What I Read This Week - 25th February

All the Time in the World (Rachel Sussman at Brain Pickings)

The mystery endures, but the fact remains: on January 16, 2012 The Senator collapsed and died, engulfed in flames. It was 3,500 years old.

Is Seclusion the Enemy? (Cara Waterfall)

Sometimes, all the padlocks and locks, the closures and enclosures, the blockades and barricades — they seem like they are there to keep me in as much as they are to keep others out.

Cara has recently moved to Côte d'Ivoire, and I find her dispatches poignant; it's interesting (and, I think, somewhat rare) to get this kind of very honest, ground-level, as-it-happens account of trying to settle in somewhere new and strange.

What We Can Learn From Urban Nostalgia (Charles R. Wolfe at the Atlantic Cities)

In 1980’s "The Necessity for Ruins," landscape essayist J.B. Jackson explained that such leftover edifices often inspire us "to restore the world around us to something like its former beauty.” I've often written of Jackson's advocacy for the use of ruins - not for what we now call "urban exploration" of abandoned places, but to reclaim what worked before.

Tumbling on success: How Tumblr's David Karp built a £500 million empire (Tom Cheshire at Wired)

It had been Chris's first time using Tumblr. "My understanding was that it was an image-sharing platform," he says. "I was vaguely aware that it was hipsterish."

I find it increasingly amazing that, a few years ago, we were there. I think we basically invited ourselves over, and Ben played a few songs, and then we had some sandwiches at a long table in the office. It was a nice afternoon, if somewhat surreal in retrospect.

Twitter, NPR's Morning Edition, and Dreams of Flatland (Matthew Battles at metaLAB)

Here’s the thing: Twitter is part of the “real world.” The Internet is part of the world