Sunday 10.26.2014 New York Times Digest

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1. What Are You So Afraid Of?

“Fear, real fear, deep fear, the kind that changes our habits and actions, is not something on which we are likely to follow sensible instruction.”

2. The Horror Before the Beheadings

“The story of what happened in the Islamic State’s underground network of prisons in Syria is one of excruciating suffering.”

3. Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required

“Using a law designed to catch drug traffickers, racketeers and terrorists by tracking their cash, the government has gone after run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation that they have committed serious crimes. The government can take the money without ever filing a criminal complaint, and the owners are left to prove they are innocent. Many give up.”

4. The President Attends the World Series

“Angry spectators booed the president and shouted at him — knowing that Hoover backed Prohibition, which was still the law of the land — ‘We want beer!’”

5. Dividing and Conquering the Trash

“Rubicon also studies its clients’ waste for novel recycling opportunities, connecting businesses with the recyclers who see hidden value in their junk. For a national pizza chain, Rubicon determined that much of its leftover dough could be processed into ethanol. For a regional supermarket, Rubicon discovered that 400,000 old company uniforms could be shredded and resold as a stuffing for pet beds. Insulated containers that carried seafood for one business were repurposed to transport bull semen for another.”

6. Can Video Games Survive?

It’s the players who enjoy this culture, even as they distinguish themselves from the worst of the GamerGate trolls, who truly worry me. If all the recent experimentation and progress in video games — they’re in the permanent collection at MoMA now — turns out to be just a plaster on an ugly sore, then the medium’s long journey into the mainstream could be halted or even reversed.

7. The Meaning of Fulfillment

“Fulfillment is a dubious gift because you receive it only when you’re approaching the end. You can’t consider your life fulfilled until you’re fairly sure of its temporal shape, and you can’t get a view of that until you’re well past its midpoint. The realization that one’s life has been fulfilled is a good thing, but freighted with the weight of many days and the apprehension of death. It’s also quite useless, truly a white elephant. It can never be exchanged or redeemed, because everything has been exchanged or redeemed to make its purchase possible.”

8. Do Black People Have Equal Gun Rights?

“Until around 1970, the aims of America’s firearms restrictionists and the aims of America’s racists were practically inextricable. In both the colonial and immediate post-Revolutionary periods, the first laws regulating gun ownership were aimed squarely at blacks and Native Americans. In both the Massachusetts and Plymouth colonies, it was illegal for the colonists to sell guns to natives, while Virginia and Tennessee banned gun ownership by free blacks.”

9. The Dangers of Eating Late at Night

“For my patients, eating late is often accompanied by overeating, because many skip breakfast and eat only a sandwich at lunch. Thus the evening meal becomes the largest meal of the day. After that heavy meal, it’s off to the sofa to watch television. After eating, it’s important to stay upright because gravity helps keep the contents in the stomach. Reflux is the result of acid spilling out of the stomach, and lying down with a full stomach makes reflux much more likely.”

10. The Problem With Positive Thinking

“The truth is that positive thinking often hinders us.”

11. Museums Morph Digitally

“Museums are being redefined for a digital age. The transformation, museum officials say, promises to touch every aspect of what museums do, from how art and objects are presented and experienced to what is defined as art.”

12. Lonesome George, Immortalized

“That’s always the great unknown, how long the animal will take to dry.”

13. A Writing Retreat by Rail, From Paris to the Côte d’Azur

“Cultural history is full of moments when writers and artists resolved intellectual problems by musing on the rails. At the lowest point in his career, facing a business disaster, Walt Disney doodled his first Mickey Mouse on a train from New York to Hollywood. Stuck on a stalled line, between Manchester and London, J. K. Rowling dreamed up Harry Potter.”

14. Atul Gawande: By the Book

“I don’t think there is a single all-time best self-help book. But I organize my life by David Allen’s Getting Things Done. Literally. It provides a system for dealing with your email inbox, the pieces of paper accumulating in your bag and all those to-do lists you never get through, and I follow it religiously — which is to say, imperfectly. I have read and reread Tim Gallwey’s The Inner Game of Tennis for almost four decades. At its root, it’s about closing the mental gap between potential and performance. When I played junior tennis, I followed its advice to put my attention on how the ball is spinning rather than worrying about whether I’m swinging the racket right or wrong. Now I read it to remind myself how not to think, just do, when I have to, whatever the situation. Then there are my clinical textbooks, which are, when you think about it, all self-help books, too. My favorite self-help book may be The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, for Franklin’s unrelenting, very American drive for self-improvement and similarly unrelenting, very American optimism that the effort will make him happy. I have the same delusion.”

15. James Risen’s ‘Pay Any Price’

“The tragedy is that, however implausible, it all appears to be true.”

16. Lucy Worsley’s ‘Art of the English Murder’

“Her goal isn’t to provide a history of crime or crime writing, but to show how ‘the British enjoyed and consumed the idea of murder.’

17. The Advanced 7-Minute Workout

“A new, more technically demanding regimen, one that requires a couple of dumbbells but still takes only seven minutes.”

18. Old Masters

“It is in the effort to close the distance between the work imagined and the work achieved wherein it is to be found that the ceaseless labor is the freedom of play, that what’s at stake isn’t a reflection in the mirror of fame but the escape from the prison of the self.”

19. What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set?

“Placebo effects are a striking phenomenon and still not all that well understood. Entire fields like psychoneuroimmunology and psychoendocrinology have emerged to investigate the relationship between psychological and physiological processes. Neuroscientists are charting what’s going on in the brain when expectations alone reduce pain or relieve Parkinson’s symptoms. More traditionally minded health researchers acknowledge the role of placebo effects and account for them in their experiments. But Langer goes well beyond that. She thinks they’re huge — so huge that in many cases they may actually be the main factor producing the results.”

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Sunday 10.19.2014 New York Times Digest

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1. Real Men Flee Avalanches

“While vacationing in Colombia, a friend of his was shopping with his girlfriend when a gunman burst into a store. Mr. Ostlund’s friend deserted his companion to throw himself behind a counter, a reaction that she kept rehashing long after they returned home. When she asked why he didn’t stay with her, he replied that he was no action hero. ‘The thing was, they really had a hard time getting over it,’ Mr. Ostlund said. ‘We are living in an honor culture. We say we don’t have expectations of a man’s role, but it’s obvious what was expected of him.’”

2. Ballet Dancer Has a Day Off, but She Still Moves

“It’s so weird for a ballet dancer to get this much attention. I try to remind everyone that my career comes first. I try to take it one day at a time. We are never given a voice as dancers. We accept our art form in a very quiet way. My goal was to highlight the ballet world; we use so much more than just our bodies. It’s physical, like sports, but also intellectual. You need an understanding of music and choreography but also you need to know how to perform the character.”

3. Trying to Live in the Moment (and Not on the Phone)

“The first step in understanding our relationship to technology is to become aware of it.”

4. Why Doctors Need Stories

“Beyond its roles as illustration, affirmation, hypothesis-builder and low-level guidance for practice, storytelling can act as a modest counterbalance to a straitened understanding of evidence.”

5. A Paradox of Integration

“How can it be that minority students seem unhappier when they have a larger presence within institutions that once excluded them?”

6. When Uber and Airbnb Meet the Real World

“The law protects online speech, not actions people take in the offline world. Yet its ethos has permeated Silicon Valley so deeply that people invoke it even for things that happen offline.”

7. The Boys in the Clubhouse

“On the playing field, every single mistake a player makes is pointed out and criticized until corrected. By design, on the field of real life, the athlete rarely faces similar accountability. Issues that most of us deal with every day, whether it’s making a living or worrying about Ebola, have no place in the athletic realm, except when a public-relations staffer thinks it would be a good idea for a player to speak out about it. If it doesn’t have to do with the sport the athlete plays, then it does not matter.”

8. Are Women Better Decision Makers?

“Neuroscientists have uncovered evidence suggesting that, when the pressure is on, women bring unique strengths to decision making.”

9. Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

“This tendency to see meaning in life events seems to reflect a more general aspect of human nature: our powerful drive to reason in psychological terms, to make sense of events and situations by appealing to goals, desires and intentions. This drive serves us well when we think about the actions of other people, who actually possess these psychological states, because it helps us figure out why people behave as they do and to respond appropriately. But it can lead us into error when we overextend it, causing us to infer psychological states even when none exist. This fosters the illusion that the world itself is full of purpose and design.”

10. To Siri, With Love

“For most of us, Siri is merely a momentary diversion. But for some, it’s more.”

11. Flirting With the Dark Side

“Bereavement and its handmaiden, melancholy, seem to be sharing a moment of late, taking center stage or hovering in the wings of several current museum exhibitions, on television shows and in films, and in fine art and music, lending a whiff of glamour to a topic most people would prefer to ignore.”

12. Prized Souvenirs, Found for Free

“Sprigs of lavender, maps, matchbooks: They’re ordinary. Yet acquiring them in faraway places seems to infuse them with mystery. Suddenly that 2-cent coin was some cosmic affirmation that I was on the right path. Even if I wasn’t, plucking a coin from a sidewalk in heels necessitates slowing down — which is precisely what one must do to savor a spring night in Paris that’s fleeting even as it unfolds.”

13. Steven Pinker’s ‘The Sense of Style’

“The cause of most bad writing, Pinker thinks, is not laziness or sloppiness or overexposure to the Internet and video games, but what he calls the curse of knowledge: the writer’s inability to put himself in the reader’s shoes or to imagine that the reader might not know all that the writer knows — the jargon, the shorthand, the slang, the received wisdom.”

14. Why Are Americans So Fascinated With Extreme Fitness?

“CrossFitters represent just one wave of a fitness sea change, in which well-to-do Americans abandon easy, convenient forms of exercise in favor of workouts grueling enough to resemble a kind of physical atonement. For the most privileged among us, freedom seems to feel oppressive, and oppression feels like freedom.”

15. Why Tell Koko About Robin Williams’s Death?

“The moral question might not be ‘Is it wrong to tell Koko about a human’s suicide if that information will make her sad?’ The moral question might be ‘If we tell Koko about a human’s suicide and her sadness is rational and authentic, what else are we obligated to tell her?’”

16. Streaming Music Has Left Me Adrift

“The digital age has given everyone in America a better music collection than the one I put together over the last 20 years, and in so doing it has leveled us.”

17. When Women Become Men at Wellesley

“Like every other matriculating student at Wellesley, which is just west of Boston, Timothy was raised a girl and checked ‘female’ when he applied. Though he had told his high-school friends that he was transgender, he did not reveal that on his application, in part because his mother helped him with it, and he didn’t want her to know. Besides, he told me, ‘it seemed awkward to write an application essay for a women’s college on why you were not a woman.’ Like many trans students, he chose a women’s college because it seemed safer physically and psychologically.”

18. Nakedness in a Digital Age

“What we call Silicon Valley is a collection of suburbs connected by El Camino Real, the old Spanish highway of the California Mission era. The logic and the allure of the Valley’s digital ‘superhighway’ belong to the postwar American suburban impulse, against the congestion and contest of the city. The loneliness social media aspires to repair is the loneliness of empty streets, Dairy Queens, the loneliness of high school, the loneliness of Mexican gardeners, the loneliness of lawns. The advantage of shopping online, Silicon Valley encourages us to believe, is that one need not contend with bodies, with business hours, with complete sentences. The loneliness social media aspires to repair becomes the loneliness social media creates and exports to the world as ‘connection.’”

19. The Year 2004

Things that didn’t exist:

  • Smartphones
  • Gmail
  • Ben Affleck, film director
  • Locavorism
  • The countries of Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and South Sudan
  • YouTube
  • The cloud
  • Honey Boo Boo

20. A Dual Review of What’s New, Starring André 3000 and Fran Lebowitz

“I was vastly entertained that the Internet, which is killing newspapers, now gives you something where you can print out a little newspaper. It’s like a hunting rifle that makes little deer.”

21. Berluti, the Shoemaker’s Shoes

“His job has turned him into a student of masculine insecurity. He has given a boost to short guys who want to be taller, and a little extra toe for tall guys who think their feet look comparatively puny. He knows the lining fetishists: the Japanese clients who want a little flash when they de-shoe at a restaurant in Ginza, the Arabs who need their wingtips to stand out from the pile at the mosque. He has studied the foot bones — metatarsals, phalanges, etc. — and can tell if you play soccer or tennis, if you spend most of your days standing or sitting, if you’re a frequent long-haul flier and will need to account for swelling.”

22. Sisters of the Moon: Stevie Nicks and Haim

“In Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams and Rumors, one of two biographies to be released in the United States next year, the author Zoë Howe recounts a conversation between Nicks and Prince in which he tried to get her to write more directly about sex in her lyrics. She retorts, ‘You have to write about sex, so you must not be intrinsically sexy. I don’t have to write about sex because I am intrinsically sexy.’”

23. The Meaning of Life

“Over the last decade, without much fanfare, the core tenets of Buddhism have migrated from the spiritual fringe to become widely accepted techniques for dealing with the challenges of daily life. Feeling overwhelmed? ‘Watch your breath,’ ‘stay present’ and focus on ‘mindful action.’ Grappling with difficult emotions? ‘Seek awareness’ and ‘acceptance.’ Dissatisfied with life? Surely you’ve heard the idea that dissatisfaction is endemic to the human condition. While not always labeled as such, these are, in fact, the key principles of Buddhist teachings. And they couldn’t have come at a better time, when so many Americans are overscheduled, overstimulated and generally in need of anything that might cultivate a sense of internal calm.”

Sunday 10.12.2014 New York Times Digest

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1. The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum

“There is no right way to experience a museum, of course. Some travelers enjoy touring at a clip or snapping photos of timeless masterpieces. But psychologists and philosophers such as Professor Pawelski say that if you do choose to slow down — to find a piece of art that speaks to you and observe it for minutes rather than seconds — you are more likely to connect with the art, the person with whom you’re touring the galleries, maybe even yourself, he said. Why, you just might emerge feeling refreshed and inspired rather than depleted.”

2. At Florida State, Football Clouds Justice

“Police on numerous occasions have soft-pedaled allegations of wrongdoing by Seminoles football players. From criminal mischief and motor-vehicle theft to domestic violence, arrests have been avoided, investigations have stalled and players have escaped serious consequences.”

3. At Forlorn Urban Churches, Mass Gets Crowded in a Flash

“Named after flash mobs — spontaneous gatherings of crowds, often in a public place, to make an artistic or political statement — Mass mobs are spreading around the nation and taking church leaders by surprise.”

4. Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?

“For years, child development experts have advised parents to read to their children early and often, citing studies showing its linguistic, verbal and social benefits. In June, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised doctors to remind parents at every visit that they should read to their children from birth, prescribing books as enthusiastically as vaccines and vegetables. On the other hand, the academy strongly recommends no screen time for children under 2, and less than two hours a day for older children. At a time when reading increasingly means swiping pages on a device, and app stores are bursting with reading programs and learning games aimed at infants and preschoolers, which bit of guidance should parents heed?”

5. Inside League of Legends, E-Sports’s Main Event

“If you are not a male between the ages of 15 and 25, a group that Riot says accounts for 90 percent of all LoL players, the odds are good that you have never heard of e-sports, a catchall term for games that resemble conventional sports insofar as they have superstars, playoffs, fans, uniforms, comebacks and upsets. But all the action in e-sports occurs online, and the contestants hardly move.”

6. The Concept Car That Became a Star

“The car’s huge size (19 feet long) and limited passenger space (accommodating only two people) were a flamboyant advertisement for America’s post-World War II affluence.”

7. Heavier Babies Do Better in School

“All else equal, a 10-pound baby will score an average of 80 points higher on the 1,600-point SAT than a six-pound baby.”

8. Why Germans Are Afraid of Google

“On one hand, we’d love to be more like that: more daring, more aggressive. On the other hand, the force of anarchy makes Germans (and many other Europeans) shudder, and rightfully so. It’s a challenge to our deeply ingrained faith in the state.”

9. Can Celiac Disease Affect the Brain?

“Treating an autoimmune disease of the gut (by avoiding gluten) resolved what looked like a debilitating disorder of the brain. The broader takeaway was that, in some subset of patients, apparent neurological symptoms could signal undiagnosed celiac disease.”

10. Lady Psychopaths Welcome

“The idea that every portrait of a woman should be an ideal woman, meant to stand for all of womanhood, is an enemy of art — not to mention wickedly delicious Joan Crawford and Bette Davis movies. Art is meant to explore all the unattractive inner realities as well as to recommend glittering ideals. It is not meant to provide uplift or confirm people’s prior ideological assumptions. Art says ‘Think,’ not ‘You’re right.’”

11. Gender Genre

“In 1988, at the age of 20, I stopped reading men and read only women for a period that lasted almost three years.”

12. The Worth of Black Men, From Slavery to Ferguson

“A path can be traced from slavery to the killing of Michael Brown. The sociologist Loïc Wacquant asserts that racialized slavery was only the first in a series of ‘peculiar institutions’ (as went the 19th-century euphemism gilding the nation’s founding contradiction) to enforce caste and class in the United States. The most recent is the ‘hyperghetto’ and ‘hyperincarceration’ that presides today, wherein there’s little hope of mobility and uniformly dire possibilities. Instead of being at the center of the national economy — as were 20-year-olds in slave traders’ value scale — those who are young and black have become a distortion of the ‘extra man’: They are now surplus labor, discarded in advance as uneducable, unredeemable criminals or potential criminals.”

13. What’s the N.F.L.’s Incentive to Change?

“Despite all its current problems, pro football is positioned to not only weather its current storm, but also to sail through it toward greater prosperity.”

14. Getting Your Kids to Eat (or at Least Try) Everything

“Parents should purge their cabinets and shopping lists of junk, and they should set and enforce rules on what their children are allowed to eat. I can be even more specific: Teach your kids to snack on carrots and celery and fruit and hummus and guacamole — things made from fruits and vegetables and beans and grains. Offer these things all the time. Make sure breakfast and lunch are made up of items you would eat when you’re feeling good about your diet. Make a real dinner from scratch as often as you can. Worry less about labels like ‘G.M.O.’ and ‘organic’ and ‘local’ and more about whether the food you’re giving your children is real.”

15. What if You Just Hate Making Dinner?

“Why is food such a big part of rearing children? Why me? And why can’t I just crack open a half-dozen Clif bars and keep playing with my children?”

16. What Happens When Second Graders Are Treated to a Seven-Course, $220 Tasting Meal

“One Saturday afternoon last month, six second graders from P.S. 295 in Brooklyn got a head start on the fine-dining life when they visited the acclaimed French restaurant Daniel. There, five waiters presented them with a seven-course tasting menu (after the trio of canapés and an amuse-bouche, naturellement).”

All You Got Is Your Rep

“It’s better to not have a reputation than a bad one.”

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Sunday 10.5.2014 New York Times Digest

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1. Forty Portraits in Forty Years

“Throughout this series, we watch these women age, undergoing life’s most humbling experience. While many of us can, when pressed, name things we are grateful to Time for bestowing upon us, the lines bracketing our mouths and the loosening of our skin are not among them. So while a part of the spirit sinks at the slow appearance of these women’s jowls, another part is lifted: They are not undone by it. We detect more sorrow, perhaps, in the eyes, more weight in the once-fresh brows. But the more we study the images, the more we see that aging does not define these women. Even as the images tell us, in no uncertain terms, that this is what it looks like to grow old, this is the irrefutable truth, we also learn: This is what endurance looks like.”

2. In Washington State, Political Stand Puts Schools in a Bind

“Test scores soared. Yet just before school resumed for this fall, Lakeridge learned that it had been declared a failing school under federal education law.”

3. Community College Students Face a Very Long Road to Graduation

“The majority of community college students come from low-income families, and many arrive at school, as he did, with competing obligations (29 percent of community college students in the United States are parents), as well as the need for extensive remediation.”

4. Aboard a Cargo Colossus

“Until the late 1990s, the largest container ships could carry about 5,000 steel shipping containers, each about 20 feet long. Today, such ships are little more than chum … The Triple-E’s can carry more than 18,000 containers, piled 20 high, with 10 above deck and 10 below.”

5. Who Are ‘We the People’?

“Who is a person? How do you qualify for basic human rights? What is required for you to be able to speak or worship freely or to be free from torture? Throughout American history, the Supreme Court has considered and reconsidered the criteria for membership in the club of rights, oscillating between a vision limiting rights to preferred groups and another granting rights to all who require protection. These competing visions have led to some strange results.”

6. Download: Naomichi Yasuda

“Next year maybe I’m going to attempt the Mr. Tokyo bodybuilding contest in my age and weight category. No kidding! I attempted the Mr. Tokyo Jr. contest two times when I was 23 and 24 years old. It wasn’t good. My muscles were pretty much small. Now I’m 55. I just want to attempt growing the muscle and see how much my body can get in shape. Last year I went to the gym a total of 352 days. Every time I train for 2 hours and 15 minutes.”

7. We Want Privacy, but Can’t Stop Sharing

“Information about yourself is like currency. The amount you spend on a person signifies how much you value the relationship. And that person compensates you in kind. That’s why it feels like theft when someone tells your secrets or data miners piece together your personal history — using your browsing habits, online purchases and social networks — and sell it. And it’s also why if you’re profligate with information about yourself, you have precious little to offer someone really special.”

8. Smelling Liberal, Thinking Conservative

“Researchers found evidence that people are instinctively attracted to the smell emitted by those with similar ideologies. In one memorable instance, a female participant asked the scholars if she could take one of the samples home, describing it as ‘the best perfume I ever smelled.’ The scent came from a man who shared her political views. Just before, a different woman with the opposite views had smelled the exact same sample, declared it ‘rancid,’ and urged the researchers to throw it out.”

9. A Debt Collector’s Day

“On average, bill and account collectors in the United States make $16.66 an hour. Many are in debt themselves. The owner of one agency told me that, quite by chance, he occasionally bought debts that belonged to his own employees.”

10. I Love Lena

“The thing that makes Dunham’s show so interesting, the reason it inspired a certain unsettlement among some of its early fans, is that it often portrays young-liberal-urbanite life the way, well, many reactionaries see it: as a collision of narcissists educated mostly in self-love, a sexual landscape distinguished by serial humiliations — a realm at once manic and medicated, privileged and bereft of higher purpose.”

11. Antiquities Lost, Casualties of War

“The list of destroyed, damaged or looted works has only grown longer as the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, which seeks to create a caliphate, has pushed into northern Iraq. Sunni extremists like the Islamic State and others are deliberately wrecking shrines, statues, mosques, tombs and churches — anything they regard as idolatry.”

12. Resurrecting a Disgraced Reporter

“Sometimes, when David takes on Goliath, David is the one who ends up getting defeated.”

13. In Colorado, a Rebranding of Pot Inc.

“How can the pot industry shed its stoner stigma?”

14. An Imported Soda That Comes With Buzz

“Among subcultures that pride themselves on early adoption — techies, foodies, Brooklyn baristas — Mexican Coke is the new black. MexiCoke, as it is also called, is imported from Mexico and is sweetened by pure cane sugar, rather than the corn syrup found in the American version. Devotees say it delivers a sugar-infused, caffeine-amplified buzz, which is a particular draw for stay-up-all-night coders, writers and musicians. For hard-core fans, it’s Mexican Coke or none at all.”

15. Geek Squad

“Isaacson identifies several other virtues that were essential to his geeky heroes’ success, none of which will surprise those familiar with Silicon Valley’s canon of self-help literature: The digital pioneers all loathed authority, embraced collaboration and prized art as much as science.”

16. The Elements of Style

“Watching other women, seeing how they’re dressed and how they pull it off, is the way most of us learn to become ourselves.”

17. In Their Fashion

“Whether we know it or not, we are all now wearing Chanel’s distillation of European history.”

18. Market-Driven Behavior

“If you look on society as a product of human energy that has become a second nature to us, the environment we have to care for includes society itself, as well as the natural world of mountains, lakes and forests.”

19. A Brutal Process

“Slavery was essential to American development and, indeed, to the violent construction of the capitalist world in which we live.”

20. Elevating Dinner for One

“It is impossible to eat well in groups if you cannot eat well alone. I think this is true of anything — if it’s not what you do when no one’s looking, it will never be truly what you do. An hour spent tasting, watching, hearing only the rustle of your own observation, allows for a certain perceptiveness to arise, for the I to be sharpened.”

21. The Revelations of Marilynne Robinson

“I hate to say it, but I think a default posture of human beings is fear.”

22. The Most Ambitious Environmental Lawsuit Ever

“The sea is rising along the southeast coast of Louisiana faster than it is anywhere else in the world.”

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