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Saturday Headlines: These microplastics are making me thirsty.

Trump calls off tariffs on Mexican goods following news that the US and Mexico have negotiated an agreement on immigration enforcement, details of which have yet to be announced.

Photos from yesterday's second line for Dr. John in New Orleans.

Any criticism can be dismissed as an attempt to repress vital, challenging new knowledge. Naomi Wolf, taken down.

Why are nonfiction books suddenly loaded with long subtitles? To improve search results on Amazon and online.

If you're traveling for work and at a loss for how to spend your free time, consider becoming a library archive tourist.

I went viral; I became spam. I started getting invitations—to conferences, meetings, think tanks. I started getting mail. Now I am “that guy,” the conscience of Africa: I will admonish you and give you absolution. RIP, Binyavanga Wainaina. Here he explains the backstory to his most infamous piece, “How to Write About Africa.”

An excellent interactive rendering of Israel's campaign to fragment Palestinian space.

The abstract idea of “the wife” still looms large in our cultural imagination—and sanctimony, loyalty, and resentment orbit her like moons. In a literary internet awash with essays about “the online wife” and “wife guys,” Jia Tolentino does it best.

See also: The online wife is mostly a figment of male-on-male aggression.

New this week: Two books from TMN contributors, including Jessica Francis Kane's Rules for Visiting and Clay Risen's The Crowded Hour.

AI companies want Hollywood to begin making casting decisions based on algorithms.

Communists in Russia call for the video game Sex With Stalin to be banned.

A short animated documentary for your weekend: 1989′s pretty terrific War Story, created by Aardman Animations, about one man’s adventures during the blitz.

What an airless tire, that can't go flat, looks like.

Drinking bottled water drastically increases your digestion of microplastics.

A Simone Biles training video suggests that gymnasts don't actually use their best moves at the Olympics.

Overtourism is suddenly everywhere, but the problem is mostly one of specific beaches and blocks, not regions.

In 40 years of medical practice, I have found only two types of non-pharmaceutical “therapy” to be vitally important for patients with chronic neurological diseases: music and gardens. The late, great Oliver Sacks on the healing powers of gardens.

Same Hill, Different Day, a wonderful photo series by Paul Octavious.