Sunday 6.3.2018 New York Times Digest


1. Letter of Recommendation: Airport Layovers

“Layovers are enforced ellipses in life — temporary tenures in air-conditioned limbo. Once you’ve made it to your gate, there is, for the moment, nothing substantial left to achieve. You are free.”

2. Listen Carefully, Book Lovers: Top Authors Are Skipping Print

“You’re not going to be able to read it, you’re only going to be able to listen to it.”

3. A City as a Basic-Income Test Lab

“As the first American city to test so-called universal basic income, Stockton will watch what happens next. So will governments and social scientists around the world as they explore how to share the bounty of capitalism more broadly at a time of rising economic inequality.”

4. The Housewives of White Supremacy

“Running alongside what could be mistaken for a peculiar style of mommy-vlogging is a virulent strain of white nationalism.”

5. The Mexican Revival of Small-Town America

“Overall, immigrants have helped both wealthy and poorer rural towns cope with an aging, declining population. They’ve rescued abandoned communities, some that had been losing population since the 1920s.”

6. Do You Like Your Name?

“Onomasticians, who are trained in various scholarly subdisciplines, study proper names, and many of their results are fascinating.”

7. What Happens When Abortion Is Banned?

“Abortifacient drugs have become so readily available in places like Chile and El Salvador that it has become impossible to enforce abortion bans. That was also the case in Ireland, where by some accounts, before last month’s legalization vote, at least two Irish women a day were self-administering abortions using pills.”

8. Sex and Gender on the Christian Campus

“White House policies cannot halt the undertow of generational change, and may even accelerate it, because a modest but meaningful resistance to evangelical support for Mr. Trump is brewing on many Christian campuses.”

9. A Memorial to the Lingering Horror of Lynching

“The act of lynching was, by calculation, intensely visual. Its central, recurring image of controlling white bodies surrounding a tortured black one projected a message meant to grind a black population down with fear. As with all terrorism, unpredictability and arbitrariness were tactical tools. Lynching was intended to demonstrate that any black person, male or female, adult or child, could be accused of any offense and be ritually slaughtered. The law was no protection, and guilt was presumed, because being black was the real crime.”

10. 73 Books to Read While the Sun Is Out and the Days Are Long

“Thrillers, romances, cookbooks, the great outdoors: We’ve got them, and more.”

11. A Sprightly History of Advice-Giving

“Few people in the history of written advice have actually been qualified to give it.”

12. The Wondrous Life of ‘The Library’

“To get through times like these, I recommend drinking alcohol and making use of libraries.”

13. Sloshed, Hammered, Blotto — We’ve Been Doing It for Ages

“The good folks at A.A. will be apoplectic over this book, which suggests that heavy drinking is a basic human need, providing us with relief from the burdens of civilized society and even, for many cultures in history, a glimpse of the divine.”

14. How to Pose for a Photograph

“Most people have a more attractive ‘good side,’ which tends to correspond with where they part their hair. To find yours, shoot a series of three selfies: First look straight at the camera, nose at 12 o’clock; turn to the right, nose at 1 o’clock; then to the left, at 11 o’clock.”

15. The Empowerment Cult

“Members believed that Raniere could heal them of emotional traumas, set them free from their fears and attachments, clear patterns of destructive thinking. Some believed he could heal them sexually too.”

16. Malcolm Gladwell Likes Things Better in Canada

“I like ideas that absolve people of blame. That’s the most consistent theme in all of my work. I don’t like blaming people’s nature or behavior for things. I like blaming systems and structures and environments for things.”

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