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The point of music, and of Young, is to make people feel less lonely. I had taken him to a dark place that he didn’t want to go. “I really wish this interview hadn’t happened,” he later said.

On Neil Young and his ambition to bring fidelity to digitally distributed music.

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Exemptions to Trump’s China tariffs read like a laundry list of Republican favorites.

Such exemptions include salmon and cod (to protect Alaska's fishing industry), fracking chemicals (to protect America’s "energy dominance"), and Bibles:

Those volumes are already more expensive than the average beach read. Biblica, a nonprofit that gives Bibles away around the world, testified that a tariff on religious books would “dramatically affect” the number of Bibles it was able to donate, “impacting the religious freedom of individuals in countries where Bible access is limited and often nonexistent.”

Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the 15.2 million member Southern Baptist Convention, wrote that a tariff on Bibles would require “higher prices incompatible with the high and consistent demand for Bibles in the United States” and affect “all Christians’ ability to exercise their religious freedom in the United States.”


Here is something I hadn’t known when I was writing off kids as boring, needy time thieves: Children are naturally queer. They inhabit a world of formless possibility outside of cultural norms like “male” or “female” and “straight” or “gay.”

Michelle Tea on how her queerness and her parenthood support each other.

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And for the view from America, here's "How to Not Kill a Cyclist."

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