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Data analysis finds connections between crime and unemployment rates, or housing instability, but not undocumented immigrants.
"People walkers" are trying to solve a loneliness epidemic in LA, where nearly a third of households consist of one person.
The finest texture in food? "Crispy-gone-soggy," from chilaquiles to Buffalo wings to cereal with milk.

Hägglund’s argument goes something like this: If what makes our lives meaningful is that time ends, then what defines us is what Marx called “an economy of time.”

James Wood on a new book that says if we truly embraced secularism, we could live in a much improved America.

↩︎ The New Yorker
"Real assistance requires contact." Why public intellectuals should quit handing out advice.
A look at the history of humor finds Christianity full of dark comedy, though the Middle Ages weren't exactly funny times.

Things are shifting rapidly. Women’s achievements are multiplying. We don’t always have to prove that we’re acquiescent or complicit to enjoy the crumbs dispensed by the system of male power.

Elena Ferrante says men have colonized storytelling for several centuries. That era is over.

↩︎ The New York Times
Turkey has entered "the second drone age," rivaling the US and UK as the world’s most prolific user of killer drones.
The US government is not having a constitutional crisis. "Separation of powers requires that you accept confrontation as normal."
Photographs of black togetherness by Tyler Mitchell.
A billionaire investor, giving the graduation speech at Morehouse, pledged to pay off the entire graduating class's student loans.
The latest "connected cars" process up to 25 gigabytes of data an hour. Consumers are broadly worried about hacks.
Obscured views of a city in photos by John MacLean.
A map estimates the amounts and locations of plastic floating in the world's oceans.
Researchers find evidence bedbugs are much older than previously thought, and probably dined on dinosaurs.

The AI-created version of Joe Rogan's voice is unreal. (Literally.)

AI is quite successful in poetry because it’s able to create something that leaves enough ambiguity so the reader can use a lot of their creativity to bring the poems to life. But when you turn to [longform] literature, AI has been quite unsuccessful.

An interview with Marcus du Sautoy, whose new book encourages artists to view AI as a collaborator, rather than a threat.

↩︎ Vox
As Jeff Koons breaks the price record for a living artist's work, billionaires push millionaires out of the art market.
In border wall planning, Trump prefers sharp, injury-prone spikes rather than field-tested anti-climbing surfaces.