- A brief overview of Trump's personal oddities: agoraphobia, germaphobia, and a rumored reliance on cheap speed. Updated 18h ago
- At ExxonMobil, top leadership operates in a cult-like fashion.
- Anne Rice supports Peter Thiel's proposed transformation into vampire.
- John Kerry's faith in diplomacy led to gains for the environment and internationalism, but it also led to big failures in the Middle East. Updated 1d ago
- Mark Ostow photographs Obama's closest advisers and Cabinet members for Politico.
- Porno for the wonks: Policy debriefs from all 27 departing executive Cabinet-level officials.
- Most developers have the decency not to name their gentrification projects insultingly. Updated 2d ago
- An ultra-expensive D.C. restaurant closes, unable to solve its "price problem."
- The media discovers a classic Harlem sandwich, leading Whole Foods to debut a version at double the price.
Half a dozen compelling things to read during a Wednesday break
Can't say we loved reading all of these, but they certainly were all interesting.
Our data show that swearing emerges by age two and becomes adult-like by ages 11 or 12. By the time children enter school, they have a working vocabulary of 30-40 offensive words.
President Obama was the first to come up with a deliberate and explicit practice of 10 letters every day. If the president was home at the White House (he did not tend to mail when he traveled), he would be reading constituent mail, and everyone knew it, and systems were put in place to make sure it happened. The mail had currency. Some staff members called it “the letter underground.”
“There is always the domination of the minority over the majority. History is just the story of one elite replacing another.”
A friend asked me later whether Trump wasn’t “in on the joke” of his public persona, and I said that, as far as I could tell, the Trump we were used to seeing on television was the honest-to-god authentic Trump: a ten-year-old boy who, for unknown reasons, had been given a real airplane and a billion dollars.
In 1996, David Foster Wallace profiled tennis player Michael Joyce in one of the most celebrated pieces of sports writing ever published. Who has he become since?
I’d been waiting years for my daughter to show an organic interest in superheroes, video games, and the other stuff I write about as a professional nerd. It’s happening, at long last... but it’s taking us to some unexpectedly poignant places.
Instagram account messes with algorithm and body policing by posting close-ups of nipples.
The frame cuts out everything but the nipple, so the algorithm has no idea if it's looking at a man's nipple (OK) or a woman's nipple (not OK). The campaign says it aims to erode the double standard held by society and codified by Instagram toward female nudity.
- Trump probably doesn't know what public health is, and Mike Pence may try to kill us all. Updated 6d ago
- Let's hope former CDC director and Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher's optimism is not misplaced.
- If Mike Pence doesn't kill us all, Tom Price will.
- A musician pays homage to emergence with a beat programmed by the random noise of raindrops. Updated 1w ago
- According to scientists, life is like an eddy in the flow of chaos.
- No single ant has any idea where it's going. But their individual behaviors reliably add up to something remarkable.
Announcing the 2017 Tournament of Books
It’s been a long, turbulent sleep, but now the Rooster wakes. Introducing the shortlist, judges, commentators, and Zombie poll for the 13th edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books.
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The Top Albums of 2016
The best music from 2016 meant more than usual this year.
Closing the Door
The Year That Was and Wasn’t
The past year has been bad—but what made it bad, more or less? To find out, we asked a group of writers and thinkers: What were the most important events of 2016, and what were the least?
- Based on normal, not-rich-person metrics, Kushner shouldn't have gotten into Harvard. Updated 1w ago
- Using Holocaust-surviving grandparents to defend Trump's anti-semitic tropes doesn't please the family.
- Kushner Thinking 101: Evictions are the cost of progress.
- Watch the repeal of Obamacare, perhaps with a dirge of your choice. Updated 1w ago
- People who hate Obamacare often love the Affordable Care Act—which is the exact same thing.
- Behavioral science suggests people will push to regain Obamacare-related policies.