Sunday 1.29.2017 New York Times Digest


1. Why Succeeding Against the Odds Can Make You Sick

“Decades of research show that when resilient people work hard within a system that has not afforded them the same opportunities as others, their physical health deteriorates.”

2. Immigration Ban Is Unlikely to Reduce Terrorist Threat, Experts Say

“The president’s directive is unlikely to significantly reduce the terrorist threat in the United States…. Many experts believe the order’s unintended consequences will make the threat worse.”

3. Troops Who Cleaned Up Radioactive Islands Can’t Get Medical Care

“Roughly 4,000 troops helped clean up the atoll between 1977 and 1980. Like Mr. Snider, most did not even wear shirts, let alone respirators. Hundreds say they are now plagued by health problems, including brittle bones, cancer and birth defects in their children. Many are already dead.”

4. How the Poet Ron Padgett Spends His Sundays

“We both grew up in Tulsa, and the custom in those days was to have dinner at 6 o’clock. It’s a custom we’ve never gotten over. So we sit down and eat almost exactly at 6 o’clock every night. It’s challenging in New York. When I first came to the city, people would say, ‘Will you come for dinner at 7:30 or 8?’ And I’d think, God, I’ll be dying of hunger by then.”

5. In America’s Heartland, Discussing Climate Change Without Saying ‘Climate Change’

“People are all talking about it, without talking about it.”

6. Play It Again, Lois and Judy and George.

“Ms. Lay is part of a growing number of retirees who are returning to the instruments they played during childhood and then put aside, or who are taking up the piano, flute or horn for the first time.”

7. Instead of Leaving a Job, Why Not Take a Pause?

“Leaves should be available for parents and nonparents, and for the purpose of clarifying your career goals. The academic world — and some corporations — have embraced the concept of sabbaticals, and I hope more companies recognize how important they are in helping their workers thrive.”

8. The Normalization Trap

“When people think about what is normal, they combine their sense of what is typical with their sense of what is ideal. Normal, in other words, turns out to be a blend of statistical and moral notions.”

9. Roxane Gay: By the Book

“I love when I read something that feels like the writer has taken a blade to my chest and cut my heart out. Basically, I love reading things that make me feel the same way I feel when listening to Beyoncé — slayed.”

10. Geography Made America Great. Has Globalization Undone Its Influence?

“For all the turbulent change swirling about us now, America was and remains the product of an exceptional geography. North America has more miles of navigable inland waterways than much of the rest of the world combined. Better still, its rivers run diagonally rather than (as in Russia) north and south, forming an ideal network for internal communication and trade. Moreover, America’s continental span and rich resource base shield it from external threat and dependency. Thus the United States is uniquely blessed by geography to form and sustain a cohesive continental union. Union is not the same as unity, but it’s a good start.”

Comments are closed.