Wu Wanders & Wonders

Sonder (n.) the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with his/her own ambitions, friends, routines, worries, and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you (Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows)



Potent minimalist art sends a strong message about police and vigilante brutality in America

Journalist and artist Shirin Barghi has created a gripping, thought-provoking series of graphics that not only examines racial prejudice in today’s America, but also captures the sense of humanity that often gets lost in news coverage. Titled “Last Words,” the graphics illustrate the last recorded words by Brown and other young black people — Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and others — who have been killed by police in recent years.

Let us not forget their voices


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Shopgirls - The New Yorker

Quite an open exploration of a society that is directly or indirectly a part of every day life in london

A New Kind of Spy - The New Yorker

A really interesting read

Unlivable Cities

I love visiting China but I definitely agree that it’s environmental issues will be a far greater obstacle to growth than people like to admit

The Curse of Reading and Forgetting - The New Yorker

Mario Vargas Llosa on the history and future of literature | New Republic

Reading isn’t a “hobby” as much as it is a part of the fabric of my life

Rodrigo Canales: The deadly genius of drug cartels | Talk Video | TED.com

The drug wars in Mexico have taken as many lives as the Syrian conflict and are all aimed at building the most incredible supply chain in the world that delivers any average Joe in the US or UK whatever drug he wants within an hour of sending a text

No Time to Think - NYTimes.com

A little ironic that I read these types of articles to think about thinking…

“Much of Hamlet is about the precise kind of slippage the mourner experiences: the difference between being and seeming, the uncertainty about how the inner translates into the outer, the sense that one is expected to perform grief palatably. (If you don’t seem sad, people worry; but if you are grief-stricken, people flinch away from your pain.)”


Meghan O’Rourke on how Hamlet can helps us through grief and despair.

O’Rourke’s moving memoir of losing her mother is a must-read for anyone who has ever lost a loved one or ever will – which is just about all of us capable of love.

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You’re probably not getting enough sleep, but you might not be as far off the mark as you think. Most sleep experts would offer that aiming for between seven to nine hours of snooze time a night is optimal for feeling refreshed and productive the next day. In a new report, however … researchers are closing in on what may just be that magic nightly number—and it’s not nine hours, or even eight as once believed… it’s seven hours of sleep.

The usual caveats apply, and these findings should be taken with a grain of salt. But the results are interesting—especially if you’re the kind of person who struggles with sluggishness throughout the day.

"The lowest mortality and morbidity is with seven hours," [says] Shawn Youngstedt, a professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University Phoenix… "Eight hours or more has consistently been shown to be hazardous."


Intriguing new study on the optimal amount of sleep. But that grain of salt can’t be overstated given the wide variation of “chronotypes” and internal time.

Also see the science of what actually happens while you sleep and how it affects your every waking moment.

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