Sunday 3.11.2018 New York Times Digest


1. No Magic Pill Will Get You to 100.

“Some of the biggest names in dieting, organic agriculture and preventive medicine died at surprisingly young ages.”

2. In Britain’s Playgrounds, ‘Bringing in Risk’ to Build Resilience

“Out went the plastic playhouses and in came the dicey stuff: stacks of two-by-fours, crates and loose bricks. The schoolyard got a mud pit, a tire swing, log stumps and workbenches with hammers and saws.”

3. Overlooked

“Since 1851, The New York Times has published thousands of obituaries: of heads of state, opera singers, the inventor of Stove Top stuffing and the namer of the Slinky. The vast majority chronicled the lives of men, mostly white ones; even in the last two years, just over one in five of our subjects were female.”

4. There Are Still DVD Rental Stores in New York

“When you’ve got a store like this, it’s nice that you can look at the boxes and see what you’re getting.”

5. Dial P for Privacy: The Phone Booth Is Back

“The return of the phone booth signals a gesture toward more civility. Talking on the phone for others to overhear, especially in a work environment, has become at best an etiquette issue, and at worst … a pollutant.”

6. Plant-Loving Millennials at Home and at Work + Houseplants for Beginners

“Wellness-minded millennials, especially ones in large urban environments that lack natural greenery, are opting to fill their voids — both decorative and emotional — with houseplants.”

7. Money Is Power. And Women Need More of Both.

“Girls as they are growing up are not socialized to feel that it’s O.K. for them to have ambition about creating wealth, not the way it is for little boys.”

8. When Smug Liberals Met Conservative Trolls

“The more smugness, the more satisfying it is to poke holes in it; the more toxic the trolling, the greater the sense of moral superiority. The result: an odoriferous stew of political rhetoric that is nearly irresistible to those on the inside and confusingly abhorrent to those on the outside.”

9. How Lies Spread Online

“For all categories of information — politics, entertainment, business and so on — we found that false stories spread significantly farther, faster and more broadly than did true ones.”

10. YouTube, the Great Radicalizer

“It seems as if you are never ‘hard core’ enough for YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. It promotes, recommends and disseminates videos in a manner that appears to constantly up the stakes. Given its billion or so users, YouTube may be one of the most powerful radicalizing instruments of the 21st century.”

11. The Northwest Passage That Might Have Been

“Ideas do not exist only on their own merits. Timing matters.”

12. The Man Who Knew Too Little

“Donald Trump’s victory shook him. Badly. And so Mr. Hagerman developed his own eccentric experiment, one that was part silent protest, part coping mechanism, part extreme self-care plan. He swore that he would avoid learning about anything that happened to America after Nov. 8, 2016.”

13. Secret to a Great Trip: Ditch the Devices

“Many people are too absorbed by the convenience and distraction of their phones to pay close attention to their surroundings.”

14. 25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going

“If the last version of pop was driven by people who desperately wanted everyone to care and everything to matter, it’s only natural for the next wave to be interested in what it looks like when you don’t care, and nothing matters.”

15. We Are What We Manufacture

“The history of large factories … is the history of the modern world and most everything we see, experience and touch.”

16. How Businesses Became People

“From 1607, when the Virginia Company established the Jamestown colony, corporations have been inextricably embedded in American life.”

17. Fierce Convictions

“America’s public universities were founded, Robinson notes, to democratize privilege — the privilege to prepare for a profession, yes, but also to learn how others over the course of history have answered the Great Questions, and how to ask and answer such questions for one’s self.”


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