I walked down the aisle and browsed through the books I imagined Bowie might’ve touched. Of course, I looked over every time one of the doors opened, but that day Bowie never stepped inside McNally Jackson.

On David Bowie and books, and trying to arrange a chance encounter with your hero at his favorite bookstore.

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In another first, China has successfully grown a plant in a tiny biosphere on the moon's surface.
Researchers warn against antibiotic use in space, as gravity conditions can accelerate antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

Potential degradation of intellectual and emotional capacities, such as critical thinking, personal authority, and emotional well-being, are harder to detect. We don’t fully understand the cause and effect of digital toxins.

Like the Industrial Revolution, the internet must now deal with pollution—in this case, unmitigated hoaxes and fake news.

↩︎ Washington Monthly
How Europeans can register their disapproval of the ridiculous EU Copyright Directive, which threatens how links work on the web.
A solar-powered sound installation in Africa's Namib Desert is playing Toto's "Africa" on infinite repeat.
Probably best to quit your job instead: Experts and coworkers itemize what's OK to eat and drink at your desk.
No US president has been removed from office by impeachment. If Trump is the first, here's a guide to what would need to happen.
Trump's version of a border crisis ignores the real reasons there actually is a crisis: more family crossings and asylum claims.

Forgive me for saying this, but from where I sit, you’re not quite the maverick you once seemed; I see your clones all the time and they are mostly male and devoid of much pigment.

Talking back to Edward Abbey.

↩︎ Orion Magazine
It's not "his wealth." MacKenzie Bezos started Amazon, and she won't "become" wealthy due to her divorce.
How to listen like a hostage negotiator: Set aside logic, acknowledge emotions, and repeat back what you hear.
When a US destroyer collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan in 2017, officers were too tired to react in time.

I can’t think of anything that would exonerate Trump aside from the difficulty of grasping what once would have seemed unimaginable: that a president of the United States could actually have been compromised by a hostile foreign power.

In case you can’t get enough, here are 18 reasons Trump could be a Russian asset.

↩︎ The Washington Post
More US coal-fired power plants were shut in Trump’s first two years than were retired in Obama's first term.

A lovely short film by Kamau Bilal that's done the festival circuit, about his little brother moving back home at age 23 to live with their parents.

Your weekly white paper: "Racial resentment is reliably the largest and most precise predictor of attitudes toward immigration."
Museums compete on Twitter to show each other their best ducks.
Everything read or seen in 2018 by Steven Soderbergh.