Sunday 6.16.2019 New York Times Digest

1. Canada Learns to Swagger

“At a time when the news is filled with racism and nationalism, here we were, with all our differences, celebrating like family. Never had I felt more connected to our flag, to this country. It was as though with this victory, a city — and a country — had found its identity.”

2. The Exposure of an Unspeakable Secret

“Discovering Nazi activity in corporate history is a somewhat regular occurrence in the country, and the crimes of the Reimanns were not as severe as, for example, those of the many larger companies with ties to death camps and the expropriation of Jewish businesses. But JAB’s portfolio of sunny coffee-and-doughnut brands in the United States made the revelations a global news story.”

3. How to Win in the Winner-Take-All Economy

“Even for those who never show up for a job at a mega-corporation, many of the traits it takes to succeed within them are becoming essential in other settings, including smaller companies, government and the nonprofit world.”

4. Talking to a Black Woman Beekeeper About the American Ideal

“Some of the people who are winning are the loneliest, most scared and unhappy people.”

5. Black Bodies, Green Spaces

“More than 30 years into the movement for environmental justice, and more than a decade into a global, multiracial campaign led by groups like to raise awareness about climate change and push governments into action, many Americans still do not associate black people with environmental engagement. But this notion of African-Americans existing apart from natural environments is more than just a contemporary stereotype ripe for satire; it all but ignores crucial aspects of American experience. The truth is that African-Americans’ relationship to the environment is complicated and runs deep.”

6. How to End a Friendship

“There’s no accounting for a friendship’s demise. The atmosphere changes; a sense of duty creeps in. Conversations that were once freewheeling shift into that less than enjoyable territory of ‘catching up.’ Soon you realize social media is the only thing keeping a no-longer-friendship on life support.”

7. Why Can’t Everyone Get A’s?

“We have been taught to respond with suspicion whenever all members of any group are successful. That’s true even when we have no reason to believe that corners have been cut. In America, excellence is regarded as a scarce commodity. Success doesn’t count unless it is attained by only a few.”

8. How Country Music Explains America’s Divided History

“Liberals may think that country music is hopelessly red, and conservatives may believe it is inexorably nationalistic, but the genre, like the Republic itself, has been more subtle and challenging.”

9. How Should Christians Have Sex?

“All creation, including human bodies, by grace reveals deeper spiritual truth. In other words, matter matters. So when a person engages another person sexually, Christians would say, it’s not ‘just’ bodies enacting natural evolutionary urges but also an encounter with another soul. To reassert this truth feels embarrassingly retrograde and precious by today’s standards. But even the nonreligious attest that in sex, something ‘more’ is happening, however shrouded that more might be.”

10. Can Dads Have It All?

“When you add up housework, paid work and child care, married fathers today are doing slightly more work than married mothers.”

11. Hollywood Reconsiders the Bad Female Boss

“If women wish to seize power, they must compete ruthlessly with one another, but if they want to be seen as good feminists, they must act as if they are not in competition at all.”

12. The New Sobriety

“No longer do you have to feel left out or uncool for being sober. You maybe don’t even have to completely stop drinking alcoholic beverages?”

13. Happy Birthday! Just Don’t Open Your Inbox

“During birth months, weeks and days, digital and physical mailboxes can become congested with celebratory coupons, a supposed benefit of signing up for subscription lists and reward programs. But these can contribute to the vague feeling of malaise surrounding one’s birthday in the digital age, when greetings come easily, but perhaps not thoughtfully, thanks to automated calendar reminders.”

14. The Queen of Eating Shellfish Online

“Hundreds of thousands of people tune in each week to watch Bethany Gaskin binge-eat shellfish on YouTube […] The videos, produced in her Cincinnati home, have made her a millionaire.”

15. The Working Woman’s Handbook

“The workplace still isn’t equal. Learn to dodge the landmines, fight bias and not burn out in the process.”

16. By the Book: Elliot Ackerman

“What goes in comes out. So I try to read good books, to watch good films, to listen to good music.”

17. George Will’s Political Philosophy

“Restraint; prudence; skepticism; awe; responsibility and ease in modernity. All these virtues are to be found in Will’s very American variety of conservatism. And these reflections of a conservative disposition or sensibility save Will from some of the more abstract forms of ideology that his defense of natural rights implies. They inevitably cast a shadow on what passes for conservatism in the Republican Party today. Their values are domination; gut-thinking; cultishness; recklessness; fundamentalism; and the preference for raw power over letting things be.”

18. When Britney Spears Posts on Instagram, a Thousand Conspiracies Flower

“Spears is allowed to exist out of the public eye but only if she can prove her existence by sharing private videos of herself with the public.”

19. The Day the Music Burned

“It was the biggest disaster in the history of the music business.”

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