Sunday 3.1.2020 New York Times Digest

1. How to Quarantine at Home

“Sometimes the desire for human contact will overwhelm you.”

2. The Pied Pipers of the Dirtbag Left Want to Lead Everyone to Bernie Sanders

“‘It’s a common experience to be someone with a crappy job who does not have an outlet for your set of beliefs and you feel insane because you’re surrounded by liberals or Evangelicals or whatever stultifying milieu. And one day you find a piece of media with some folks who are articulating what you always believed: You’re not crazy, you’re right, this is exactly how the world works, and you’re getting screwed.’”

3. For Seoul’s Poor, Class Strife in ‘Parasite’ Is Daily Reality

“In Seoul, wealth is measured by how high you live”

4. An N.B.A. Veteran Tops The Western Conference And the Music Charts

“I thought you just make a beat and give it to the artists. But it’s not like that at all. I really figured out it’s more about relationships rather than just making a million beats and hoping somebody picks it up.”

5. Is America on the Way to a Caste System?

“There has always been a gap between the haves and have-nots, but what was a tiered system in America is morphing into a caste system. As the rich get richer and more businesses focus exclusively on serving them, there is less attention and shabbier service for everybody who’s not at the pinnacle.”

6. Putting Her Own Dent in the Universe

“One profound learning I took from him was that we don’t have to accept the world that we’re born into as something that is fixed and impermeable. When you zoom in, it’s just atoms just like us. And they move all the time. And through energy and force of will and intention and focus, we can actually change it. Move it.”

7. College Loans: Debt That Swallows Generations

“While most borrowers are 18 to 39 years old, people over 60 are the fastest-growing segment of the population with student loan debt, according to a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.”

8. My Tireless Quest for a Tubeless Wipe

“Kimberly-Clark is the first and only maker of toilet paper without cardboard tubes.”

9. To Take On the Coronavirus, Go Medieval on It

“For the first time in more than a century, the world has chosen to confront a new and terrifying virus with the iron fist instead of the latex glove.”

10. White Supremacy Goes Green

“From France to Washington to New Zealand, angry voices on the hard right — nationalists, populists and others beyond conventional conservatism — are picking up old environmental tropes and adapting them to a moment charged with fears for the future. In doing so, they are giving potent new framing to a set of issues more typically associated with the left.”

11. My Ex-Boyfriend’s New Girlfriend Is Lady Gaga

“Social media in 2020 is so ingrained that it’s no longer a supplement or even an addiction. It’s just an accelerated extension of the way humans have always behaved. We live in a culture of constant updates. You want to unsubscribe? Well, you can’t.”

12. The Political Pundits of TikTok

“In a sense, these TikTok users are building short-form TV networks, each with a cast of talking heads. On TikTok they’re called hype houses, named after the high-powered influencer collab house in Los Angeles. These political houses are not physical homes, but virtual, ideological ones represented by group accounts.”

13. A Ticket to the World, Full of Men’s Words.

“When I travel, that document is the one thing I have that says, ‘I am American.’ But upon close inspection, it also says something else. It says that America is a country built by men, and that our achievements and values are best articulated by men.”

14. The Unraveling of the Muslim World

“Instead of feuding over theology, Ghattas shows, Saudi Arabia and Iran transformed latent religious divisions into weapons wielded in the pursuit of political power, by cultivating and often arming sectarian militias across the region.”

15. The Myth of the Silent, Sulky, Horny Teenage Boy

“These writers are worried. Both realize that, in our efforts to protect and raise up our daughters, we have neglected our sons’ emotional and physical development. We’ve left their sex education to pornography; we’re clueless about their hormones (turns out, puberty happens long before the first fuzz of a mustache); and we underestimate their vulnerabilities and desire for connection. Our boys get awkward and quiet; we parents get awkwarder and quieter. And then they’re launched into the world without the tools and self-awareness they need to do some good — or, at the very least, to do no harm.”

16. Highways Through Hell

“Despite the threats that lay ahead every time African-Americans got into their cars, despite the stress and its psychological toll, they kept hitting the road, moving forward, questing for freedom.”

17. What’s a Quibi? A Way to Amuse Yourself Until You’re Dead

“A sincere reckoning with just how much of our lives we spend watching things is probably impossible at this point.”

18. Talk: Sonny Rollins

“I used to look at TV a lot. Then I realized, this is very negative. Images and lies and bad for your eyes: I made sure that mantra got in my head, and I stopped looking at TV. I do listen to the radio. I’m trying to get away from that. Silence to me is meditative. To get into that silent space is a huge thing. But even today I’ve had the radio on so much. It’s something I’m working on.”

19. Piled Bodies, Overflowing Morgues: Inside America’s Autopsy Crisis

“Eleven years ago, the National Research Council issued a warning that there were fewer than 500 forensic pathologists in the United States, a number that couldn’t cover even half the annual deaths that require autopsy. (For scale, there are more than 12,000 dermatologists.) In the years since, the opioid epidemic has increased their caseload so drastically that the system is threatening to collapse. In the last 10 years, medical examiner’s offices with a glut of cases have lost accreditation with the national supervising association. The bodies in their districts are often shipped to other offices — which then become overloaded and risk losing accreditation in turn.”

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