7 stories to read this weekend

I am off next week, so this is the last Om Says email for 2012. I don’t really have any profound thoughts or big observations about 2012. Instead, all I have is a promise to bring you better stuff to read, every weekend.

  • The doctor, the CIA and the blood of Bin Laden: A really great old-school, behinds-the-scene story told by Matthieu Aikins in the pages of GQ.
  • Social media and the devolution of friendship: As you sit with your family and friends this holiday week, it might be a good time to reevaluate and rethink online relationships and the meaning they carry.  I don’t necessarily agree with the writer, but don’t disagree with her either, for her observations do ring true.
  • Tick Tock Tick Tock: Really great story about master horologist John Metcalfe and how he repairs clocks. This is good stuff, especially if you are a fan of watches and people who make things with their hands.
  • Pop goes the art bubble: And just when you were thinking things were bad in Startupland!
  • Light… what is it good for?, asks Anton Desyatnikov in Aeon magazine. Wonderful piece for all of us who love physics and lasers and light and simply questioning everything.
  • The future of Special Ops: The rise of endless irregular wars means that special ops are going to have to be redefined, argues Linda Robinson, Adjunct Senior Fellow for U.S. National Security and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • Love means never wanting to say sorry. I think you should read this piece rather than me interpret this for you.

Happy holidays and a very happy new year.