"It was amazing how much energy I’d spent trying to keep chardonnay in my life." How to live decadently without alcohol.
Recent work by Los Angeles painter Lanise Howard.
An African grey parrot goes against 21 Harvard students in a test of visual memory. The parrot wins.

Whatever is being sold, be it a jade vagina egg or a ticket to an anti-racist workshop, there’s a great deal of money to be made off the guilt, anxiety, and insecurities of financially secure white women.

What’s often true of “wellness” is often true of “wokeness”—a capitalist game playing to consumers’ narcissism.

↩︎ Tablet
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I’ve never felt fully comfortable going to Indian restaurants with non-South Asians. I know that, in some way, I will be responsible for translating the menu, affirming people’s choices, advising on spice levels, teaching them how to eat with their hands, and commenting on whether the food is authentic—a temporary tour guide.

For an Indian woman working to love her culture in a world that has stolen it away from her, “food gets very personal.”

↩︎ Eater
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The "ghost kitchen" concept, seen as a threat to restaurants pre-pandemic, now appears to be their future.
A "perfect art heist," where the art is never even stolen, told in illustrations.
Sonora, the Mexican state that borders Arizona, sets up additional checkpoints to catch Americans traveling with COVID-19.
Canada's Trudeau turns down a White House invitation to visit. Were he to travel to the US, he'd need to quarantine upon return.
In Los Angeles, an orgasm trainer, "The O-Man," reportedly helps women reach pleasure dozens of times using postural assessment.
"Gleaning" means gathering anything left over after a harvest. During the pandemic, gleaners are trying to fight rampant hunger.

Solitary has been classified as torture by the United Nations, serves no rehabilitative purpose, and causes mental health to deteriorate in as few as ten days. 

Texas currently keeps over 4,000 people in solitary confinement, more than the rest of the country’s prisons combined.

↩︎ Dissent
22h
Sports are the new arena for discriminating against trans people. How the recent Supreme Court ruling will play a role is pending.
A comic about losing your cat, by Jillian Tamaki.
A widget shows how much America's 300 biggest cities spend on their police. E.g., New York City: 8%; Los Angeles: 52%.
Winters are warming faster than summers now—part of the reason the Arctic is losing sea ice at its fastest rate in 1,500 years.
Helen DeWitt: Data visualization, or "dataviz," is a functional art and sometimes a life-or-death matter.

Over the past few weeks I’ve heard excellent suggestions for reform in our systems of justice, policing, healthcare, education and economic security, all of which give preference to white people. We have no shortage of good ideas.

How to sustain momentum for anti-racism? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants to see a public method for measuring social justice reform.

↩︎ The Los Angeles Times
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With Grand Slams approaching and top players out partying (while friends test positive), can men be trusted to play tennis safely?