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From last January 2020 (but new to us), a candid, lucid—and, well, fictional—FAQ page about brain surgery by Mary South.
A survey dedicated to the function and aesthetics of women's eyebrows in fine art. (And not just Frida Kahlo.)
Advice from Regina Specktor on how to infuse your cooking with more love. "In the end, every bite is filled with that wish."

Liberal internationalists believe that the United States can manage and predict foreign affairs. Restrainers do not. For those of us in the latter camp, the withering away of the American Century cannot be reversed; it can only be accommodated.

Daniel Bessner: We’ve exited an American century and entered a global one. Whether US foreign policy heard the news is unclear.

↩︎ Harper's
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An acre of old chaparral is the fuel equivalent of 75 barrels of crude oil. A great Malibu firestorm, therefore, may generate the heat of three million barrels of burning oil at a temperature of 2,000 degrees.

The great writer and thinker (and person and activist) Mike Davis has entered palliative care. From 1996, “Let Malibu Burn.”

↩︎ L.A. Weekly, via Indymedia
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"Why does my old boss who loved racist jokes suddenly sound like Malcolm X?" Yet another quitting-Twitter letter, but still funny.
One person’s “pretty likely” is another’s “doubtful to happen.” Some business advice on how to use probabilistic words better.
Agnes Giberne's The Story of the Sun, Moon, and Stars (1879) is "the foundation for a phenomenological star wisdom."
Abortion providers have been bracing for this. Here's a guide on how to access abortion services in post-Roe America.
"Each...stage of the systematic stripping of people’s rights can be framed as 'not that bad' if viewed in contextless isolation."
During a night out drinking, a worker lost a USB stick with the personal information of an entire city's half-million residents.
"Compared to a lot of other things I have done, this was easy." How a hacker accessed personal details of Jacuzzi SmartTub owners.

If you played with a guy who was a better volleyer than you, you knew you needed to work on your volley. I remember helping Ashe with his backhand. We would play at Columbia or in the park. Once in a while we got a few beers afterward.

A Q&A with Dick Savitt, the self-taught tennis player who won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 1951.

↩︎ The New York Times
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The fact that a social crisis of this scale is not constantly at the forefront of the national conversation is indicative of a pervasive elitism in many of the institutions on which the public sphere is grounded. This elitism may like to see itself as sophisticated and urbane, but it is simply brutish.

Thirty years after the Boipatong massacre, reflecting on how South Africa’s ANC degenerated from aspiration into corruption.

↩︎ New Frame
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In a new study on trust in journalism, only 26% of Americans trust the news, the lowest in all sampled countries.
By taking advantage of certain areas' lax labor laws, Amazon successfully mounted an unprecedented expansion into central Europe.
Nguy Thi Khanh won a Goldman Prize for stopping new coal plans. Vietnam continued a pattern by arresting her for tax evasion.

A playlist by author Carlene Bauer of "songs about girls—about women. Mothers, daughters, sculptors, Jolenes."

So far this year, male pro tennis players have earned 75% more prize money than women—it's the widest gap since 2001.