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Celebrating the Dead in San Miguel,” Fathom
Burning Man meets Day of the Dead in the debut of San Miguel de Allende’s La Calaca event. Fathom reports, with some Halloween-appropriate photos. —Jen Murphy

China’s Game,” Mind of a Fox
I was inspired to read some of futurist Clem Sunter’s articles after reading about him on the roster for AFAR Experiences Johannesburg. This article, “China’s Game,” is already a few years old (it was written before the 2008 Olympic games), but was a good intro not only to China’s economic “game” but also to Sunter’s style of predicting future scenarios. —Jessica Silber

A Poem for the Sandy Aftermath,” The New Yorker
In San Francisco on Tuesday, I woke up anxious to find out what damage Sandy was wreaking. Photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram—and actual conversations with people, I might add—gave me a sense of the destruction. But reading the Wislawa Szymborska poem “Into the Ark” was what really rounded out the picture—and provided some optimism. —Davina Baum

The Fortieth Parallel,” Cool Hunting
I love Bruce Myren’s 40th Parallel project. Cool Hunting shares some of his images as he attempts to photograph the many faces of North America’s 40th parallel from East to West coast. —Jen Murphy

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A Developed Country Is One in Which Rich People Use Public Transport,” India Ink blog, New York Times
Anyone who has ever been to Delhi should be encouraged by a ruling that preserves the city’s fledgling rapid-bus program. It’s not perfect, but at least it prioritizes people over cars. —Jeremy Saum

From Barcelona…to Jakarta,” Aviators and a Camera
Kirsten Alana, once again painting the most vivid pictures of a place, with her words and within her frames. Jakarta just bumped up on my list. —Lauren Nicholl

Malibu’s Epic Battle of Surfers vs. Environmentalists,” Smithsonian
You don’t read a lot of stories where surfers and environmentalists face off over something. But this shockingly intense Smithsonian story about the restoration of the Malibu Lagoon shows that when it happens, it can get ugly. (Full disclosure: Claire Martin, the writer of this story, and I went to our junior prom together. Many, many years ago.) —Jeremy Saum

Devotional Cinema, Nathaniel Dorsky (Tuumba Press)
Although this brilliant 50-page monograph, based on a 2001 lecture, is about the “nowness” of great movies (analyzing how filmmakers use shots and cuts in relationship to fundamental issues of intermittence and the passage of time), Dorsky’s ideas could be applied to the way we listen to music … or to the way that travel can be a transformative experience. Like a great movie, deep travel “subverts our absorption in the temporal and reveals the depths of our own reality.” It can be “an act of alchemy” when “we are able to relax and accept the absolute presence of our situation.” —Derk Richardson

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San Francisco’s Sourdough Bread Renaissance, Sunset
Sourdough is as linked to San Francisco as the cool, foggy climate. But the city has gone way beyond Boudin. Learn how bakeries like Acme and Tartine and a guy (aptly) named Josey Baker are leading sourdough’s second wave. —Serena Renner

Suburban Kansas Dream: Museum of Suburbia,” The Wall Street Journal
I’m not sure I would make a trip to Kansas just to visit a Museum of Suburbia, but if were in the neighborhood, I’d definitely check it out. The idea might be the ultimate expression of postmodern America. So meta. —Jeremy Saum

Photo by Jeremy Woodhouse, courtesy of Fathom.

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