Kickoff For October 26, 2020

Welcome to this week's edition of the Monday Kickoff, a collection of what I've found interesting, informative, and insightful on the web over the last seven days.

Let's get this Monday started with these links:


It’s time we revived Rousseau’s radical spirit in schooling, wherein James Brooke-Smith takes us through the history of so-called negative education and argues that perhaps it's time to adopt some of the ideas of radical educators from the past.

Seeing Things, wherein Emily LaBarge takes us on a physical and historical tour of the City of London, in which we discover how the place has changed over the centuries.

Watching Tokyo’s phantom Olympics, wherein Jordan Sand looks looks towards the 2021 Olympics, and mulls the social and economic consequences of holding that event.


Sealand: A peculiar ‘nation’ off England’s coast, wherein Mike MacEacheran walks us through the surreal yet riveting history of a naval fort off the English coast that has become a nation in its own right.

Heartlands: Jujo, wherein Rebecca Saunders takes us on a tour of the shopping street in the Jujo section of Tokyo, and we discover why it's one of the city's best-kept secrets.

Freiburg: Germany’s futuristic city set in a forest, wherein Kat Barber looks at how the old German city embraces its history but also looks to the future through green glasses.

Odds and Ends

A Cave Kingpin Is Buying Up America’s Underground. What’s His Plan?, wherein we learn about John Ackerman, who seeks out and buys underground caverns in rural Minnesota, and speculate about why he's doing it.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Master Auctioneer?, wherein Katy Vine attends a school for aspiring auctioneers in Texas and learns the ins and outs of that fast-talking trade.

Feeling Bullish: On My Great-Uncle, Gay Matador and Friend of Hemingway, wherein we learn how Brooklynite Sidney Franklin was drawn into the world of bullfighting, and how he and Ernest Hemingway entered into an unlikely friendship.

And that's it for this Monday. Come back in seven days for another set of links to start off your week.

Scott Nesbitt