The Rooster is CROWNED!

The 2021 Tournament of Books, presented by Field Notes, has concluded. Catch up on all the action!

Coral-inspired ceramic sculptures by Marguerita Hagan.
Headline of the week? "A woman called Animal Control on a croissant."
Tyler Cowen: Stop tying green jobs to green energy. We desperately need the latter; the former's just getting in the way.

“Wealthy people have long convinced themselves that without them, all the wonderful things in civilization and society wouldn’t exist.”

New Yorkers bemoan the return of the rich, the privileged, basically anybody who had the means to flee the coronavirus.

↩︎ The New York Times
Adults in France can no longer claim consent if they've had sex with—i.e., raped—a minor younger than 15 years old.

Archaeologists hail the recent unearthing of what's believed to be the largest ancient city discovered in Egypt.

Who are the conservative filmmakers in Hollywood? In light of the GOP's intellectual death spiral, how about Aaron Sorkin?
China's economy grew 18.3% in the first quarter. “We do not expect China’s policymakers to rush into any meaningful tightening."

We have defaulted to being very polite, caring, and tender toward each other. It’s absolutely exhausting, and it needs to stop. I didn’t move to New York City in 1995 to be tender.

Paul Ford lists the reasons why he can’t wait to get back to the office.

↩︎ Postlight
A brief interview with the man who yells “Mortal Kombat” in the game's commercial. "Had no idea, bro."
"Weed baths, Fiona Apple, getting lost in objectively shittily playing guitar solos." People list their pandemic MVPs.
A reconstruction of the Capitol attack finds the mob to be at least 9,400 people, outnumbering officers by more than 58 to one.
Recent paintings by Jake Grewal find "a dream-like reality that references the male nude through a queer gaze."
Noting the notable CEOs who didn't commit to opposing limits on voting rights. “We are not in the business of partisan politics."

For Native Americans, there can be no better remedy for the theft of land than land. And for us, no lands are as spiritually significant as the national parks.

David Treuer: The parks are the closest thing America has to sacred lands. Its original peoples might take care of them better.

↩︎ The Atlantic

When it comes to racial data, the big brains in academia and scientific research will break their graphic calculators trying to explain away the outcomes of systemic inequality. They never can.

Michael Harriot: Either America is racist or America is racist.

↩︎ The Root
Women being more likely to get vaccinated than men is consistent with gender differences in healthcare utilization.
Defying pandemic expectations, the number of US suicides fell nearly 6% last year. Recent declines may suggest a lasting trend.
A Domino's branch in Houston is delivering pizzas this week with autonomous cars. The same vehicles already deliver groceries.