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01. Last Stand? Yes. Last Word? Never.

“Few events in American history have generated as much commentary as the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn, and George Armstrong Custer has become one of those contested figures who have been mythologized to the point of caricature: glorified as a romantic figure of frontier individualism and reviled as a glory-seeking avatar of genocidal hatred. In more recent years Custer’s story has also been told with more detail and dispassion: in Jeffry Wert’s 1996 account of his military maneuvers (“Custer: The Controversial Life of George Armstrong Custer”), and in Evan S. Connell’s novelistic classic, “Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn” (1984).” (NYT).

02. Best Old-Fashioned Burgers

“Sixty years ago, drive-in burgers were synonymous with freshly ground high-quality beef. Today they mean tasteless mass-produced patties. We wanted to bring back the genuine article.” (Cook’s Illustrated).

03. How to Green an Embassy

“Earlier this year, Great Britain’s former foreign secretary, David Miliband, visited Beijing to foster greater dialogue between the UK and China about low carbon economic development. We — the UK — deliver more joint policy and engage in more technical and educational work with China on climate change and low carbon development than any other country. What is the value in this, however, if we are not leading by example?” (Design Observer).

04. Betting at the Belmont

“Saturday’s Belmont Stakes will mark the start of my eighth year in thoroughbred racing. The final leg of the Triple Crown isn’t particularly newsworthy this year: neither Super Saver, the Kentucky Derby winner, nor Lookin at Lucky, who won the Preakness, will be at the starting gate. But that won’t matter to me; I’ve gone days without seeing a single horse.” (New Yorker).

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