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New York City, May 25, 2017

★ The only good news down below the windows was that the people under their umbrellas were not steering around any sidewalk flooding or deep gutter puddles.

How I Learned to Love Rice Krispies Treats Again

Mildred Day and me. Mildred and the birthday cake she inspired My mom never made Rice Krispies treats.

Don DeLillo’s ‘End Zone’ Is The Sports Film We Need In 2017

The film has remained in pre-production purgatory for nearly ten years. In End Zone, Don DeLillo’s 1972 tragicomic second novel about college football, Coach Creed cancels Friday practice.

Jared Kushner Texts at Church

With all the angels watching. Image: Patricia Feaster The TRUMP ADMINISTRATION is attending Mass before they leave Europe.

How Do Pet Psychics Talk To Animals?

I talked to some interspecies communicators to find out. Image: Erik Fitzpatrick My family’s cat, Tiger, ran away when I was around eight.

Another Classic Gag Cartoon

Notes on life by Liana Finck Another Classic Gag Cartoon was originally published in The Awl on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Hayden Pedigo, “Good Night”

Good luck. Photo: Several seconds Has America ever needed a three-day weekend more than it does right now?

New York City, May 24, 2017

★★★ Mellow gray light and cool air attended on the long and unsteady rise from the sickbed. The west through the blinds became brighter and bluer, and the outdoors sounded inviting.

Prepared For The Worst

The comforts of dark matter Photo: Paul Sableman So: Modern society, as a whole, tends toward a sort of institutional optimism, espousing Hegelian notions of history as progress and encouraging us to believe happiness is at least potentially available for all, if only we would pull together in a reasonable manner.

Barack in the Biergarten of Good and Evil

Deutschland über us. Barack Obama, our ex-stepdad who we thought was going to adopt us and save us from our abusive mom (THE AMERICAN VOTER), has instead moved on with his life and is currently chilling in Berlin with longtime “companion” and apparent new girlfriend Angela Merkel, and boy are HER kids thrilled.

Grading (A)lternatives

For when a regular A just won’t do. Amy Kurzweil’s cartoons appear in The New Yorker and elsewhere. She is the author of Flying Couch: A Graphic Memoir.

The Way We Cover Bad Tweets Now

In the New York Times Styles section, obviously. Image: Paul Bailey Amid the criticism, Mr. Leavitt has continued to tweet.

A Poem by Tracy K. Smith

The Angels Two slung themselves across chairs Once in a motel room. Grizzled, In leather biker gear. Emissaries For something I needed to see.

Penguin Cafe & Cornelius, “Solaris” (Cornelius Mix)

What’s it like to still have hope? Photo: lgh75 If you woke up this morning thinking things would be better I want you to find someone close, someone you trust, who will sit you down and explain to you that things are only going to stay bad or get worse from now on.

Courtney Barnett, “How to Boil an Egg”

“Every morning I feel more useless than before” Is anyone better at songs with food titles than the witty, rambly Auswtroaeleeiyan Courtney Barnett?

Who Goes Nazi: Bachelorette Edition

“His body is vigorous. His mind is childish. His soul has been almost completely neglected.” Have you ever watched “The Bachelorette?

Dear Highly Successful People: Stop Talking About Your Failures

Failure is a luxury. Image: yevkusa I was warned to beware my thirties. I was told that this is when everything I took for granted as functioning well would begin to stop.

The Men of Hammacher Schlemmer

Are they really happy? From its founding as a hardware store on the Bowery in 1848, through its underground days as a minter of “copperhead” tokens during the Civil War coin shortage, through its twentieth-century expansion into gadgets and novelties, Hammacher Schlemmer has never stood still.

[“Anyway, Here’s Wonderwall” Voice] Anyway, Here’s Beethoven’s 9th

Classical Music Hour with Fran Image: Andrew Gustar I took a Classical and Romantic Music History class when I was in college.

A Dog’s Perspective

Notes on life by Liana Finck A Dog’s Perspective was originally published in The Awl on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.