Sunday 8.20.2017 New York Times Digest


1. How to Make Fun of Nazis

“Violence directed at white nationalists only fuels their narrative of victimhood — of a hounded, soon-to-be-minority who can’t exercise their rights to free speech without getting pummeled. It also probably helps them recruit.”

2. Women of Sex Tech, Unite

“Dame, along with other new companies like Unbound, House of Plume and Sustain, is part of a tech-savvy and female-led women’s sexuality movement that has made its home in New York instead of, say, Silicon Valley. Women, many of them under 40, are updating sex toys and related products with their own needs in mind, and leading the companies that sell them.”

3. The Moral Voice of Corporate America

“Business leaders looking to the future are accepting that it is unwise to isolate swaths of the population by coming off as racist, sexist or intolerant. Instead, for the sake of the bottom line, it is imperative that they appeal to the widest possible audience.”

4. Trump Says More Jobs Will Help Race Relations. If Only It Were So Simple

“There’s not much evidence in recent history that racial attitudes are shaped by the ups and downs of the overall economy.”

5. Evidence of a Toxic Environment for Women in Economics

“The 30 words most uniquely associated with discussions of women make for uncomfortable reading. In order, that list is: hotter, lesbian, bb (internet speak for ‘baby’), sexism, tits, anal, marrying, feminazi, slut, hot, vagina, boobs, pregnant, pregnancy, cute, marry, levy, gorgeous, horny, crush, beautiful, secretary, dump, shopping, date, nonprofit, intentions, sexy, dated and prostitute.”

6. How to Sell a Frank Lloyd Wright House

“The process is not easy, with many going on and off the market over many years, as owners try to find buyers willing to assume the responsibility while appreciating what they are getting.”

7. With Conrad on the Congo River

“In the midafternoon heat, as I lay on my bunk rereading Heart of Darkness, batting away tsetse flies, I had an uneasy sensation that for all that I’d come to Congo to follow Conrad, he’d never felt farther away. ‘Everything is hateful to me,’ he once told a confidante. ‘Men and things, but especially men.’ Yet I was having precisely the opposite experience: On board Primus I, I was becoming part of a dynamic floating village, where things had become familiar and people were becoming friends.”

8. What White Nationalism Gets Right About American History

“It is essential that we recognize that the white nationalist history embedded in American culture lends itself to white nationalist rallies like the one in Charlottesville. If you want to preserve Confederate memorials, but you don’t work to build monuments to historical black leaders, you share the same cause as the marchers.”

9. Is Your Sunscreen Poisoning the Ocean?

“Even in minute doses, the researchers found, oxybenzone rapidly bleaches coral and slows new growth: A single drop in 4.3 million gallons of water — about six and a half Olympic-size swimming pools — is enough to be deadly.”

10. Save Your Sanity. Downgrade Your Life.

“Over the past few years, as my work life has accelerated at boggling speed, my personal life has begun creeping backward toward the 20th century. Like carbon offsets, each decision to remove a technology at home makes the corresponding upgrade at work feel more acceptable.”

11. The New Authority in Great Books to Read: Who You Follow on Instagram

“Increasingly, book publicists are working to get new hardcovers into celebrities’ hands — not in hopes of a film option but a simple tweet, Instagram photo or Facebook post.”

12. Karl Ove Knausgaard: By the Book

“I’m convinced everything can be useful for my writing, so I buy a lot of books randomly, about subjects I think one day can make it into a novel. For instance a book about Chinese science from 1500 to 1900. I still haven’t read it, though. If I do, I’m afraid my dream of writing a wonderful Chinese novel will vanish.”

13. How the Radical Right Played the Long Game and Won

“He knew that the majority would never agree to being constrained. He therefore helped lead a push to undermine their trust in public institutions. The idea was to get voters to direct their ire at these institutions and divert their attention away from increasing income and wealth inequality.”

14. America Is Struggling to Sort Out Where ‘Violence’ Begins and Ends

“There is a rising idea that violence is embedded in everything from our social structures to our speech — that speech itself can be a form of violence, one every bit as meaningful as the physical kind.”

15. How to Survive a Bear Encounter

“If a bear is eating you, don’t play dead.”

16. Down the Breitbart Hole

“To the extent that there is a coherent ideology behind Breitbart, we’ve also done a crummy job of figuring out what it is.”

17. How Rebecca Solnit Became the Voice of the Resistance

“I am interested in almost everything, and it can sometimes seem like a burden.”

18. The Rooms Where Writers Work

“That’s my favorite thing about L.A., the constant golden light, which is a little bit unreal.”

19. The Familiar Promise of Health and Happiness in a Bottle

“As the world speeds up and its institutions crumble, we revert to rustic wizardry and the simple beauty and comfort found in nature’s bounty.”


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