Briefings: More from San Fermin, Manliness, What Carl Sagan Read, the Hyperloop, and a Shop in Maine
Maybe next year one of us will run with the bulls in Pamplona. (Any takers, guys?) Until then, we’ve got more accounts from the festival, plus a battery of other man-related things: a debate about manliness, Carl Sagan’s reading list, Elon Musk’s latest venture, and a shop in Maine where you can get cool vintage stuff like watches and a flare gun from the 1960s.
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1. What to Do (Next Year) | Run with the Bulls
Last week we shared Outside’s account of San Fermin. We haven’t had enough of the bulls, so this week we were reading a more literary account from the streets of Pamplona, free of testicles hitting the pavement but full of other salient information: “Speed doesn’t much matter because something like a dozen bulls are being released at the sound of a rocket, and they are going to catch whomever they want.”
2. What to Weigh in On | Manliness
Debating manliness is somehow unmanly, so we’re just going to provide you with some reading material. Joel Stein, author of “Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity,” weighs in on the matter in a New York Times “Room for Debate” feature. In short: “We’ve got to start fixing our own toilets, exercising outside at 6 a.m., and hunting for meat we cowardly eat from crueler factory farms.”
3. What to Read | Carl Sagan’s Reading List
It would be nice to have a life syllabus with all the books we might enjoy or learn from for the rest of our lives. (We try to help when we can.) The next best thing is cribbing reading lists from really smart people. This one is from the notes of Carl Sagan, the author/astronomer/astrophysicist/so on, and it includes works by Andre Gide, Aldous Huxley and Plato.
4. What to Get Behind | The Hyperloop
Want to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes without risk of accidents or weather delays? Elon Musk of PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX thinks it’s possible. It’s called the Hyperloop, and if it sounds outrageous, a look at Musk’s accomplishments makes it seem less so. He is, after all, the guy John Favreau looked to for inspiration in the Iron Man movies. More on the Hyperloop over at the Atlantic.
5. Where to Shop | When in Cape Porpoise, ME
With some Gear Patrol contributor roots in New Hampshire, we like Maine a lot: that’s where the beaches are, not to mention the closest thing to a cosmopolitan city north of the Massachusetts border. In between there’s a town called Cape Porpoise, where former New York Post columnist Jared Paul Stern has opened up a shop in a red barn for nautical and military antiques, books, vintage clothing, and other miscellany. Check it out if you’re in the neighborhood.