Sunday 4.28.2019 New York Times Digest

1. World on Fire

“The demand climate change makes on us is to feel empathy for the unborn poor of the global south, and change our economies to act on the basis of their needs. That’s something humanity has never done before.”

2. Women Did Everything Right. Then Work Got ‘Greedy.’

“Just as more women earned degrees, the jobs that require those degrees started paying disproportionately more to people with round-the-clock availability. At the same time, more highly educated women began to marry men with similar educations, and to have children. But parents can be on call at work only if someone is on call at home. Usually, that person is the mother.”

3. I’m Done Mowing My Lawn

“Every summer, I imagine a different landscape, one that I do not have to mow. My sunny front lawn would be a great place to grow a vegetable garden: tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and maybe some chard. But if my dandelions raise eyebrows, imagine the reaction I would get to a raised garden bed just a few feet from the sidewalk.”

4. Who Will Defend the American Family?

“Today’s political conversation tends to overlook those women who would prefer to raise their children in one-breadwinner families like the ones they grew up in.”

5. The Rich Kid Revolutionaries

“Class privilege is like white privilege, in that its beneficiaries receive advantages that are, in fact, unearned. So for them to conclude that their own wealth is undeserved, and therefore immoral, constitutes a powerful critique of the idea of meritocracy.”

6. Can We Please Relax About ‘Socialism’?

“Only here is the word ‘socialism’ freighted with so much perceived menace. I take this to be a symptom of our unique national genius for stupidity. In every other free society with a functioning market economy, socialism is an ordinary, rather general term for sane and compassionate governance of the public purse for the purpose of promoting general welfare and a more widespread share in national prosperity.”

7. The Devastating Consequences of Being Poor in the Digital Age

“The poor often bear the burden of both ends of the spectrum of privacy harms; they are subjected to greater suspicion and monitoring when they apply for government benefits and live in heavily policed neighborhoods, but they can also lose out on education and job opportunities when their online profiles and employment histories aren’t visible (or curated) enough.”

8. Can Bar-Stool Democracy Save America?

“This migration from social to virtual drinking spaces may be good for our livers, but not for our body politic.”

9. The Empty Promises of Suicide Prevention

“Antidepressants can’t supply employment or affordable housing, repair relationships with family members or bring on sobriety.”

10. The Raisin Situation

“The American raisin industry, which is estimated to be worth about $500 million, is particularly fractious.”

11. By the Book: Gary Snyder

“Like most writers, I don’t educate myself sequentially, but more like a hawk or eagle always circling and finding things that might have been overlooked.”

12. Savior Complex

“Androgynous images of God, rejection of traditional gender roles and the promise of economic security on a quasi-Christian commune held special appeal for women, especially those who needed a way to leave toxic marriages and survive on their own.”

13. After Reconstruction

“The German word for this effort is Vergangenheitsbewältigung — coming to terms with the past — and it carries connotations of a painful history that citizens would rather not confront but that must be confronted in order not to be repeated. Vergangenheitsbewältigung is essential for understanding the American past as a whole.”

14. How to Be a Nose Breather

“Humans naturally do most of their breathing through their nasal passages, which serve to heat, humidify and filter the air. It’s not uncommon, though, to slip into a mouth-breathing habit. Test yourself by inhaling through your nostrils.”

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