This week — ten pin bowling, the Tulsa Race Massacre, a stolen Magritte, and Paris' catacombs. If you only read one thing — The New Yorker on Francis Bacon is worth the time.

Francis Bacon’s Frightening Beauty | New Yorker | Art

A profile of the artist Francis Bacon.

The Invisible City Beneath Paris | The New Yorker | Society

A guide to Paris’ sprawling catacombs and the “cataphiles” who explore them.

What the Tulsa Race Massacre Destroyed | The New York Times | Society

This story uses immersive 3-D modelling to tell the story of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

The Missing Magritte | Vanity Fair | Crime

The story of an art heist, where two men walked out of a gallery in Brussels with a Magritte canvas, a painting of the artist’s wife.

One Man’s Amazing Journey to the Center of the Bowling Ball | Wired | Life

A story about Mo Pinel, an idiosyncratic legend of ten pin bowling.


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