A wedding in the Bahamas and Memorial Day weekend have given me some time to catch up on New Yorkers. One of my favorite things about the magazine is that you can pick up an issue that is a year or more old, and several of the pieces will still be interesting and likely relevant. This timelessness is particularly handy due to the fact that a new issue comes to your mailbox each week and the average article probably takes thirty minutes to read.
I wanted to list the best articles here, so I could easily share. They are all only available to subscribers, but if you're not yet a subscriber, you should be.
- All Due Respect. An American journalist takes on the Yakuza. [subscribers]. A profile on a quirky American journalist who splits his time between engendering himself to and then exposing Yakuza. While the weird traits of Jake are interesting, the best part of this article is an inside look at the Yakuza, their customs, their history, and their dark side.
- The Secret of the Temple. The discovery of treasure worth billions of dollars shakes Southern India. [subscribers]. A look at a hard-charging Indian lawyer who tries to get to the secret of what lies below a temple in his region. It turns out to be billions of dollars, but what makes this real-life treasure tale even more interesting is all of the Indian history and culture woven into the story; for example, did you know that Deities are legally considered minors under the Indian Constitution?
- The Transition. LBJ and the events in Texas. [subscribers]. An excerpt from Robert Caro's penultimate book in his exhaustive look at LBJ's life and rise to power. This particular section focuses on the assassination of JFK in Dallas and the chaos before they returned to D.C. I found this article really touching and poignant -- a great look at what happened that day in Dallas and how it change LBJ and America forever.
- When Giants Fail. What business has learned from Clayton Christensen. [subscribers]. A profile of the Innovator's Dilemma article and the theory of disruption that that made him famous. I didn't know much at all about Christensen before this article, and I really enjoyed it. The story also does a great job of explaining how Christense came to his hallmark idea and how he has since applied it to every industry and even people's lives.
I hope you get a chance to check some of these out, and I look forward to hearing people's thoughts on them.