"In Search of Frankenstein" juxtaposes snow-covered mountains with "a network of eerie subterranean bunkers."
Two writers are currently employed at LaGuardia Airport to write stories for you while you fly, ready when you land.
How a movie car designer imagines an autonomous supercar of the future.
Paul Ryan promised Harley Davidson workers that corporate tax cuts would protect their jobs. Now they're fired.
Grimes's defenses aside, Elon Musk violated labor regulations with a tweet about unionization and stock options.

The 2018 Rooster Summer Reading Challenge Reading List

More information coming soon, including our judges and summer reading schedule—in the meantime, here are the books we’ll be reading for this year's Rooster Summer Reading Challenge:


An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Amazon / IndieBound / Powell’s)
Tomb Song by Julián Herbert (Amazon / IndieBound / Powell’s)


Census by Jesse Ball (Amazon / IndieBound / Powell’s)
Circe by Madeline Miller (Amazon / IndieBound / Powell’s)


The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (Amazon / IndieBound / Powell’s)
Kudos by Rachel Cusk (Amazon / IndieBound / Powell’s)


On the back of an envelope you find an interrupted game of tic-tac-toe (zeroes and crosses). You know that each player was an expert, which means that she never puts herself into a potentially losing position and that she always wins if her opponent gives her the opportunity. There are two Xs and two Os in the diagram, and it is impossible to tell whose move it is. What is the position?

A puzzle for your afternoon tea.

↩︎ Futility Closet
As the response to the latest Childish Gambino album shows: the internet killed the criticism star.
The open floor plan may represent "the most distinctly American home design possible"—i.e., a prison without walls.
The NFL announces a new policy: from now on, teams will be fined if athletes kneel during the national anthem.
A harrowing dispatch from Nigeria, where the supply of Tramadol is causing an opioid epidemic like and unlike ours.
Wikipedia is an massively-multiplayer online role-playing game. Wait, what?
The latest gig economy job? "Bird hunters," people who hunt to recharge the scooters currently littering big cities.

Trump is: ignorant of government, of history, of science, of philosophy, of art, incapable of expressing or recognizing subtlety or nuance, destitute of all decency, and wielding a vocabulary of 77 words that is better called Jerkish than English.

A good reminder that Philip Roth didn’t just write novels.

↩︎ The New Yorker
Trump tells CBS's Lesley Stahl he attacks the press relentlessly so no one believes them when he's up for critique.

It’s safe to say that lickspittle Republicans such as Nunes care more about protecting Trump than they do the American people.

A quick summary of the political norms President Trump has violated in the past week.

↩︎ The Washington Post
The House passes a version of “right-to-try” legislation—either a win for sick patients, or an attack on safeguards.
Japanese train stations are world-class manipulators: stocked full of ingenious nudges you barely notice.
Philip Roth—much lauded, always controversial, frequently hobbled, and not so great with women—dies at 85.