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WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for October 2018

Published: October 30, 2018

Here are some good reads, two "good looks," and a "good listen" from around the globe that have caught our attention in the month of October.

Home Sweet Home: Nations have flags and anthems — but they also have their defining treats. In a special “candy issue,” New York Times authors scour the globe for candies that capture the spirit of the countries they come from.

#This is 18 – Around the WorldWhat does life look like for girls turning 18 in 2018? Young women photographers around the world were given an assignment: Show us 18 in your community. This is 18 — through girls’ eyes.

Why do languages die? There are more than 7,000 languages. The number of people speaking English, Spanish and Mandarin continues to grow, but every fortnight a language will disappear forever. The Economist's language expert Lane Greene explains why.

How the loss of indigenous languages affects our understanding of the natural worldMany indigenous languages are in danger of becoming extinct. Yet embedded in indigenous languages, in particular, is knowledge about ecosystems, conservation methods, plant life, animal behavior and many other aspects of the natural world. The United Nations has designated 2019 as the “International Year of Indigenous Languages” to raise awareness of indigenous languages as holders of “complex systems of knowledge” and encourage nations to work toward their revitalization.

Listen to the World: The sound of the earth cracking in Chile’s Atacama Desert. The deafening roar of Iceland’s Dettifoss waterfall. The relaxing quake of wind through aspens in Utah. What if we chose where to travel based on sound?

Who do you think you are? That’s a question bound up in another: What do you think you are? Gender. Religion. Race. Nationality. Class. Culture. Such affiliations give contours to our sense of self, and shape our polarized world. Yet the collective identities they spawn are riddled with contradictions and cratered with falsehoods. Kwame Anthony Appiah’s The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity challenges our assumptions about how identities work.

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