Weekend Reading is a weekly collation of 3-5 articles that have caught my attention, published on Saturday mornings. This is the first edition.
1. Flipping Out (NBC Sports)
It’s no secret that I’m not really into sports, but I love good sports writing. Remember back in 2015 when Jose Bautista flipped his bat after a homer in game five against the Rangers and everybody lost their minds? This is an account of that moment and probably my favourite piece of sports writing ever.
2. The Lonely Social Life of a Minister’s Wife (The Walrus)
Karen Stiller writes with great empathy about the social cost of working in ministry, or being married to someone who does: “we are the life of the funeral and the death of the party”.
3. How an A.I. ‘Cat and Mouse Game’ Generates Believable Fake Photos (The New York Times)
This is the other side of the fake news problem: that computer-generated images are now realistic enough that we can’t tell they’re fake, either.
In the years since the rise of Photoshop, the onus has been on citizens to approach what they view online with skepticism.
But many of us still put a certain amount of trust in photos and videos that we don’t necessarily put in text or word of mouth. Mr. Hwang believes the technology will evolve into a kind of A.I. arms race pitting those trying to deceive against those trying to identify the deception.
Mr. Lehtinen downplays the effect his research will have on the spread of misinformation online. But he does say that, as a time goes on, we may have to rethink the very nature of imagery. “We are approaching some fundamental questions,” he said.
4. A Brief Drive in Saudi Arabia Changed My Life (The Atlantic)
Saudi Arabia has lifted its ban on women drivers. This is an excerpt from a new book by Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi women’s rights activist, detailing what happened when she drove before the lifting of the ban.