Chenyue Yuan draws the stories of Chinese laborers who live and work in factories producing mass goods.
“I love fables! I don’t take that as a critique.” What Anthony Doerr's been writing since All the Light We Cannot See.
McMansion Hell comes for the 1980s on Staten Island.

Populism is not uniquely responsible for polarization, but it is crucial to understand that its key strategy is polarization. Right-wing populism seeks to divide polities into homogeneous groups and then insinuates that some groups do not truly belong or are fundamentally illegitimate.

Jan-Werner Müller: Culture wars are a device used by the elite to stay elite.

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The debate over who deserves credit for pioneering mRNA technology is heating up. Hundreds have worked on it for decades.
From May, neuroscientist Tamar Makin explains how her lab trained people to use a third thumb.
Murals depicting western mythology photographed in their non-mythological surroundings, by Lucas Deshazer.
"It’s a vision of a masculinity I’ve never experienced before." On the gentle assurance of DIY YouTube dads.
Tiny, fanciful signage installations in cities, by Michael Pederson.
A right-wing group wants Texas teachers to say whether they're being asked to respect students' gender identity or teach CRT.
An incredibly detailed tool for calculating Covid risk for various activities based on location, vaccination status, and more.
Kudzanai Chiurai's "The Library of Things We Forgot to Remember" asks visitors to curate southern African art and history.
How music rights and interpolation work, and why it matters that Olivia Rodrigo shared a songwriting credit with Paramore.

And here, perhaps, is why Norm Macdonald died less famous than he should have been. He cared about jokes too much, when the business of comedy is not actually about jokes so much as audience shares and sponsors and streams and tickets.

Norm Macdonald was a brilliant comedian, which is precisely why he was not massively famous.

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New Yorker archivist Erin Overbey unearths 30 years of the magazine's severe lack of byline diversity.
The game developers that are making new titles for vintage consoles.
"We lived off social security and hotdogs." Cup of Jo's comments are what it looks like when real humans connect with each other.
Miniature model-maker Studson Studio creates models inspired by Studio Ghibli, using recycled garbage.
Another virus to be aware of: the deadly Nipah virus returns to the southern Indian state of Kerala.