France becomes the first major western power to support trying Russian officials over the war in Ukraine. / The Guardian

Millions of people in Ukraine are said to be without power as winter nears. / BBC News

Christopher Blatterman: Peace gets tricky when both sides of a war find the idea of settlement repugnant. / Foreign Affairs

For 2022, New York and Singapore are the world's most expensive cities. Tripoli and Damascus are the least. / The Economist

Molly Osberg: One of the more sublime rights we possess in big cities is to cry in public unbothered. / Hell Gate 

Wealthy people no longer employ bodyguards—now they're called CPOs, or close protection officers. But how does a billionaire find a good one? / The Financial Times

How did pro sports teams become such valuable, covetable assets? The rise of television plus "cartel status." / The Ringer

An illustrated guide to the amount of advertising on Amazon pages. / The Washington Post

A designer turns buzzwords from job ads into a series of yearbook portraits. / It's Nice That

A coder trained an AI chatbot on her childhood journal entries so she could talk to her "inner child." / Twitter

"Anyone can get a small taste of this world." A food writer explains what it's like to have synesthesia and taste what she sees. / Atlanta Magazine

See also: Does Mexican Coke contain "natural" sugar? Does Coke contain an anti-vomiting drug to prevent you from being sick? Two conspiracy theories explained. / Dynomite

Tom Whitewell posts his annual list of 52 things learned over the previous year. / Magnetic Notes