The Books They Carried by Peter Jon Lindberg
Excuse Us While We Kiss the Sky by Matthew Power
How to Spend 47 Hours on a Train and Not Go Crazy by Nathaniel Rich
The Luckiest Village in the World by Michael Paterniti
An interview with Chris Hadfield by Emma Brockes
Stranded on the Roof of the World by Mike Finkel
On the Trail with the First Skiers by Mark Jenkins
America the Marvelous by A. A. Gill
Now We Are Five by David Sedaris
First Australians by Mike Finkel
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How to Be Polite by Paul Ford
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How to Disagree by Paul Graham
by Lindy West
How to Spend 47 Hours on a Train and Not Go Crazy
by Nathaniel Rich
by A.J. Jacobs
by Jim Behrle
by Sarah Miller
by Frank Bures
by Joshua Foer
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Since it launched in 2012 Aeon has been putting out some of the best writing on the web. We went through their archive and picked out out favourites so far:
Not Nothing by Stephen Cave - Should we worry about killing insects?
How to Choose? by Michael Schulson - Why random decisions are sometimes better than informed choices
The Origin of Laughter, Smiles and Tears by Michael Graziano - What our most distincitve facial expressions tell us about evolution
The Great Forgetting by Kristin Ohlson - Why we forget the first few years of our lives
The Reality Show by Mike Jay - Schizophrenics used to see spirits. Now they talk about hidden cameras – and make a lot of sense
Endless Fun by Michael Graziano - What will happen when we upload ourselves?
Cyborg Dreams by Tom Chatfield - Gadgets are the first thing we touch in the morning and the last thing we stroke at night. Are we their slaves?
The Vegans Have Landed by Rhys Southan - Are vegan ethics really about animal rights?
The vegan carnivore? by Julian Baggini - When we can grow meat in a lab, what will happen to vegetarians?
Omens by Ross Andersen - What will humanity look like millions of years from now?
The Wait of the World by Dava Sobel - How, for the first time in history, time could become disconnected from the turning of the earth
One More Time by Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis - The alchemy of repetition and the genesis of music
I Type, Therefore I Am by Tom Chatfield - How an explosion of text is changing the way we write
This World is Enough by John Quiggin - We have the resources, if we are willing to use them the right way
Enter Halophytes by Mark Anderson - How saltwater plants could be the food of our future
Ad Nauseam by Adam Corner - How the advertising world hacked the consumer backlash
The American Cloud by Venkatesh Rao - What really goes on under America’s hood?
A Raccoon of my Own by Lauren Slater - On homesickness, animals and growing up
Homelands by Charles Crawford - On the balkanisation of the… errr… Balkans
The Obesity Era by David Berreby - Is weight gain a personal issue or a global phenomenon?
Nostalgia on Repeat by Chuck Klosterman - On the amazing ability of music to transport us into the past
One More Time by Elizabeth Margulis - The fascinating psychology of music and how repeated sounds create music in our minds
How Headphones Changed the World by Derek Thompson - A short philosophical history of personal music
The Soundtrack of Your Life by David Owen - Inside Muzak, a company with deep knowledge of how music affects us
Seduced by ‘Perfect’ Pitch by Lessley Anderson - How Auto-Tune took over the world of pop
What Makes Us Happy? by Joshua Wolf Shenk - Is there a formula for a happy life?
The Futile Pursuit of Happiness by Jon Gertner - Why we are so bad at predicting what will make us happy
There’s More to Life Than Being Happy by Emily Smith - Is trying too hard to be happy making us unhappy?
Happiness is a Glass Half Empty by Oliver Burkeman - How seeing clouds rather than silver lines could make you happier
The Truth About Money by Gregg Easterbrook - We have more of it than effer before, so why aren’t we any happier?
Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed by David Cain - Does human misery keep the wheels of commerce turning?
Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy by ? - Happiness = reality - expectations
Joy by Zadie Smith
Thanksgiving in Mongolia by Ariel Levy
Seeing the Speed of Sound by Rachel Kolb
What Lies Beneath by William Langewiesche
Forty Thoughts on a Fourth Daughter by Mark Oppenheimer
The Old Man at Burning Man by Wells Tower
Wildcatting by Susan Elizabeth Shephard
The Ghost Writes Back by Amy Boesky
The Devil’s Bait By Leslie Jamison
Company Man by David Sedaris
What is the Monkeysphere? by David Wong - What can monkeys teach us about crime, racism and even spam?
Are Your Friends Making You Fat? by Clive Thompson - Could behaviour be contagious?
The Social Cell by Daniel Dennett - What do debutante balls, the Japanese tea ceremony, Ponzi schemes and doubting clergy all have in common?
We Aren’t the World by Ethan Watters - Why the people we study may be giving us a skewed picture of how our minds work
Why We’re Sometimes Kind Without Reason by Charles Montgomery - How the physical world affects our behaviour
Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed by David Cain - Why the modern world is so great at making us spend
The Gollum Effect by Venkat Rao - Is Gollum the perfect consumer?
Ad nauseam by Adam Corner - How advertisers are anti-consumerism to make us consume more
Consumer Vertigo by Virginia Postrel - Is there such a thing as too much choice?
Inconspicuous Consumption by Virgina Postrel - How race and social class affect the way we spend
Sweatpants in Paradise by Molly Young - On the rise of the ‘immersive’ shopping
Nothing Grows Forever by Clive Thompson - How can the world sustian 7 billion people? We need to stop buying so much stuff
How Target Knows Your Secrets by Charles Duhigg - Can your shopping habits tell a company that you’r pregnant before you know it yourself??
Selling Out by David McRaney - How status drives consumerism and the capitalist economy
Proceed to Checkout by Dan Ariely - How online companies get you to share more and spend more
Mixed Feelings by Sunny Bains - How researchers and technology can hack our senses to create completely new ways of experiencing the world
The Blind Man Who Learned To See by Michael Finkel - The fascinating story of a man who is helping blind people to see using echolocation
Master of illusion by Ed Yong - How a neuroscientist from Stockholm can use mannequins, rubber arms and virtual reality to transport you outside your own body
Sense and Sensitivity by Andrea Bartz - Is it possible that some people’s senses are more acute than others, and that are our attitudes towards sensitivity are misguided?
The Possibilian by Burkhard Bilger - How the subtlest shift in perception can create whole a new way of seeing the world
Love by Lauren Slater - The amazing psychology of love
True Love by Haruki Murakami - On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning
This is Emo by Chuck Klosterman - Did Hollywood kill ture love?
Crazy Love by Steven Pinker - Does falling in love make us lose our minds?
Liking Is for Cowards by Jonathan Franzen - Is out love of likes destorying our ability to love?