A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Read — 2017/11/19

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Slavery ensnares thousands in U.K. Here’s one teenage girl’s story“, by Ceylan Yeginsu (NY Times). Read this. Then open your eyes to the people around you.
  2. When unpaid student loan bills mean you can no longer work“, by Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Stacy Cowley, & Natalie Kitroeff (NY Times). Debtor’s prisons didn’t make sense centuries ago. They still don’t make sense now.
  3. In China, an education in dating“, by Sui-Lee Wee (NY Times). Where to start?

    In the first hour, Zhang Mindong proclaimed them sartorial disasters. Most of the first day was devoted to improving dress. (“Narrow collars, sleeves should be folded up above the elbow and trousers should be fitted.”) They bought clothes and got haircuts.

  4. Mike and Nathaniel’s week in tech: Everybody loves bitcoin“, by Mike Isaac & Nathaniel Popper (NY Times).
  5. What you need to know about the new ID law and travel“, by Shivani Vora (NY Times).

Read — 2017/11/14

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Two dozen African girls dead at sea“, by Tariro Mzezewa (NY Times). But what can those of us outside trafficking routes do? Refuse to support politicians whose policies and rhetoric make the situation worse, for one.
  2. Your Ph.D. thesis sounds funky! Let’s dance to it“, by Melissa Korn (Wall Street Journal).
  3. Drones peer inside a volcano“, by Shannon Hall (Scientific American).
  4. Could crowdfunding save pro sports teams?“, by Sam Rosenthal (OZY). The vignette of Queen Bey leading the Houton Rockets is an effective rhetorical technique.
  5. A hedge fund that has a university“, by Thomas Gilbert & Christopher Hrdlicka (Wall Street Journal).

Read — 2017/11/08

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. What explains U.S. mass shootings? International comparisons suggest an answer“, by Max Fisher & Josh Keller (NY Times). More guns equals more gun violence. The final quote from this article, a reference to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, is chilling:

    Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over.

  2. China’s technology ambitions could upset the global trade order“, by Jane Perlez, Paul Mozur, & Jonathan Ansfield (NY Times).
  3. Mourning Roy Halladay, a master who craved the big moments“, by Tyler Kepner (NY Times). The following quote offers a window into this competitor’s psyche:

    [J]ust having the opportunity meant every bit as much as winning it or not winning it. The rest, as they say, it’s in the cards. But as far as what you can control, just having those opportunities was all I ever wanted.

    I would change “having” to “creating” or “earning”, and dispense with the “just”s, but yeah, can you give a better approach to challenge?!

Read — 2017/10/28

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. How I learned to stop being a ‘chill girl’ and start being me“, by Martine Thompson (Vogue). And true, women are not the only ones wrestling such pressures. My favorite advice from the article:

    Rustle feathers. Do more things that make you nervous. Do that thing people in your life won’t get but ultimately makes you feel fulfilled.

Read — 2017/10/25

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The college chasm“, by Charles T. Clotfelter (Harvard Magazine). One researcher’s take on widening inequality in American higher education.
  2. Elon Musk was wrong about self-driving Teslas“, by Tom Randall (Bloomberg).

Read — 2017/10/23

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Why Asian women aren’t going to work“, by Adam Ramsey (OZY).
  2. Pablo Neruda officially died of cancer, but a panel of forensic scientists disagrees“, by Thu-Hoang Ha (Quartz).
  3. Learned fools: on names for students” (Merriam-Webster).

Read — 2017/10/21

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Giving away billions as fast as they can“, by David Gelles (NY Times). The new faces — and dynamics — of big-money philanthropy.
  2. The internet and political polarization“, by Barbara R. Jasny (Science). Does the internet actually lead to less political polarization?
  3. Five former presidents hurricane relief concert: when is it, how to watch it live“, by Jill Vejnoska (AJC).
  4. For the third year in a row, no one is moving to Connecticut“, by Matt Foley (OZY). In net, that is. A few lucky out-of-state freshmen at U Conn, and their less-lucky colleagues at Yale, moved to Connecticut this fall, at least de facto.

Read — 2017/10/18

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. When your child crashes the parent-teacher conference“, by Sue Shellenbarger (Wall Street Journal).
  2. Welcome to high school. Now go to college.“, by Melissa Korn (Wall Street Journal). A look at dual-enrollment programs.
  3. This capital city is desperate for a face-lift“, by Matt Foley (OZY). A look at Hartford, Connecticut.
  4. Europe’s glass ceiling“, by Ginger Hervey (Politico). Why aren’t more women involved in European politics?
  5. The women’s hockey star fighting to grow the game“, by Matt Foley (OZY). Pro teams have a roster salary cap roughly half that of the minimum contract for a single NFL player?! This fight is worthy of a five-minute major (read).

How to contact political representatives

Suggestions on how to (effectively!) contact political representatives:

  1. What calling Congress achieves“, by Kathryn Schulz (The New Yorker).
  2. How to write your Congressman“, by A Manly Guest Contributor (Art of Manliness). Based on the other articles here, I would advise against a hand-written letter, as other sources suggest they are quarantined.
  3. Here’s how to make sure Congress hears you“, by Jenna Amatulli (Huffington Post). Presents a series of tweets by former district-office staffer Emily Ellsworth.
  4. The best ways to contact your Congresspeople, from a former staffer“, by Eric Ravenscraft (Life Hacker). Draws from the same series of tweets by Emily Ellsworth.

Read — 2017/09/23

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Prospect of atmospheric nuclear test by North Korea raises specter of danger“, by David E. Sanger & William J. Broad (NY Times).
  2. Betsy DeVos reverses Obama-era policy on campus sexual assault investigations“, by Stephanie Saul & Kate Taylor (NY Times). “Preponderance of evidence” becomes “clear and convincing evidence”, and arbitration becomes allowed.
  3. Angela Merkel’s great escape“, by James Traub (Foreign Policy).
  4. The blockbuster showdown at tomorrow’s Berlin Marathon“, by Ed Cesar (Wired). Good luck to all the runners at Berlin!
  5. Are physical limits all in our heads?“, by Alex Hutchinson (NY Times). An article using tomorrow’s Berlin Marathon as an excuse (or launching pad) to talk about psychology in athletes.
  6. Uber loses license to operate in London“, by Prashant S. Rao & Mike Isaac (NY Times).
  7. Back and forth on DACA leaves young immigrants ‘just dangling’ “, by Liz Robbins (NY Times).
  8. Failing charter schools have a reincarnation plan“, by Annie Waldman (Slate).
  9. The future of detecing brain damage in football“, by Patrick Hruby (The Atlantic).