Sunday 12.23.2018 New York Times Digest

1. The Year in Pictures 2018

“The images here compel us to look closely, look twice, look slowly.”

2. The Itsy-Bitsy, Teenie-Weenie, Very Litigious Kiini Bikini

“In fashion, there is a fine, sometimes indistinguishable line separating inspiration and theft.”

3. What Is Glitter?

“The path to enlightenment is littered with trade secrets, vapors, aluminum ingots, C.I.A. levels of obfuscation, the invisible regions of the visible spectrum, a unit of measurement expressed as ’10-6 m’ and also New Jersey.”

4. PowerPoint Is the Most Efficient Way for Kids to Manage Their Parents

“For children growing up in a world where personal relationships are often maintained and managed through digital products, sometimes convincing parents to do stuff is most easily achieved with the help of a PowerPoint presentation.”

5. Isabel Wilkerson on Michelle Obama’s Becoming and the Great Migration

“While many of the 45 first ladies who preceded her were the daughters of wealthy merchants (Edith Roosevelt), bankers (Ida McKinley), judges (Helen Taft) and slaveholders (Martha Washington and Julia Grant), Michelle Obama was a descendant of the very caste of people that some of the previous first ladies had owned.”

6. The Not-So-Dumb Objects That Smartphones Have Led Us to Ignore

“Physical objects possess richly specific, intrinsic characters, and can be repositories of meaning in ways that a powerful portal to the entire world cannot manage.”

7. Wild Speculation Isn’t Worth Much. A ‘Theory,’ However…

“Once stamped with the imprimatur of a ‘theory,’ they demand to be taken seriously, no matter how flimsy they may be.”

8. The Filmmaker Karyn Kusama Explores the Many Dimensions of Women’s Rage

“Over five films, Kusama has used genre — the sports movie, sci-fi/fantasy, horror, the paranoid thriller and now the L.A. noir — to tell difficult stories about grief and trauma and what it takes to survive them.”

9. After More Than Two Decades of Work, a New Hebrew Bible to Rival the King James

“Of today’s popular versions, most have been commissioned by religious authorities and executed by committee, designed for the utilitarian needs of their congregants — or more likely of their leaders. They make little effort to represent the artistry of either the Hebrew or the English languages, much less of both at once, as Alter tries to do.”

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