Sunday 6.19.2016 New York Times Digest


1. Think Less, Think Better

“The capacity for original and creative thinking is markedly stymied by stray thoughts, obsessive ruminations and other forms of ‘mental load.’”

2. An Expensive Law Degree, and No Place to Use It

“People are not being helped by going to these schools. The debt is really high, bar passage rates are horrendous, employment is horrendous.”

3. The Garrison Keillor You Never Knew

“Like Howard Stern, Garrison Keillor created a packaging that nonlisteners took as real. And the actual show is so much more complex, and human and complicated than nonlisteners think it is.”

4. Pillow Talk With a Professional Cuddler

“In recent years, cuddling — billed as therapeutic, nonsexual touch on sites like the Snuggle Buddies and Cuddlist — has become the latest thing in wellness, beyond yoga and meditation.”

5. The Money Cult, by Chris Lehmann

“Lehmann shows that a specifically Protestant, vaguely gnostic materialism has always animated American life, saturating the lowly world of objects with the sanctity of higher, heavenly purpose, even unto our time. His book is a tour de force that illustrates the continuities of American cultural and economic history.”

6. Just How ‘Smart’ Do You Want Your Blender to Be?

“What is presented as an upgrade is actually a stealthy euphemism for ‘surveillance.’”

7. Can Netflix Survive in the New World It Created?

“Now that so many entertainment companies see it as an existential threat, the question is whether Netflix can continue to thrive in the new TV universe that it has brought into being.”

8. The Parasite Underground

“Over the past decade, thousands of people around the world have introduced parasites into their bodies on purpose, hoping to treat immune-related disorders.”

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