Welcome to Reading List, Gizmodo's Saturday afternoon collection of the best and smartest writing from around the web this week. Today, we've got smart takes from The New York Times, Wired, and Ars Technica.

  • Daniel Brook brings us a portrait of Hafeez Contractor, India's most successful architect and the man hoping to create the face of 21st century India. [The New York Times]
  • Robert McMillan explains how we think the internet works, how it actually works, and why most people's arguments about net neutrality and fast lanes are misinformed and obsolete. [Wired]
  • N.R. Kleinfield takes us along with Jordan Sullivan, a brand-new NYC firefighter, as he yearns for the most anticipated and frightening experience in a firefighter's career: his first significant fire. [The New York Times]
  • Casey Johnston brings us the fascinating analog history of animatronic robots, and how Walt Disney took inspiration from a clockwork bird sulpture and ended up building a talking, life-sized Abraham Lincoln. [Ars Technica]