The Reading List – October 2018

Presented for your amusement and intellectual enrichment: the best pieces of writing the Octopus Group Copy Team have read in the past month. Be inspired, disgusted, entertained, or a combination of the three.

Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, and the Rule of Pampered Princelings (Naomi Klein, The Intercept)

How forgiving is America of failure? Incredibly forgiving, according to one billionaire hedge fund manager. An in-depth exploration into the myth of the self-made man (‘a small loan of a million dollars…’). Read it now!

Getting sacked was a shock but not a surprise (Lynn Barber, The Spectator)

The Sunday Times recently binned off their lead interview writer, Lynn Barber. Here she talks with refreshing honesty about going freelance aged 74, editor relationships and lunch. Read it now!

British compassion saved my life. It can save our politics too (Alf Dubs, The Guardian)

Alf Dubs, Labour Party peer and former MP, arrived in London via the Kindertransport operation in 1939. A Jewish refugee, fleeing the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia. He talks here about his contribution to the cross-party initiative aiming to put ‘compassion, empathy, and cooperation’ back into the heart of British politics. Read it now!

A store had to move thousands of books. So a human chain was formed (Yonette Joseph, New York Times)

250 volunteers turned up and formed a human chain to help a 40-year-old book shop in Southampton (UK, not USA!) move to a new premises. Apparently we’re not the only ones who found this hugely endearing, as the news made its way all the way to the New York Times. Read it now!