Category: You Should See This

  • Safety Net – Longreads

    Safety Net – Longreads These days, when you work as a librarian in America, there is no lack of emergencies. via Longreads: http://longreads.com/2024/02/27/safety-net-public-libraries/ To be a public servant in America is to contend with a fair amount of trauma. The institutions are collapsing, and public librarians, especially, have a front row seat to the fallout.…

  • What It’s Like to Be a Sociopath – The New York Times

    What It’s Like to Be a Sociopath – The New York Times

    What It’s Like to Be a Sociopath “Just because I don’t care about you doesn’t mean I want to cause you more pain,” says Patric Gagne, author of a new memoir about her sociopathy. Link: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2024/02/25/magazine/patric-gagne-interview.html Are you able to describe how you’ve built a sense of morality? Just because I don’t care about someone…

  • An American Education: Notes from UATX – The New Inquiry

    An American Education: Notes from UATX – The New Inquiry

    An American Education: Notes from UATX revolution in education! A resuscitation of the university mission! To happen in, of all places, not the pompous old northeast or the debauched West Coast, not New York or California but the countr… via The New Inquiry: https://thenewinquiry.com/an-american-education-notes-from-uatx/ In the ensuing Q&A, however, at least one person in the…

  • Tucker Carlson Promised an Unedited Putin. The Result Was Boring | The New Yorker

    Tucker Carlson Promised an Unedited Putin. The Result Was Boring | The New Yorker

    Tucker Carlson Promised an Unedited Putin. The Result Was Boring In an interview that lasted more than two hours, the Russian President aired well-trod grievances and gave a lecture full of spurious history meant to justify his war in Ukraine. via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/tucker-carlson-promised-an-unedited-putin-the-result-was-boring Carlson didn’t interrupt or challenge Putin on the many—too many…

  • Tom Stevenson · Rubble from Bone: Israel’s War

    Tom Stevenson · Rubble from Bone: Israel’s War

    Tom Stevenson · Rubble from Bone: Israel’s War Israeli tactics have little in common with standard counterinsurgency doctrine or rules of engagement. The war on Gaza… via London Review of Books: https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v46/n03/tom-stevenson/rubble-from-bone What strategic bombing does to a city is to produce, by military means, something similar to the massive urban destruction of last year’s…

  • Greg Abbott’s Anti-Migrant Standoff at the Border | The New Yorker

    Greg Abbott’s Anti-Migrant Standoff at the Border | The New Yorker

    Greg Abbott’s Anti-Migrant Standoff at the Border The governor of Texas has triggered a constitutional crisis about who controls entry from Mexico, and some supporters are there for the spectacle. via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-the-southwest/greg-abbotts-standoff-at-eagle-pass She returned to Colorado when she learned her house was being foreclosed on. But the news of the border convoy…

  • The Great Washington Meltdown of 2024 Has Begun | The New Yorker

    The Great Washington Meltdown of 2024 Has Begun | The New Yorker

    The Great Washington Meltdown of 2024 Has Begun In the Senate, the House, and the White House, leaders are weak—at a time when leading is needed. via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-bidens-washington/the-great-washington-meltdown-of-2024-has-begun The Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk, was even more blunt as he took the extraordinary step of publicly bashing the G.O.P. members who…

  • Fentanyl, the portrait of a mass murderer | U.S. | EL PAÍS English

    Fentanyl, the portrait of a mass murderer | U.S. | EL PAÍS English

    Fentanyl, the portrait of a mass murderer It’s the big threat. A cheap, white powder — 50 times more powerful than heroin — which kills more than 70,000 people each year in the United States and countless others across the rest of the Western Hemisphere. EL PAÍS, in a long-term investigation that spanned two continents…

  • The Search for a New and Better Internet | The New Yorker

    The Search for a New and Better Internet | The New Yorker

    Can the Internet Be Governed? Amid worries about what Big Tech is doing to our privacy, politics, and psyches, many stakeholders—from activists to technocrats—are calling for a new rule book. via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2024/02/05/can-the-internet-be-governed The proposal, part of a bigger push for what Xi Jinping has called a more “sovereign” Internet, was supported by…

  • Inside the Music Industry’s High-Stakes A.I. Experiments | The New Yorker

    Inside the Music Industry’s High-Stakes A.I. Experiments | The New Yorker

    Inside the Music Industry’s High-Stakes A.I. Experiments Lucian Grainge, the chairman of UMG, has helped record labels rake in billions of dollars from streaming. Can he do the same with generative artificial intelligence? via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2024/02/05/inside-the-music-industrys-high-stakes-ai-experiments In October, Don Was told me about his session with Lyria. He prompted the model with the…

  • “Do I Have to Come Here Injured or Dead?” | The New Yorker

    “Do I Have to Come Here Injured or Dead?” | The New Yorker

    “Do I Have to Come Here Injured or Dead?” Keldy Mabel Gonzáles Brebe de Zúniga was one of the first mothers separated from her children at the border by the Trump Administration. The cruelty she suffered in the United States was matched only by what she was forced to flee in Honduras. via The New…

  • Sofia Coppola’s Path to Filming Gilded Adolescence | The New Yorker

    Sofia Coppola’s Path to Filming Gilded Adolescence | The New Yorker

    Sofia Coppola’s Path to Filming Gilded Adolescence There are few Hollywood families in which one famous director has spawned another. Coppola says, “It’s not easy for anyone in this business, even though it looks easy for me.” via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2024/01/29/sofia-coppola-profile When Coppola showed her father an early cut of the film, he advised…

  • How a 27-Year-Old Codebreaker Busted the Myth of Bitcoin’s Anonymity | WIRED

    How a 27-Year-Old Codebreaker Busted the Myth of Bitcoin’s Anonymity | WIRED

    How a 27-Year-Old Codebreaker Busted the Myth of Bitcoin’s Anonymity Once, drug dealers and money launderers saw cryptocurrency as perfectly untraceable. Then a grad student named Sarah Meiklejohn proved them all wrong—and set the stage for a decade-long crackdown. via WIRED: https://www.wired.com/story/27-year-old-codebreaker-busted-myth-bitcoins-anonymity/ Meiklejohn’s hundreds of purchases, bets, and seemingly meaningless movements of money were not,…

  • The Ghost of January 6th Haunts 2024 | The New Yorker

    The Ghost of January 6th Haunts 2024 | The New Yorker

    The Ghost of January 6th Haunts 2024 The impending Biden-vs.-Trump rematch already has one dominant theme. via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-bidens-washington/the-ghost-of-january-6th-haunts-2024 To his original Big Lie about the “rigged election” in 2020, Trump has added ever more lies. He now calls January 6th “a beautiful day” and the nearly thirteen hundred defendants arrested in connection…

  • Gaza Is Starving | The New Yorker

    Gaza Is Starving | The New Yorker

    Gaza Is Starving The chief economist of the World Food Program explains how the scarcity of food may tip the territory into famine. via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/gaza-is-starving I’ve been doing this for the past two decades, and I’ve been to all kinds of conflicts and all kinds of crises. And, for me, this is…

  • 100 Notable Books of 2023 – The New York Times

    100 Notable Books of 2023 – The New York Times

    100 Notable Books of 2023 Here are the year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, chosen by the staff of The New York Times Book Review. Link: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/11/21/books/notable-books.html Each year, we pore over thousands of new books, seeking out the best novels, memoirs, biographies, poetry collections, stories and more. Here are the standouts, selected by the…

  • The Overlooked Crisis in Congo: ‘We Live in War’ – The New York Times

    The Overlooked Crisis in Congo: ‘We Live in War’ – The New York Times

    The Overlooked Crisis in Congo: ‘We Live in War’ Six million have died, and more than six million are displaced after decades of fighting and the ensuing humanitarian crisis in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, drawing in neighbors, mercenaries and militias. An upcoming election is inflaming tempers. Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/17/world/africa/democratic-republic-of-congo-elections.html They joined…

  • The Year We Stopped Being Able to Pretend About Trump | The New Yorker

    The Year We Stopped Being Able to Pretend About Trump | The New Yorker

    The Year We Stopped Being Able to Pretend About Trump The story of 2023 wasn’t the search for another Republican leader—but the Party’s embrace of the one it already has. via The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/2023-in-review/the-year-we-stopped-being-able-to-pretend-about-trump In a Christmas Day social-media post, his message to his opponents was “MAY THEY ROT IN HELL,” followed by the…