Category Archives: Things

Things Mitch Wagner Saw

Western Individualism May Have Roots In The Medieval Church's Obsession With Incest

California Dreamin’ [Today, Explained]. A new California law limits how early school can start in the state.

Michael Lind on what a smarter Trumpism would sound like. The Ezra Klein Show

Jenna Karvunidis invented the gender reveal party, but now she has regrets. Decoder Ring

18 photos of smiling Victorians, including one smiling dog.

Disinformation & The Murder Of Seth Rich: Journalist Michael Issikoff describes how Fox News, the Republicans, the Trump campaign, Russians, WikiLeaks, Sean Hannity, Steve Bannon, Newt Gingrich, Roger Stone, and other bad guys promoted the lie that Seth Rich was murdered by the Clintons. [Fresh Air]

The Dinosaur Explosion: Since the 1990s there has been a massive unprecedented increase in the number of dinosaur discoveries. [Science Vs]

Man up: Masculinity in American history: Beards became fashionable for men in the 19th Century – elaborate, coiffured whiskers – as more and more men took desk jobs and the country feared feminization.

Remembering Toni Morrison: Fresh Air interviews from 1987, 1992 and 2015.

Journalist Masha Green fled Russia, returned for 20 years, and then fled again. She has “dedicated her career to writing and reporting about Russian society from both within and outside her native country.”

“Masha joined Tyler [Cowen] in New York City to answer his many questions about Russia: why was Soviet mathematics so good? What was it like meeting with Putin? Why are Russian friendships so intense? Are Russian women as strong as the stereotype suggests — and why do they all have the same few names? Is Russia more hostile to LGBT rights than other autocracies? Why did Garry Kasparov fail to make a dent in Russian politics? What did The Americans get right that Chernobyl missed? And what’s a good place to eat Russian food in Manhattan?”

[Conversations With Tyler]

Visiting dead relatives on Google Street View. [Jessie Schiewe] People find solace seeing dead loved ones returned to life by Google Street View. The resurrection is even more bittersweet because the photos show the deceased mowing the lawn and doing other quotidian everyday activities

America's other 'special relationship' remains worth preserving. [Kevin D. Williamson] There’s no case to be made that America benefits by destroying Israel.

Is Philanthropy Good? Billionaire philanthropists promote private profits and political agendas over public good. [Maria Bustillos]

New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino writes about how social media shapes identity, public discourse and political engagement, particularly for millennials like herself. She talks about growing up in a Houston megachurch, her devastating year in the Peace Corps, and how religion led her to MDMA. Her new book of essays is “Trick Mirror.” Also: Linguist Geoff Nunberg considers the use of the word “they” as a gender-neutral pronoun. [Fresh Air]