As we count down the days and hours until Christmas and the myriad versions of "Last Christmas" playing on the car radio, you might need a short break from the carols and eggnog and wrapping paper. That's what we're here for.
Collected below is the latest set of Great Reads, as curated by Papergreat's crack staff. This time around, they're sorted by Serious and Not So Serious, so that you quickly find something that suits your mood, and skip the heavy stuff if desired.
Not So Serious
- Atlas Obscura: "In 1562 Map-Makers Thought America Was Full of Mermaids, Giants, and Dragons" by Lauren Young
- Pipeline Comics: "The Evolution of the Letterer" by Augie De Blieck Jr.
- The New York Times Magazine: "The Woman Who Might Find Us Another Earth" (The star-crossed life of Sara Seager, an astrophysicist obsessed with discovering distant worlds) by Chris Jones
- ESPN: "The true story behind Army's 1990 mission to steal Navy's goat" by Ted Miller
- CityLab: "How Never-Built Architecture Negotiated New York City's Grid" by Laura Bliss
- LancasterOnline: "Welcoming lawn signs in Lancaster County declare 'we’re glad you’re our neighbor’ written in English, Spanish, Arabic" by Earle Cornelius
- Tor.com: "The Witches of Winter" by Maria Alexander
- Paste: "Terraforming Mars is One of The Best Games of 2016" by Keith Law
- The New York Times: "British Villagers Are Baffled by Flocking Chinese Tourists" by Dan Bilefsky
- Odd Things I've Seen: "Derelict-ious: An Abandoned House in Harper’s Ferry National Park" by J.W. Ocker
- Dinosaur Dracula: "Toys from the 1993 JCPenney Catalog!"
- Town & Country: "Searching the Ruins of Aleppo for My Friends at the Baron Hotel" by Lesley M.M. Blume
- The New York Times: "Wonder and Worry, as a Syrian Child Transforms" (Canada welcomes Syrian refugees like no other country. But for one 10-year-old’s parents, is she leaving too much behind?) by Catrin Einhorn and Jodi Kantor
- The New York Times: "Free Cash in Finland. Must Be Jobless." (The idea, universal basic income, is gaining traction worldwide.) by Peter S. Goodman
- Philadelphia: "The Death of the Funeral Business" (The wheels are coming off the funeral business as God takes a backseat to online memorials, Facebook messages and "life celebrations") by Sandy Hingston
- Medium: "Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere" by Alex Steffen
- The Baffler: "Called to Purchase: How mayor Stephen Reed shopped Harrisburg, PA, straight to hell" by David Gambacorta
- The Nib: "Worn Out: A Woman's Clothing Isn't a Statement" ("Traditional Bengali clothing used to make me feel close to my heritage, but then it just brought me pain")
- National Geographic: "Can Archivists Save the World’s Newest Nation?" (Meet the archivists, folklorists, and curators fighting to preserve South Sudan’s history—and end its civil war) by Nina Strochlic
- The Atlantic: "The Alphabet That Will Save a People From Disappearing" by Kaveh Waddell
- My Inside Voices: "God bless this American mess" by Susan Jennings