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Rob Henderson's Newsletter • 2651 implied HN points • 21 Feb 24
  1. Professors at Yale often work well into their eighties and nineties, a notable difference from other environments.
  2. Students at Ivy League schools can exhibit hypocrisy, criticizing certain occupations while secretly pursuing opportunities in them.
  3. Many elite university students fear being seen as who they truly are, choosing to uphold a virtuous image instead.
Common Sense with Bari Weiss • 904 implied HN points • 24 Feb 24
  1. Eli Lake reviews Kanye West's album, acknowledging Kanye's controversial behavior but praising his musical talent.
  2. Kat Rosenfield discusses the idea of using books as props for image and the divide between actual readers and those who pose with books.
  3. Evan Gardner explores Beyoncé's foray into country music, highlighting her diverse musical influences and questioning the genre boundaries in music.
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Common Sense with Bari Weiss • 811 implied HN points • 23 Feb 24
  1. Books serve a dual role: for story and as performance props, influencing how we are perceived.
  2. Reading has shifted from a private activity to a public performance, especially influenced by social media and digital culture.
  3. There is a growing divide between readers who quietly enjoy books and public readers who read for an audience, shaping modern book culture.
Popular Information • 12854 implied HN points • 01 Feb 24
  1. Florida school district adds clothing to illustrations in classic children's books due to challenges from Moms for Liberty
  2. Challenges included concerns about nudity and obscenity in books like 'In The Night Kitchen'
  3. Alterations to books in libraries raise questions about censorship and the rights of readers
The Abbey of Misrule • 158 implied HN points • 26 Feb 24
  1. The author reflects on the changing beliefs and values in society, questioning if it's them, the culture or both that have changed.
  2. Through writing, the author processes conflicting emotions and ideas, especially as the culture shifts rapidly around them.
  3. The author invites readers to think about what they have changed their minds about in recent years, whether personal, political, cultural, or spiritual.
read • 16116 implied HN points • 20 Jan 24
  1. Frequent-flier point programs were initially designed for occasional free flights, but evolved into turbo-charged schemes for travelers to earn points quickly.
  2. Weighing ingredients in cooking can make a big difference in recipes, especially in baked goods, where even small variations can impact the final texture and taste.
  3. During winter, composting slows down as decomposition rates decrease, signalling a time for compost piles to rest and wait for the warmer season for active decomposition.
Men Yell at Me • 241 implied HN points • 25 Feb 24
  1. The book 'This American Ex-Wife' has sparked conversations about love, marriage, and relationships in American society.
  2. The author has received mixed feedback - from angry men questioning her views to women thanking her for the impact of her book on their lives.
  3. The author's book was reviewed by various publications and sparked discussions on important topics like divorce, marriage, and feminism.
Wrong Side of History • 360 implied HN points • 24 Feb 24
  1. Visiting Auschwitz can be a haunting and unforgettable experience, leaving a profound impact on individuals.
  2. The portrayal of evil and the Holocaust in history can be overwhelming and psychologically challenging.
  3. The movie _The Zone of Interest_ offers a different perspective on the Holocaust, focusing on the mundane lives of individuals involved in immense atrocities.
Men Yell at Me • 401 implied HN points • 23 Feb 24
  1. The 'Dingus of the Week' is Nic Pizzolatto for his reactions to the TV show True Detective's latest season, which featured indigenous women and received criticism from him.
  2. Some recent positive highlights include a strippers' bill of rights, a stingray in North Carolina who reproduced without a mate, and Beyonce becoming the first Black woman to top the country charts.
  3. Celebrating personal victories, like having a book published, can be surprisingly down-to-earth, even involving mundane tasks and moments with loved ones.
The Novelleist • 1390 implied HN points • 13 Feb 24
  1. Reimagining the design of our technological future with more feminine perspectives can lead to more visually appealing, sustainable, and community-oriented innovations.
  2. Women-led tech companies often prioritize healthcare, environmental conservation, and community well-being over traditional futuristic themes like cars and spaceships.
  3. By encouraging more women sci-fi writers to envision the future and women technologists to build it, we can create a more diverse, inclusive, and beautiful vision for our technological advancements.
CAFÉ ANNE • 2810 implied HN points • 05 Feb 24
  1. The opposite of paranoia is pronoia, where people believe the world conspires to do them good.
  2. Destroying currency is a federal crime, but it may be protected as free speech under certain conditions.
  3. Libraries face challenges in acquiring and sharing digital copies of ebooks, impacting availability for users.
The Ruffian • 178 implied HN points • 24 Feb 24
  1. The play Macbeth explores themes of toxic masculinity, manhood, and violence, showcasing the complexities of showcasing strength and expressing emotions.
  2. Macbeth delves into the concept of legitimate violence versus illegitimate violence, examining the distinctions and societal perspectives on celebrating different forms of killings.
  3. Shakespeare uses Macbeth to analyze the transition from feudalism to a centralized state, questioning the monopoly of legitimate violence held by modern states.
Why is this interesting? • 1447 implied HN points • 12 Feb 24
  1. Ruddy Aboab, head of Fip Radio, shares his media diet, starting and ending his day with music and incorporating various sources like Fip radio, France info, and magazines.
  2. Ruddy's reading includes books like 'L’été des Charognes' and 'Nino dans la nuit' by Simon Johannin, showing his interest in raw, emotive writing.
  3. Ruddy's deep dive into freediving after watching a documentary led him to immerse himself in the world of apnea, competitions, and sea-related content online.
Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality • 146 implied HN points • 24 Feb 24
  1. The classification and cultural appropriation of historical figures can be misleading and can lead to misconceptions about their identities.
  2. We must be cautious about labeling ancient civilizations as 'white guys' because it overlooks their true identities, leading to missed opportunities for learning and growth.
  3. It's important to recognize the alien nature of classical Greeks and Romans and not project modern ideologies onto them, acknowledging the differences to gain a deeper understanding.
Not On Your Team, But Always Fair • 1985 implied HN points • 08 Feb 24
  1. Old school word-use controversies set the stage for new forms of speech policing.
  2. Feminism's interest in speech-policing has become prominent in online conflicts.
  3. Controlling speech to determine how one is portrayed is seen as totalitarian and oppressive.
The Audacity. • 1886 implied HN points • 05 Feb 24
  1. The Audacious Bookclub is reading 'Martyr!' by Kaveh Akbar and will have a conversation with the author on February 27th.
  2. Roxane Gay's newsletter features personal professional news, including upcoming events and a new 'Work Friend' column.
  3. The newsletter includes a roundup of reading material ranging from obituaries to Grammy highlights, new shows, and recent journalism news.
Lean Out with Tara Henley • 1906 implied HN points • 04 Feb 24
  1. Stephen Marche's essay examines the politicization of Canadian cultural institutions dominated by radical leftist activists.
  2. The rise of extremist activism in Canada is leading to a decline in progressive activism's influence and support.
  3. Younger generations are turning away from progressivism towards more radical or right-wing ideologies, causing a shift in political landscapes.
Daily Dreher • 2338 implied HN points • 31 Jan 24
  1. The 'holy war' between Donald Trump and Taylor Swift may not be as senseless as it appears.
  2. The collective power of fanatical fandoms, like Swifties, in the age of the internet, is a force to reckon with.
  3. Enchantment by political figures or pop stars can give a feeling of completeness, blurring the lines between rationality and transcendence.
The Bluestocking • 1120 implied HN points • 09 Feb 24
  1. The cost of theater tickets in different countries can impact the accessibility of culture and art, affecting the sustainability of artistic communities.
  2. AI is being used to generate fiction at a rapid pace, showcasing the pressure some authors feel to produce content quickly.
  3. Concerns about age and capabilities arise in politics, like with President Biden's age being a cause for debate.
Lean Out with Tara Henley • 2044 implied HN points • 28 Jan 24
  1. Canada is facing significant and alarming issues, such as illegal government actions and controversial policies.
  2. Recent events in Canada include controversies around medically assisted deaths, the opioid crisis, and pandemic policy.
  3. The country is also experiencing upheavals in its literary and cultural institutions, with debates and conflicts affecting these domains.
Common Sense with Bari Weiss • 3083 implied HN points • 20 Jan 24
  1. In the show _A Murder at the End of the World_, the protagonist Darby Hart stands out as an unexpected detective due to her age and gender.
  2. The series aims to deliver feminist messages and social commentary, but some viewers find it heavy-handed and lacking originality.
  3. The portrayal of Darby as a young, attractive amateur detective solving a mystery challenges traditional crime genre conventions, but some viewers question the believability and depth of her character.
Kvetch • 50 implied HN points • 25 Feb 24
  1. The rise and fall of the Comanches as a people with their own unique culture and history, and how they clashed with other civilizations over vast lands in violent tribulations.
  2. The portrayal of the Comanche people in the historical epic _Comancheria_ will be morally complex, with a mix of heroes, villains, and grey areas, similar to other historical dramas like _Vikings_.
  3. The outlined episodes for the show _Comancheria_ will cover the rise of Comancheria, conflicts with other groups, interactions with historical figures like Robert Neighbors, Buffalo Soldiers, and events like the Chivington Massacre, providing a detailed and encompassing view of the Comanche history.
Sparks from Culture by David Roberts • 1179 implied HN points • 03 Feb 24
  1. Modern American capitalism has constrained many lives, leading to angst and a pursuit of more slow-paced lives.
  2. E.M. Forster's 'Howards End' explores the conflict between inner and outer ways of life, highlighting the impact of capitalism on personal relations and daily duties.
  3. There is resistance to hyper-capitalism in modern America, with a growing push for a slower life, nature, and emphasis on inner values.
Sparks from Culture by David Roberts • 1709 implied HN points • 27 Jan 24
  1. Wealth envy is prevalent in society due to comparisons with the lifestyles of the wealthy.
  2. There is a significant increase in economic inequality, with the top 0.1% of households controlling a large portion of American wealth.
  3. Invidious comparisons of wealth can lead to dissatisfaction and rob us of gratitude for what we have.
Eclecticism: Reflections on literature, writing and life • 4 implied HN points • 28 Feb 24
  1. In the past, postal delivery was more intricate, with methods such as spiral writing on letters and unique ways of folding paper; things like envelopes weren't common.
  2. The concept of parallel dimensions can be a fascinating explanation for differing memories or experiences, with the idea that multiple universes could exist.
  3. Humor can be found in creative solutions to everyday issues, like renaming transport lines or unique strategies for ensuring mail delivery.