As I hid in a john to jot down a few notes, I noticed that the restroom attendants cleaned the stalls after each patron’s use. (Later, I overheard a man talking to his wife on a courtesy phone: “Guess what: every time you go, there’s a guy who runs in and cleans the toilet.”)

Nick Paumgarten goes behind the veil of the cultish, creepy Augusta National golf tournament. He likely will not be invited back.

↩︎ The New Yorker
For black American liberals, the endurance of Sudan's uprising offers lessons in "organic and durable organizing."

Somalia is a mess to some, but on my morning walk, I see hope. Somali people are lost to some, but I see people who make the best of life. Somali children grow up so fast, but I see they are never too old to build sandcastles.

Hodan Nalayeh, recently murdered by terrorists in Somalia, was a model for a new kind of trailblazing international journalist.

↩︎ BuzzFeed News
"Disaster displacement is nothing new, of course." Ten humanitarian crises and trends to watch in 2019.

Queerness-beyond-discourse rests for a large part on the Senegalese value of sutura. Sutura does not have a direct, singular translation from Wolof into English, but it connotes discretion, modesty, privacy and protection.

Being “quietly queer” in Senegal means making use of ambiguity instead of aggressive resistance.

↩︎ Africa Is a Country
Comparing traffic tickets in Kenya and the US says a lot about two different approaches to statebuilding.

Attention Californians, Texans, and everyone else who cares about the good things in life: fake guacamole, using Mexican squash instead of avocado, has hit the streets.

An excellent, lucid report finds California and Texas offering two different models for the future of the United States.
To elect Boris Johnson prime minister, only 160,000 members of the Conservative Party vote—less than 1% of the population.
If your town sees bread stapled to trees, blame Reddit and BSTT (“BreadStapledToTrees”).

Seven current and former U.S. senators who demanded Franken’s resignation in 2017 told me that they’d been wrong to do so. Such admissions are unusual in an institution whose members rarely concede mistakes.

Jane Mayer goes big on an Al Franken profile “as a cautionary tale for the #MeToo movement.”

↩︎ The New Yorker
Most of the Ice Bucket Challenge money went to ALS research—many charities, though, can't track such large, unexpected windfalls.

The blood vessels that deliver food and oxygen—and chemotherapy drugs—to a tumor tend to be highly abnormal. Instead of the usual large, straight, simply branched vessels, [they're] often unevenly distributed, misshapen and tangled.

How our bodies coddle cancer.

↩︎ Knowable Magazine
Last week, under cover of protecting citizens, Kazakhstan began intercepting all HTTPS internet traffic within its borders.
Drawing connections in Italy between a boom in trashy TV, a decline in cognitive skills, and the rise of populism.
On a fictional platform, an argument that social media created its own problems—and large audiences should be earned, not free.
Serene outdoor scenes by the illustrator Moon.
How Allen Ginsberg ended up as Bob Dylan's roadie, and other scenes from Scorsese's return to the 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue.
When people with Type 1 diabetes are forced off their parents' insurance, high insulin prices could equal a death sentence.