- Always Narrating: The Making and Unmaking of Umberto Eco
- Medieval Reads: The Rebel Angels, by Robertson Davies
- Turandot and the deep Indo-European roots of “daughter”
- What causes an ice age to end?
- With Hot Rats, Frank Zappa moved to L.A. and invented jazz-rock
- Scientists long puzzled over plastic ‘missing’ from our oceans—but now it’s been found
- Building blocks for life on Earth arrived much later than we thought, billion-year-old rocks show
COVID-19 Edition (Vol 2)
- CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- COVID-19/Coronavirus Real Time Updates With Credible Sources in US and Canada
- Flatten the curve: These guidelines are intended to help Flatten the Curve with the COVID-19 outbreak, to help limit spread and reduce the load on hospitals and other healthcare
- School closings and canceled events save lives by “flattening the curve”
- Our World in Data: How many tests for COVID-19 are being performed around the world?
- Don’t Panic: The comprehensive Ars Technica guide to the coronavirus
- Reporting on COVID-19: Resources for journalists
- Broadway is Closed: Write Poems Instead.
COVID-19 Edition (Vol 1)
- CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands
- Coronavirus’s Genetics Reveal its Global Travels
- How the Coronavirus Revealed Authoritarianism’s Fatal Flaw: China’s use of surveillance and censorship makes it harder for Xi Jinping to know what’s going on in his own country.
- It’s not overreacting to prepare for coronavirus. Here’s how. Five things you can do now to get ready for an outbreak.
- Coronavirus: a globalisation inflection point? COVID–19 and the climate crisis have put a sudden brake on the rush towards globalisation. Can we create a new vision of global business amongst these crises?
- Rands: How to Edit
- Artist in the World (via Kottke)
- The Truth About Alligators in the Sewers of New York
- An Adult’s Guide to Social Skills, for Those Who Were Never Taught
- Anna Burns on her life-changing Booker win: ‘It’s nice to feel I’m solvent. That’s a huge gift.’
- Bandcamp Daily Interview: Sahel Sounds, Music from Saharan Whatsapp
I hear so much about how we are a divided nation. That’s not what I see. I see a nation that is pitching a fit like an indulged child trying to hold the household hostage through ultimatum: “I get exactly what I want – and everyone else gets screwed over!” Both Democrats and Republicans are exhibiting this obscene behavior.
For those who still read critically and think for themselves, consider Thomas Friedman’s latest Opinion piece.
As the sober, forward-thinking party, I believe Democrats have demonstrated how deep our bench is. Let’s stop thinking like Republicans who seem to believe they cannot live alongside different ideas. Let’s recognize and foster the ideological coalition that is naturally accreting.
(And no need to dumb it down or create a ridiculously reduced soundbite. Americans are smart enough to handle it. Besides, dictionaries still exist. For now.)
- Why Some Job Interviews are Downright Weird
- Ghosts, Sea Gulls, and Incompetents: How to Deal With Bad Bosses
- Mitigating Malicious Envy: Why Successful Individuals Should Reveal Their Failures (Harvard Business School; PDF)
- When a New Colleague Sees Showing Up as Optional
- When Feedback From Distant Bosses Feels Like an Insult
- Take Back Your Weekends (and Leave the Work at Work)
- Caffeine has been a boon for civilization, Michael Pollan says. But it has come at a cost.
- ‘The intelligence coup of the century’: For decades, the CIA read the encrypted communications of allies and adversaries.
- Stephen Joyce Dies at 87; Guarded Grandfather’s Literary Legacy
- There are 10,000 Cities on Planet Earth. Half Didn’t Exist 40 Years Ago
- The Apollo Masters fire; the Vinyl Pause of 2020: FAQ in progress
- The Medieval Masterpiece, the Book of Kells, Is Now Digitized & Put Online
- Why the NYPD Dropped One of Its Oldest Crime-Fighting Tools: Officers’ most-used item since the 1800s isn’t the gun or handcuffs, but the handwritten activity log. Now an iPhone app is replacing it.
- George Steiner, Prodigious Literary Critic, Dies at 90
- Cities Are Cutting the Salt from their Winter Road Diets
- No One Can Explain Why Planes Stay In The Air:
Do recent explanations solve the mysteries of aerodynamic lift?
- ‘Deaf’ Beethoven was able to hear his final symphony after all
- BoJack Horseman and Ibsen: Prestige Television’s Greatest Trick