A busy week so not much in the way of commentary here. But lots of goodness on the web to be read. Here’s 5 things (plus something of our own as link number 6).

1. John Lanchester in the New Yorker on the cult of the foodie:

“By the end of the twentieth century, it seemed that more or less the entire developed world was shopping and cooking and dining out in a way that was given over to self-definition and self-expression and identity-creation and trend-catching and hype and buzz and the new new thing, which sometimes had to do with newness (foams! gels! spherification!) and sometimes with new ways of being old (slow food! farm-to-table! country ham!)”

2. Seems like there’s not much to do with a border control post when there’s no border. A lovely photo essay:

 “In 1985 the Schengen Treaty was signed by five of the then ten EU states, with the intention to abolish border checks between these countries, allowing people and goods to flow freely between these countries…currently it consists of 26 European countries. The disappearance of the border checks rendered many of these checkpoints obsolete. Almost 20 years on (and while the discussion about the European project is resurfacing), former border crossings lie abandoned across the continent”

3. A newly discover piece by Isaac Asimov on where ideas come from:

“Thomas H. Huxley is supposed to have exclaimed after reading On the Origin of Species, “How stupid of me not to have thought of this.” But why didn’t he think of it? The history of human thought would make it seem that there is difficulty in thinking of an idea even when all the facts are on the table.”

4Richly suggestive and thought provoking piece by Ian Leslie on works of art, what makes them great (or not): 

“Social scientists are right to say that we should be a little sceptical of greatness, and that we should always look in the next room. Great art and mediocrity can get confused, even by experts. But that’s why we need to see, and read, as much as we can. The more we’re exposed to the good and the bad, the better we are at telling the difference. 

5. Without doubt the best deck you’ll read this week. The unfailingly perspicacious Benedict Evans on how mobile is eating the world. His central point about tech becoming invisible as transitions away from being a business to defining industries

6. A piece Simon wrote for EPIC People – a great community with fabulous resources on anthropology, ethnography etc – on models in business thinking and practice.