Sunday 7.31.2016 New York Times Digest


1. To a Writer, a Body of Work Is a Taunt

“Readers and writers do not think of a body of work in the same way. To a reader, a body of work is a static totality by which a writer may be assessed. To a writer, it is something of a taunt. Writers think of a body of work as a movie tough guy whom we have popped in the jaw. We rear back and deliver our best haymaker, and the body of work shakes it off and says, That all you got?”

2. Harnessing the Immune System to Fight Cancer

“Harnessing the immune system to fight cancer, long a medical dream, is becoming a reality.”

3. Study Finds Chinese Students Excel in Critical Thinking. Until College.

“Chinese students lose their advantage in critical thinking in college.”

4. Could Women Be Trusted With Their Own Pregnancy Tests?

“Ms. Crane’s story offers a lesson about the social and political forces that can keep even trusted and easy-to-use medical tools out of the hands of patients, and especially the hands of young female patients. An entire crowd of chemists, biologists and engineers made the technology possible. But it took Ms. Crane — a Greenwich Village artist — to grasp the meaning of the device, and to fight for it.”

5. The Path to Prosperity Is Blue

“Blue states are generally doing better.”

6. What Babies Know About Physics and Foreign Languages

“Young children today continue to learn best by watching the everyday things that grown-ups do, from cleaning the house to fixing a car.”

7. Confessor. Feminist. Adult. What the Hell Happened to Howard Stern?

“Since settling in to his new home on satellite radio, which he did in 2006, Mr. Stern and his show have gradually taken on an improbable new dimension. Scattered among the gleefully vulgar mainstays are now long, starkly intimate live exchanges — character excavations that have made Mr. Stern one of the most deft and engrossing celebrity interviewers in the business and a sought-after stop for stars selling a movie or setting the record straight.”

8. The Oppressive Gospel of ‘Minimalism’

“What was once a way artists shocked viewers became over the decades a style as delimited and consumable as any Martha Stewart tablescape.”

9. The Talking Head

“He has presided over the Olympics for so long, nearly 30 years, that he may as well have broadcast the first ceremony from ancient Greece.”

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