The Supreme Court bars Arizona from denying driver's licenses to "Dreamers."

Greeting cards serve as a reminder that it is often with the clichéd and the ordinary that the fabric of language starts to unravel, and the pulse of life—that which will always remain beyond words—begins to bubble up from beneath.

Greeting cards are bags of cliché‘d garbage. They’re also incredibly meaningful.

↩︎ Aeon
Electronic clocks across Europe lost six minutes last week thanks to a Kosovo-Serbia energy fight.
A photographer chases the good light down 2,300 miles of the Mississippi River.
If you follow the news, it seems like the US government is in chaos. In fact, under Trump, it's mostly on vacation.

As the movie uplifts the African noble at the expense of the black American man, every crass principle of modern black respectability politics is upheld.

Black women are Black Panther’s brightest spot. The role of black American men, not so much.

↩︎ Boston Review
Choose a year and a database spits out which words were used for the very first (recorded) time.
Older women in Japan shoplift in order to go to prison, where they find company, sustenance, reprieve from anxiety.
John Oliver publishes a children's book about Mike Pence's bunny falling in love with another boy bunny.

As most people know, the majority of discourse in online comment sections is not inspirational. The best I could do as moderator some days was to keep the conversation from completely turning into a flaming cesspool.

A comment moderator says farewell after a decade in “a long-term abusive relationship.”

↩︎ The Atlantic
If you're not keen on this White House, here's a pleasant summary of the week's bad tidings for Trump & Co.

According to Popular Mechanics, the "Coastline Paradox" has been vexing researchers and cartographers since its discovery by mathematician Lewis Fry Richardson in 1951.

The explanation for the paradox is surprisingly simple: unlike human-drawn geometrical shapes, a coastline is full of nooks and crannies made by nature. The more one zooms in on the coastline, the more these inconsistencies multiply. This means that the length of a coastline is completely dependent on what size of measurement unit you use to study it. For example, the coastline of the UK is only 2,800 kilometers long when measured in lengths of 100 kilometers. Shrink that to 50 kilometer measurements and suddenly the coastline is 3,400 kilometers. 

Coastlines are like fractals—he further you zoom in, the more complex it gets (famed fractal researcher Benoit Mandelbrot expanded Richardson's work on the paradox). If you were to try to measure a coastline on an atomic level, the length would approach infinity.

Recent shifts in White House personnel suggest the Nationalists are beating the Globalists handily.
A series of world maps uses the literal translations of countries' names.
An essay on the differences between how Kenyans think of "tribe" and what history and social science have to say.

Do ships sail on railroads?
Do stones float in the air?
May meat be cut with a knife?

Lovely poetry emerges from a literacy test given to recruits during WWI.

↩︎ Futility Closet

Sex isn’t a sandwich, and it isn’t really like anything else either. There is nothing else so riven with politics and yet so inviolably personal.

Some interesting thoughts about contemporary desire, Grindr swaps, and how men explain Lolita to women.

↩︎ The London Review of Books
If you follow men's college basketball, the sudden fall of the Pac-12 probably busted your brackets.
The mystery behind the blockade of Qatar begins with a falconing party and ends with a jaw-dropping plot by Iran.