The Wednesday Curator – 4/22/15

April 21, 2015

Jessica T. Mathews wrote The New Deal for the May 7 issue of the New York Review of Books. The piece smartly analyzes the Iran nuclear deal. Its subheading on the home page—Consider the alternatives—speaks most loudly about why the deal makes sense. (For a more entertaining and still very thorough analysis of elements of the Iran nuclear situation, watch The Jon Stewart Mysteries Presents: The Case of the Iranian Agent!)

One hundred years ago there was genocide in the Ottoman Empire, with Turks wiping out a huge number of Armenians. Raffi Khatchadourian wrote Remembering the Armenian Genocide for the New Yorker today.

James Fallows is a terrific writer. Here’s a two-parter from The Atlantic in the last few days: Nice Downtowns: How Did They Get That Way? and More on Nice Downtowns: Do They Just Happen? Or Are They Made? They’re part of City Makers: American Futures by James Fallows, with help from Deborah Fallows, his wife. If you think cities matter, read these pieces!

Richard Starkey aka Ringo Starr was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the last few days. Stephen Rodrick wrote Being Ringo: A Beatle’s All-Starr Life for Rolling Stone on April 15. Fun stuff!

Do you think you know everything you need to know about sandwiches? I thought I did, until I read A Field Guide to the American Sandwich by Sam Sifton for the New York Times. It’s thorough, informative, and has beautiful photographs. Here are two beautiful sandwiches:

Banh Mi from  Ba Xuyen in Brooklyn

Banh Mi from Ba Xuyen in Brooklyn

Pork Tenderloin from Smitty's in Des Moines

Pork Tenderloin from Smitty’s in Des Moines

On my next excursion to San Diego I’m for sure going to be eating in El Centro. “El Centro,” you say. “What, at the Carl’s Jr.?” No, I’ll be sampling the Chinese-Mexican cuisine. Read The Chinese-Mexican Cuisine Born of U.S. Prejudice—by Lisa Morehouse for NPR on April 16—for details.

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