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Reading List: 8 Editors’ Picks This Week

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Rocketing Into the Grand Canyon’s Great Unknown,” Outside
Outside shares an excerpt from Kevin Fedarko’s forthcoming book, The Emerald Mile, about the author’s insane adventure tackling a raging, rapid-filled Colorado River in a 17-foot wooden dory. Anyone who plans to raft through the Grand Canyon this summer might want to postpone reading. —Jen Murphy

Nashville’s New Tune: The Next Music Row,” Garden & Gun
Music City is not all bright lights and country twang. An edgy new music scene is cropping up along Eighth Avenue South, attracting new residents like Jack White and Dan Auerbach, and visitors looking for a little more music soul. This four-part feature (see links at the bottom) welcomes readers to the neighborhood and includes an online playlist so we can hear the city for ourselves. —Serena Renner

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Mystery Train,” RogertEbert.com
I’ve been thinking about trains a lot lately, because I’ve been editing a feature about luxury rail travel. I’ve also been thinking a lot about the great populist film critic Roger Ebert since he died on April 4. So I went to his website and revisited some of his writing. On his Great Movies page, Ebert expanded many of his reviews of all-time favorite films. I went directly to his essay on Jim Jarmusch’s 1989 Mystery Train; Ebert hooked me with this opening: “At nights in the summertime I heard lonesome whistles blowing, and dreamed of taking the train to the future. To romance. To the rest of my life. Or just simply out of town. Trains embody the fact of travel, the sense of moving through time and space and day and night. Airplanes are elevators whose doors close and then open in another city.” —Derk Richardson

Layovers in Chinese Airports Become Mini Excursions,” SFGate.com
A good excuse to fly through Beijing or Shanghai—you can now stay up to 72 hours without a visa. That might be just enough time to hit all of the places on this eating guide to Beijing—Davina Baum

Everlasting Feast: Food in the Republic of Georgia,” Saveur
Unique flavors, feastlike meals, and a 7,000-year-old winemaking history mean that the little-known Republic of Georgia won’t be little-known for long. —Serena Renner

Niklas Ekstedt on Cooking With Fire and Why It Feels like ‘Spring in Sweden,’” Eater
I’m always amazed by how much we can learn by looking to the past for inspiration. Eater recently interviewed Niklas Ekstedt, chef of the Michelin-star restaurant Ekstedt in Stockholm about his new approach to New Nordic cooking. Rather than focusing on Scandinavian ingredients, like most New Nordic chefs, Ekstedt is actually researching and using traditional old-school Nordic cooking techniques, like cooking in a chimney. —Jen Murphy

Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese
This vivid tale about family relationships weaves multiple story lines together—from Ethiopia to New York—and tells of twin brothers, their turbulent entry into the world and the fateful journey that lies before them. I couldn’t put this book down! —Jill Greenwood

Light Sculptures by Diet Wiegman,” Colossal
I can’t help being fascinated and impressed by the ability to make something entirely new out of found objects—transforming them, yet in some ways leaving them the same, giving the viewer direct access to the creative process. These ‘Light Sculptures’ show the artist’s skill and draughtsmanship in a most unusual way. —Bryan Kitch

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