What to Book: I just raced through the first action-packed book in Gregg Hurwitz’s Orphan X series. I’m only putting off starting the second book long enough to tell you to order your copy.

+ What to Read: “We point fingers at corruption in Mexico, smirking, for instance … about hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes that the Sinaloa Cartel paid to the highest levels of the Mexican government.
Okay, but where do we think those millions came from? That money — truckloads of it — crossed the border from north to south in payment for the drugs that we bought. Who bribes Mexican politicians, police and military to let those drugs go through? We do. We’re the criminals.” Don Winslow with a three-part series on a topic he knows well, the border. Trump’s border wall would be a monument to narcissism and willful ignorance.

+ What to Check Out: Did you know that you can stream 30,000 films free with nothing more than a library card? CBC News calls Kanopy, “a treasure trove… arguably, the greatest assortment of international art cinema under one roof.” (And from CityLab, a cool visual history of the American public library.)

+ What to Pod: In this brand new podcast, the excellent Caterina Fake invites the creators of radical new technologies to set aside their business plan, and think through the human side of technology. Subscribe to Should This Exist?