product of the Ted-Talked about Gross National Happiness. Is it all an evolution, or a de-evolution? That question alone is worth traveling to Bhutan to experience and ponder... 

-Nick West
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