A top Nike executive loses her job after her son, a top "sneaker flipper" known as "West Coast Joe," is profiled in the press.
Restaurant critic Tejal Rao employs burnt oranges and "mindful smelling" to try to regain her sense of smell, post-Covid.
Jazz musicians use software called JackTrip to play together during the pandemic. “Whoo, I feel like we’re in business now!”

“I have a quality—a vice, perhaps. It’s called perseverance, which isn’t the same thing as patience. Patience I don’t possess, but perseverance? You’re talking to someone who recorded 555 Scarlatti sonatas.”

Remembering Scott Ross, the “bad boy” harpsichordist and the best of his era.

↩︎ The New York Times

Do the Thomas Piketty.

What if we passed a one-time wealth tax to fund pandemic relief? Yale Law School's Daniel Markovits makes the case.

The nation’s three largest cities spent $2.5 billion over the past 10 years settling lawsuits over police misconduct.

Why are we convinced, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, that sabotage is an unacceptable and ineffective tactic? 

Sabotage isn’t just blowing things up. E.g., it can undermine the notions of private property that constrain the climate movement.

↩︎ Verso Books
A massive new study says advertising doesn't work, or at least is too expensive to get anything out of it.
A visual search engine finds pictures with the "same energy."
Your weekly soothe: Artist Tadao Cern suspends a field of grass from the ceiling.
Starting at 13, women now can be screened for anxiety as part of a routine checkup—a "breakthrough" for mental health care.

The team found that conversations almost never end when both parties want them to—and that people are a very poor judge of when their partner wishes to call it quits.

A study finds that only two percent of conversations end at the time both parties desire.

↩︎ Scientific American
Remote, Ore., has become a job capital in the US—a placeholder on job boards when a listing is a remote-work position.

In case you also discovered classical music on Saturday mornings.

From "Barber of Seville" to "The Blue Danube," to a ton of Strauss, an extensive detailing of pieces featured in cartoons.

Right-wing platform Gab gets hacked—"another gold mine of research for people looking at militias, neo-Nazis, the far right."
Remembering the Harvard Computers: the 80 women who developed a classification system that identified nearly 400,000 stars.
The biggest archeological discoveries of 2020 include "a sprawling geoglyph in Peru, a trove of mummies, the tomb of Romulus."
“It's a scapegoat. It’s an excuse.” Tuskegee is by no means a top reason why some Black people are reluctant to get vaccinated.
A group has $250,000 for anyone offering indisputable proof of supernatural abilities. No one yet has been able to claim it.