We can travel to see what exists instead of wishing for some mythical untouched state, the dream of a place prepared perfectly for visitors and yet empty of them.

In the face of overtourism, an argument for the inauthentic.

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Hundreds of hours of archived home movies from East Germany's everyday lives—drinking, dancing, visiting the amusement park.
TMN and Rooster merchandise—perfect for a holiday treat. Remember, Sustaining Members get 50% off!
Entrancing stuff: "GIFANAISQATSI" randomly pairs slow-mo images from Giphy with the original Philip Glass soundtrack.

One year ago, CNN didn’t have Buttigieg or Yang in its sights.

Bitcoin viewed from 11 years later: it may not be a currency, but it is a great casino game.
An emerging crisis among young PhD researchers: much higher anxiety levels than the general population.
German artist Evelyn Bracklow hand-paints old porcelain crockery with ants.
In case you missed it: how to eat for free in New York City with an automated Instagram account.

Using machine learning, researchers can now predict how likely an individual is to be involved in a car accident by looking at the image of their home address on Google Street View.

From Tom Whitwell’s “52 things I learned in 2019.”

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This year's Turner Prize goes to all of the artists on the shortlist after they formed a collective so none of them would lose.
A study of giving cash to the extreme poor finds that every dollar increases total economic activity in the local area by $2.60.
"Tweenage Landscapes," by photographer Beth Garrabrant.
One byproduct of our addiction to the internet? "Valuing information based solely on volume."
Pages from Emily Dickinson's personal "herbarium," or collection of dried plants.
The best news photographs from the last year of the decade.
Alex Ross catalogs the genius of German record label ECM—which counts Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, and Arvo Pärt among its artists.
When music magazines were great, they helped you appreciate a song or artist. But too often they were hacky and bland.

“So now I have to deal with the aftermath of having the most wrong thing I’ve ever done in my life become public. And that’s when I become the source of the president’s personal mockery and insults.”

Lisa Page says being insulted by the president isn’t something you get used to. Like when he uses your name to simulate an orgasm.

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