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Jordan Peele’s X-Ray Vision - The New York Times
“Get Out,” his docu-horror-thriller-comedy about race in America, was the movie of the year. What will he show us next?
jordanpeele  wesleymorris  nytimes  nytimesmag  film  cinema  getout  horror  thrillers  race  racism 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
EJ Johnson Is ‘Not Just Some Other Rich Girl’ - The New York Times
Magic Johnson’s son was outed as gay by TMZ, then became a reality show
star. All of 25, he is now embracing his role as a gender-flouting role model.
gender  identity  ejjohnson  nytimes  nytimesmag  lgbtq  sexuality  media 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Rachel Brosnahan’s Comic Timing - The New York Times
Her star turn in ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ — the first major comedic role in her career — comes at a moment when it’s crucial to reclaim women’s place in stand-up history.
nytimes  nytimesmag  rachelbrosnahan  rachelsyme  television  tv  amazon  comedy  acting  actors 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Fighter - The New York Times
The Marine Corps taught Sam Siatta how to shoot. The war in Afghanistan
taught him how to kill. Nobody taught him how to come home.
cjchivers  samsiatta  marines  military  ptsd  criminaljustice  crime  nytimes  nytimesmag 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food - The New York Times
As growth slows in wealthy countries, Western food companies are aggressively expanding in developing nations, contributing to obesity and health problems.
brazil  junkfood  food  nytimes  nytimesmag  health 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Prophet of Germany’s New Right - The New York Times
From a tiny village in the country’s rural east, a leading nationalist intellectual builds a vision for the future of his movement across Europe.
germany  farright  nytimes  nytimesmag  newright  götzkubitschek 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety? - The New York Times
arents, therapists and schools are struggling to figure out whether helping anxious teenagers means protecting them or pushing them to face their fears.
anxiety  health  mentalhealth  teenagers  nytimes  nytimesmag 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
In Northern Minnesota, Two Economies Square Off: Mining vs. Wilderness - The New York Times
Proposed mines near the Boundary Waters have become the latest front in the fight over who gets to profit from America’s natural resources.
nytimes  nytimesmag  conservation  ecology  enivornment  minnesota  water  naturalresources  industry  economy 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Photographer Who Saw America’s Monuments Hiding in Plain Sight - The New York Times
Lee Friedlander’s “The American Monument” was first published in 1976. That’s “monument” singular, though one of the many singular things about Friedlander is that he’s nothing if not a pluralist.
leefriedlander  nytimes  nytimesmag  geoffdyer  photography  history  momuments  confederatemonuments  confederatehistory  racism  whitesupremacy 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Why Are Some New Statistics Embraced and Not Others? - The New York Times
For the casual, uninitiated baseball fan who tunes in every once in a while, this season’s home-run calls must sound as baffling as a Pentecostal sermon to an unbeliever.
jaycaspiankang  baseball  sports  statistics  nytimes  nytimesmag 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
For Chicken-Fried Steak, Too Much Is Just Enough - The New York Times
Years ago, on a hot afternoon in a suburb of Dallas, I sat in a restaurant called Babe’s with the Texas food historian Robb Walsh and ate an enormous quantity of chicken-fried steak
food  samsifton  chickenfriedsteak  texas  southernfood  nytimes  nytimesmag  recipes  cooking 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Elaine Welteroth, Teen Vogue’s Refashionista - The New York Times
The editor in chief has taken on a seemingly impossible task: reinventing the glossy magazine for a hyperempathetic generation.
elainewelteroth  teenvogue  nytimes  nytimesmag  politics  cultural 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools. Its Children Lost. - The New York Times
Free-market boosters, including Betsy DeVos, promised that a radical expansion of charter schools would fix the stark inequalities in the state’s education system. The results in the classrooms are far more complicated.
education  michigan  charterschools  betsydevos  nytimes  nytimesmag  inequality 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
‘The Way to Survive It Was to Make A’s’ - The New York Times
They were the first black boys to integrate the South’s elite prep schools. They drove themselves to excel in an unfamiliar environment. But at what cost?
education  nytimes  nytimesmag  segregation  race  privateschools  integration  racism 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Education by the Numbers - The New York Times
Statistics show just how profound the inequalities in America’s education system have become.
nytimes  nytimesmag  education  inequality  racism 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
RT, Sputnik and Russia’s New Theory of War - The New York Times
How the Kremlin built one of the most powerful information weapons of the 21st century— and why it may be impossible to stop.
nytimes  nytimesmag  kremlin  rt  russia  media 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Can Baseball Turn a 27-Year-Old Into the Perfect Manager? - The New York Times
Take an inside look at the White Sox’s experiment with Justin Jirschele, the youngest coach in professional baseball.
baseball  sports  justinjirschele  nytimes  nytimesmag 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How Fake News Turned a Small Town Upside Down - The New York Times
At the height of the 2016 election, exaggerated reports of a juvenile sex crime brought a media maelstrom toTwin Falls — one the Idaho city still hasn’t recovered from.
politics  russia  twinfalls  idaho  news  fakenews  socialmedia  conservativemedia  nytimes  nytimesmag 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City - The New York Times
How one school became a battleground over which children benefit from a separate and unequal system.
nikolehannahjones  education  newyork  racism  race  poverty  schools  segregation  nytimes  nytimesmag 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California’s Wildfires - The New York Times
By choice, for less than $2 an hour, the female inmate firefighters of California work their bodies to the breaking point. Sometimes they even risk their lives.
nytimes  nytimesmag  crime  prison  criminaljustice  malibuconservationcamp  fires  firefighting  malibu  losangeles  california 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Resegregation of Jefferson County - The New York Times
What one Alabama town’s attempt to secede from its school district tells us about the fragile progress of racial integration in America.
nytimes  nytimesmag  alabama  segregation  education  race  racism  class  nikolehannahjones 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Chirlane McCray and the Limits of First-Ladyship - The New York Times
What two years in Gracie Mansion have meant for a woman who aspired to be the “voice for the forgotten voices.”
chirlanemccray  nytimes  nytimesmag  rachelkaadzighansah  politics  new  york  billdeblasio 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Rei Kawakubo, Interpreter of Dreams - The New York Times
The 74-year-old force behind the avant-garde label Comme des Garçons makes otherworldly clothes that express hidden desires and fears.
fashion  reikawakubo  commedesgarcons  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Letter of Recommendation: ‘Pistol Pete’s Homework Basketball’ - The New York Times
When I was 12, shortly after I joined a youth-basketball team, my father summoned me to the living room. He was holding a set of VHS tapes called “Pistol Pete’s Homework Basketball,” which he thought might help me get ready for the coming season. Naturally, I was dubious. In what sense could basketball be considered homework? And who was Pistol Pete Maravich anyway? With the solemnity that other fathers adopt when passing down heirloom rifles, Dad handed me the tapes and said, “Just watch.”
nytimes  petemaravich  basketball  instructionalvideo  instructionalvideos  vcr  vhs  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Border Is All Around Us, and It’s Growing - The New York Times
For much of the United States’ history, national frontiers were fluid, expanding through territorial conquest and purchases. But at the start of the 20th century, as Arizona and New Mexico approached statehood and the country’s continental borders became stable, so did the desire to secure them and police them — first through congressional acts that prohibited immigration from certain countries and later through the building of fences and walls.
unitedstates  mexico  border  borders  immigration  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Look Inside Airbus’s Epic Assembly Line - The New York Times
A confluence of political and economic forces has prompted Europe’s largest airplane manufacturer to place a factory in Alabama — and to create one
of the world’s most gargantuan supply chains.
nytimes  nytimesmag  manufacturing  airbus  alabama  economy  factory  factories 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Israel’s Invisible Filipino Work Force - The New York Times
To support their families back home, women from the Philippines have found work and a new way of life in Israel. But at what price?
nytimes  nytimesmag  israel  caregivers  filipinos  phillippines  economy  economics 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Superfood Gold Rush - The New York Times
Like quinoa before it, açaí has become a craze among health-conscious Americans — creating a bonanza in the regions where it’s grown.
health  superfoods  acai  nytimes  nytimesmag  food  brazil 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Is China the World’s New Colonial Power? - The New York Times
The rising superpower has built up enormous holdings in poor, resource-rich African countries — but its business partners there aren’t always thrilled.
china  africa  nytimes  nytimesmag  colonialism 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality - The New York Times
An enormous entitlement in the tax code props up home prices — and overwhelmingly benefits the wealthy and the upper middle class.
economy  economics  inequality  nytimes  nytimesmag  housing 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Is an Open Marriage a Happier Marriage? - The New York Times
What the experiences of nonmonogamous couples can tell us about jealousy, love, desire and trust.
relationships  openmarriages  polyamory  marriage  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Can Prairie Dogs Talk? - The New York Times
An Arizona biologist believes that their sounds should be considered language — and that someday we’ll understand what they have to say.
animals  science  nature  language  communication  nytimes  nytimesmag  prairiedogs  biology 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Letter of Recommendation: Talking About the Weather - The New York Times
Weather conditions affect us all, quite obviously, which is exactly what makes them such oft-abused fodder for discussion. You can know nothing at all about the person you happen to pass on the sidewalk or stand behind in line at the deli or find yourself in an elevator with, but you know one thing that they’re enduring or enjoying or otherwise experiencing because you’ve been experiencing it, too. If you’re searching for something to say, nothing could be more apparent. For this reason — banality — talking about the weather has gotten a bad rap. Oscar Wilde is said to have called it “the last refuge of the unimaginative.” (This is actually untrue — he said this of consistency — but so widely repeated on the internet that it must reflect some deep-seated cultural hatred.)
conversation  weather  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Intimacy Behind Jazz’s Seminal Image - The New York Times
It was taken by Roy DeCarava in New York in 1960, one of a series of pictures of jazz musicians conceived and belatedly published as “The Sound I Saw.” DeCarava was born in Harlem in 1919, two years after Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie, the same year as Art Blakey, a year before Charlie Parker — and 10 years after Ben Webster, who would have been 51 in 1960. John Coltrane was born in 1926, and so was about 34 when the picture was taken.
roydecarva  photography  jazz  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Self-Medicating Animal - The New York Times
What can we learn from chimps and sheep and maybe even insects that
practice medicine on themselves?
nytimes  nytimesmag  chimpanzee  sheep  animals  medicine 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
When the Lab Rat Is a Snake - The New York Times
Why Burmese pythons may be the best way to study diabetes, heart disease and the protective effects of gastric-bypass surgery in humans.
burmesepythons  burmesepython  snakes  pythons  medicine  lab  science  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Pet Tortoise Who Will Outlive Us All - The New York Times
It’s humbling to care for an animal that reminds
you, each day, of your own imminent death.
tortoise  pets  life  death  animals  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Mystery of the Wasting House-Cats - The New York Times
Forty years ago, feline hyperthyroidism was virtually nonexistent. Now it’s an
epidemic — and some scientists think a class of everyday chemicals might be to blame.
hyperthyroidism  cats  felines  chemicals  medicine  health  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
What Animals Taught Me About Being Human - The New York Times
Surrounding myself with animals to feel less alone was a mistake:
The greatest comfort is in knowing their lives are not about us at all.
helenmacdonald  animals  nytimes  nytimesmag  nature 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Of Mice and Mindfulness - The New York Times
Mice do not, so far as we know, practice meditation. But in order to study how that activity affects human brains at the cellular level, researchers at the University of Oregon managed to put murine brains into a somewhat equivalent state. Their experiments, reported in March in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest new ways of investigating how a person’s brain can constantly reshape itself.
mice  meditation  mindfulness  science  technology  nytimesmag  nytimes 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Terrorists Among Us (1942); Detecting the Enemy Wasn't Easy Then, Either - The New York Times
Sixty years ago, a gang of four terrorists fresh from sabotage school spent a week in New York, readying themselves to wreak havoc on the transportation system, blow up stores and cripple factories. They rode the subways, bought suits, ate at the automat.

The men, Nazi spies, were caught, but not through the efforts of any sharp-eyed civilian or cunning G-man, even though the authorities were on their trail within hours of their arrival.

The 1942 case has been discussed recently because it provided the legal template for the Bush administration's proposed military tribunals for war criminals. But the mundane details of the Nazis' stay in New York also illustrate just how difficult detecting the enemy can be, even during the heightened alert of wartime and a government's constant admonitions that loose lips sink ships.
terrorism  worldwarII  germany  spies  saboteurs  nytimes  nytimesmag  history  terrorists  wars 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Reading Erdogan’s Ambitions in Turkey’s New Mosques - The New York Times
A building spree of houses of worship is furthering the Islamicization of the country
and providing an ongoing economic engine.
erdogan  turkey  mosques  nytimes  nytimesmag  tayyiperdogan 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Long, Lonely Road of Chelsea Manning - The New York Times
Her disclosure of classified documents in 2010 ushered in the age of leaks. Now, freed from prison, she talks about why she did it — and the isolation that followed.
chelseamanning  politics  wikileaks  classifiedocuments  leaks  leakers  whistleblowers  nytimes  nytimesmag  Military 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Man Behind Trump’s Voter-Fraud Obsession - The New York Times
How Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, plans to remake America through restrictive voting and immigration laws.
kriskobach  nytimes  kansas  nytimesmag  votingrights  votersupression  politics  elections 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
On Photography - The New York Times
Four photographers — three outsiders, one insider — and the perils of appropriation.
photography  tejucole  nytimes  nytimesmag  appropriation  culturalappropriation 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How ‘Snowflake’ Became America’s Inescapable Tough-Guy Taunt - The New York Times
Every age has its own preferred terms of political emasculation. Teddy Roosevelt called Woodrow Wilson a “white-handy Miss Nancy.” Adlai Stevenson was dubbed “Adelaide.” Michael Dukakis was called a “pansy,” George H.W. Bush a “wimp” and John Kerry — in a subtle feat of gendered rhetoric — an effete “flip-flopper” who “looks French.” It’s not just individual politicians who are painted as deficient in their manhood, either. Ideas and coalitions get the same treatment: Irving Kristol observed in the 1990s that “the American welfare state has had a feminine coloration from the very beginning”; Orrin Hatch once called the Democrats “the party of homosexuals.” These days, the preferred insult is a new addition to the canon: “snowflake.”
nytimes  nytimesmag  amandahess  snowflake  altright  insults  politics 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Ethereal Genius of Craig Taborn - The New York Times
He has become one of the best jazz pianists alive — by disappearing almost completely into his music.
music  jazz  craigtaborn  jazzpiano  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Trained to Kill: How Four Boy Soldiers Survived Boko Haram - The New York Times
The four children, from a fishing village in Nigeria, were among thousands abducted by Boko Haram and trained as soldiers. They learned to survive, but only by forgetting who they were.
nytimes  nigeria  bokoharam  childsoldiers  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Can a Tech Start-Up Successfully Educate Children in the Developing World? - The New York Times
Bridge International Academies — a chain of inexpensive private schools —
has ambitious plans to revolutionize education for poor children. But can its
for-profit model work in some of the most impoverished places on Earth?
bridgeinternationalacademies  education  thirdworld  developingworld  poverty  forprofitschools  schools  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Greetings, E.T. (Please Don’t Murder Us.) - The New York Times
A new initiative to beam messages into space may be our best shot yet at learning whether we’re alone in the universe. There’s just one problem: What if we’re not?
nytimes  nytimesmag  science  outerspace  lifeonotherplanets  extraterrestrials 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Pull-Up - The New York Times
Pull-up failure runs in my family. It happened to my grandfather in 1935. He was 11 — bookish, gawky, one of the few Jews in his Munich public school. His gym teacher, a sadist who had long had it out for him, ordered the boys to do pull-ups. When my grandfather’s turn came, he gripped the bar, writhed and reddened. ‘‘Look at Felsen!’’ the gym teacher growled. ‘‘Hanging there like a blutwurst. I knew he couldn’t do it.’’ Blutwurst — blood sausage. His classmates erupted in laughter. For the next year or so, until he and the other Jews were expelled from school under the Nuremberg Laws, he was Blutwurst.
nytimes  nytimesmag  pullups  fitness 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Art at the End of the World - The New York Times
A pilgrimage (with children) to see ‘‘Spiral Jetty,’’ Robert Smithson’s profound testament to catastrophe.
art  landart  nytimes  nytimesmag  robertsmithson  spiraljetty  greatsaltlake  utah 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How the Death of a Muslim Recruit Revealed a Culture of Brutality in the Marines - The New York Times
Recruits at Parris Island have been subjected to severe hazing, far beyond that experienced in other U.S. military boot camps. Is this really the only way to create a warrior?
parrisisland  marines  Military  hazing  usmilitary  nytimes  nytimesmag  janetreitman  crime 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
She Was Convicted of Killing Her Mother. Prosecutors Withheld the Evidence That Would Have Freed Her. - The New York Times
By the time Noura Jackson’s conviction was overturned, she had spent nine years in prison. This type of prosecutorial error is almost never punished.
nourajackson  crime  prosecutorialerror  emilybazelon  nytimes  nytimesmag  courts  courtsystem  criminaljustice 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Losing It in the Anti-Dieting Age - The New York Times
The agonies of being overweight — or running a diet company — in a culture that likes to pretend it only cares about health, not size.
nytimes  nytimesmag  dieting  diets  diet  weightloss  health  body  fitness  culture 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA’s Voyager Probes Across the Universe - The New York Times
As the Voyager mission is winding down, so, too, are the careers of the aging explorers who expanded our sense of home in the galaxy.
nytimes  nytimesmag  voyager  nasa  science  technology 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
If SoundCloud Disappears, What Happens to Its Music Culture? - The New York Times
This summer, an engineer named Matthew Healy moved to Berlin to work at SoundCloud, a popular music-streaming service. He started his job on a Monday. On Thursday, a companywide meeting was called. Healy and his new co-workers assumed it was about the acquisition rumors swirling around the company. Instead, Healy learned that he and 172 other employees — roughly 40 percent of the company’s staff — were being laid off. ‘‘The rest of the day is a blur,’’ he wrote in a post about his experience online. ‘‘I now realize that I was in shock.’’
soundcloud  jennawortham  nytimes  nytimesmag  music  culture  technology  internet 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
What Does It Take to ‘Assimilate’ in America? - The New York Times
What does assimilation mean these days? The word has its roots in the Latin ‘‘simulare,’’ meaning to make similar. Immigrants are expected, over an undefined period, to become like other Americans, a process metaphorically described as a melting pot. But what this means, in practice, remains unsettled. After all, Americans have always been a heterogeneous population — racially, religiously, regionally. By what criteria is an outsider judged to fit into such a diverse nation? For some, assimilation is based on pragmatic considerations, like achieving some fluency in the dominant language, some educational or economic success, some familiarity with the country’s history and culture. For others, it runs deeper and involves relinquishing all ties, even linguistic ones, to the old country. For yet others, the whole idea of assimilation is wrongheaded, and integration — a dynamic process that retains the connotation of individuality — is seen as the better model. Think salad bowl, rather than melting pot: Each ingredient keeps its flavor, even as it mixes with others.
america  unitedstates  immigration  assimilation  culture  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Small-Town Police Officer’s War on Drugs - The New York Times
New Hampshire has the second-highest rate of drug overdoses in the country. Eric Adams in Laconia (population 16,000) has been assigned one task: to stop them.
opioids  opioidepidemic  drugs  overdoses  newhampshire  nytime  nytimesmag  ericadams  addiction 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Detroit Techno - The New York Times
‘‘The music is just like Detroit, a complete mistake,’’ May said in the liner notes to a seminal techno compilation, 1988’s ‘‘Techno! The New Dance Sound of Detroit.’’ ‘‘It’s like George Clinton and Kraftwerk are stuck in an elevator with only a sequencer to keep them company.’’ Perhaps it’s Kraftwerk’s legacy that led techno to become such a huge success in Europe. Unfortunately, that trajectory has overshadowed the other half of May’s equation. Despite its heartland origins, techno gets a bad rap in America. We associate it with party drugs, velvet ropes, glow sticks. Rave culture in England, club culture in Germany and a string of Scandinavian superstar D.J.s have made black artists like Atkins, May and Saunderson appear to be an anomaly in electronic music.
detroit  techno  music  electronicmusic  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
My Grandmother’s Shroud - The New York Times
When my grandmother, my mother’s mother, died in late June in Nigeria, I was in Italy, at a conference. I wasn’t with her when she slipped into a coma or, three days later, when she died. When my brother told me the news, I called my mother and other members of my family to commiserate with them. She was buried the day of her death, in keeping with Muslim custom, and I couldn’t attend her funeral. My mother, visiting friends in Houston, would also miss the funeral.
tejucole  nytimes  nytimesmag  photographs  memories  death  mourning 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A New Front in the War Over Reproductive Rights: ‘Abortion-Pill Reversal’ - The New York Times
A San Diego doctor claims his injection can save a fetus after a medication abortion has already begun — the latest attempt by abortion foes to create a narrative of regret.
abortion  abortionright  nytimes  nytimesmag  prochoice  prolife  medicalabortions 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Majestic Marble Quarries of Northern Italy - The New York Times
Fueled by insatiable demand in the gulf states, the Italian marble trade is booming. A look at how the stone is wrenched from the earth.
nytimes  nytimesmag  marble  italy  marblequarry  quarry  quarries 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How to Make a Movie Out of Anything — Even a Mindless Phone Game - The New York Times
Hollywood is aggressively adapting material that doesn’t have a narrative or even any characters. But not all intellectual property is created equal.
nytimes  nytimesmag  ip  intellectualproperty  hollywood  movies  adaptations 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Is Being ‘Unapologetic’ the New Patriotic — or a Form of Resistance? - The New York Times
We’re living in sorry times, people. And by ‘‘sorry,’’ I mean ‘‘not sorry.’’ Right now, the far-right website Breitbart News is selling T-shirts emblazoned with the words ‘‘Unapologetically American.’’ The shirt’s label is printed with the Breitbart logo, ‘‘Made in USA’’ and ‘‘#WAR.’’ This is a shirt that wants to be starting something. Jamming ‘‘unapologetically’’ in front of ‘‘American’’ like that, with all those aggro fixin’s, implies that anybody wearing a different shirt doesn’t love America.
politics  wesleymorris  nytimes  nytimesmag  culture  politicalcorrectness 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Great A.I. Awakening - The New York Times
How Google used artificial intelligence to transform Google Translate, one of its more popular services — and how machine learning is poised to reinvent computing itself.
machinelearning  artificialintelligence  ai  nytimes  google  nytimesmag  googletranslate  technology  science 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
‘How Would an Ethical Officer React?’ - The New York Times
A new class of Dallas recruits trains to step into an uneasy moment in American policing.
nytimes  nytimesmag  policing  police  policetraining  crime  policebrutality  dallas  photography 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Down the Breitbart Hole - The New York Times
Steve Bannon once said it was the platform for the alt-right. Its current
editors disagree. Is the incendiary media company at the nerve center
of Donald Trump’s America simply provocative — or dangerous?
wilshylton  breitbart  altright  politics  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
America Is Struggling to Sort Out Where ‘Violence’ Begins and Ends - The New York Times
When did our national discourse become so consumed with the state of our national discourse? Rarely has so much public dialogue been dedicated to arguing over what can’t be said, who can’t say it and just how they shouldn’t put it. It has always been politically profitable to frame your opponents’ rhetoric as irrational, cruel, even dangerous. But our now-­constant public skirmishes over speech have moved to another level entirely: These days, the closer you can situate your opponents’ words to actual violence, the better.
amandahess  nytimes  nytimesmag  violence  activism  protest  antifa  altright 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Not Without My Brothers by Jay Caspian Kang · Longform
When Michael Deng joined an Asian-American frat, he was searching for belonging and identity. Two months later he was dead.
jaycaspiankang  nytimes  nytimesmag  michaeldeng  hazing  fraternities  asianamericans  race  racism  crime 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
‘Virtue Signaling’ Isn’t the Problem. Not Believing One Another Is. - The New York Times
We all want to be good. But often, what we want more is for others to know just how good we are.
nytimes  nytimesmag  virtuesignaling 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
What a Fraternity Hazing Death Revealed About the Painful Search for an Asian-American Identity - The New York Times
When Michael Deng, a college freshman, joined an Asian-American fraternity, he was looking for a sense of belonging and identity. Two months later he was dead.
jaycaspiankang  asianamericans  fraternities  hazing  crime  nytimes  nytimesmag 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Man Behind Trump’s Voter-Fraud Obsession - The New York Times
How Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, plans to remake America through restrictive voting and immigration laws.
nytimes  nytimesmag  kriskobach  voting  votersupression  ariberman 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Can a New Generation in the Banlieues Change French Politics? - The New York Times
A Muslim city councilor in a stagnant Paris suburb makes
the case for modernizing the nation’s Republican values.
france  politics  populism  islam  muslisms  paris  nytimes  nytimesmag 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
America’s Hidden H.I.V. Epidemic - The New York Times
Why do America’s black gay and bisexual men have a higher H.I.V. rate than any country in the world?
health  hiv  aids  gaymen  bisexualmen  sexuality  poverty  class  publichealth  disease  nytimes  nytimesmag 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
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