Julia Felsenthal in Vogue: “There are roughly three New Yorks,” E.B. White once wrote. “There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable.
Philip Ball in Nature: A BBC headline last week, ‘First object teleported to Earth’s orbit’, has to be one of the most fantastical you’ll see this year.
Jael Silliman in The Wire: Crisp on the outside, soft inside, the golden brown, whole fried potatoes were brought piping hot to the dining table.
John McCumber in Aeon: The chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was worried.
Jere Longman in the New York Times: Usain Bolt of Jamaica appeared on a video screen in a white singlet and black tights, sprinting in slow motion through the final half of a 100-meter race.
Colin Gillis in Avidly: The other day, as I was returning empty trash cans from the curb in front of our apartment building, the older man who owns the home across the street from my apartment waved to me.
Steven Rosenfeld in AlterNet: Right-wing media evolved into a hall of mirrors in 2016, when Breitbart displaced Fox News as the key agenda-setting and attack-leading epicenter of a disinformation-filled, paranoid ecosystem promoting Donald Trump and his pro-white America agenda.
Jesse Baron at Bookforum: By contrast, the most compelling books about monogamy are written after the fact by a surviving partner once the story has sorted itself out.
Steven Rose at The Guardian: Asked to name the most significant book about biology ever written in English, most biologists would opt for Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.
Michael Dirda at The Washington Post: “The Great Nadar” lacks the obvious commercial appeal of Begley’s previous biography, a capacious, revealing life of the novelist John Updike, so that it comes across as a labor of love.
Jesse Singal in New York Magazine: One fairly common idea that pops up again and again during the endless national conversation about college campuses, free speech, and political correctness is the notion that certain forms of speech do such psychological harm to students that administrators have an obligation to eradicate them — or, failing that, that students have an obligation to step in and do so themselves (as has happened during recent, high-profile episodes involving Charles Murray and Milo Yiannopoulos, which turned violent).
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Karen Holmberg in Independent: A petition appears in my inbox without salutation, preamble, or signature: END CRUELTY TO MOTHS!
Elisa Griswold in The New York Times: “I lived in a country where dying was taught to us from childhood,” the writer Svetlana Alexievich said in her 2015 Nobel Prize acceptance speech.
Melanie McDonagh in The Spectator: Mark Zuckerberg says that Facebook could be to its users what churches are to congregations: it could help them feel part of ‘a more connected world’.
Leslie Nemo in Scientific American: Pinpointing where motivation resides in the brain is not easy, but a research team in China may have done just that.
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