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This week: The future of the office / Faces of power / COVID-19 on my phone? / Meeting the “macho banana” / Autism and friendships

This week: The future of the office / Faces of power / COVID-19 on my phone? / Meeting the “macho banana” / Autism and friendships

Most of these great items come from my social media networks. Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Facebook for more fascinating videos, photos, articles, essays, and criticism. Learn more about my academic background here.

1. Is the office finished?
The Economist | September 2020
“The fight over the future of the workplace”
Also see, from The Guardian: Covid will force us to reimagine the office. Let’s get it right this time

2. Faces of Power: 80% Are White, Even as U.S. Becomes More Diverse
By Denise Lu, Jon Huang, Ashwin Seshagiri, Haeyoun Park and Troy Griggs | The New York Times | September 2020
“The most powerful people in the United States pass our laws, run Hollywood’s studios and head the most prestigious universities. They own pro sports teams and determine who goes to jail and who goes to war. … Even where there have been signs of progress, greater diversity has not always translated to more equal treatment.”

3. Spanish court sends ex-colonel to prison for 1989 Jesuit killings in El Salvador
By J.J. Galvez | El Pais | September 2020
“Over three decades after a massacre that drew international attention, Inocente Orlando Montano was found guilty of ‘terrorist’ crimes”

4. Will This Be a Lost Year for America’s Children?
By Emily Bazelon | The New York Times Magazine | September 2020
“As students across the country start school, education experts reckon with the long-term implications of remote learning, vanishing resources and heightened inequality.”

5. Can COVID-19 survive on my phone?
Viral Questions :: Associated Press | May 2020
“Yes. That’s why a daily wipe down of “high-touch” surfaces like phones, keyboards and tablet computers is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

6. Plantain, the ‘macho banana’
By Niki Segnit | 1843 :: The Economist | April / May 2020
“Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? It’s definitely more than just a big banana”

7. Citigroup becomes first big Wall Street bank to be run by female CEO
By Jasper Jolly | The Guardian | September 2020
“Scottish-American banker Jane Fraser will replace Michael Corbat in February”

8. The Chocolatier for the Hip-Hop Ear
By Majorie Hernandez | Narratively | March 2014
“A soul-searching Los Angeleno finds religion in the rhythm of hip-hop and seeks to spread the faith, one sweet boom-box-shaped bite at a time.”

9. Praying in time of COVID-19: How world’s largest mosques adapted
By Arwa Ibrahim | Al Jazeera | April 2020
“As mosques ban congregational prayers due to coronavirus, many set up live-streaming to broadcast prayers and sermons.”

10. How People with Autism Forge Friendships
By Lydia Denworth | Spectrum :: Scientific American | April 2020
“Most autistic individuals want to and can make friends, though their relationships often have a distinctive quality”

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This week: Grappling with disconnected grief / The Kardashian legacy / Guys, cats and dating profiles / Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump / Regretting the success of the gender reveal party

This week: Grappling with disconnected grief / The Kardashian legacy / Guys, cats and dating profiles / Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump / Regretting the success of the gender reveal party

Most of these great items come from my social media networks. Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Facebook for more fascinating videos, photos, articles, essays, and criticism. Learn more about my academic background here.

1. The Grief Americans No Longer Share
By Garrett M. Graff | The Atlantic | September 2020
“So why does the grief of 2020—when the coronavirus pandemic has actually filled hospitals in New York and in communities across the country—feel so different? Why does our country, so united after 9/11, feel so splintered now?”
Also see, from The Atlantic: The 9/11 Era Is Over

2. Will We Ever Admit That the Kardashians Changed the World?
By Kevin Fallon | The Daily Beast | September 2020
“What happens when the TV show that, for more than a decade, was proclaimed the death of culture, art, and civilized society as we know it … actually ends itself?”

3. We studied what happens when guys add their cats to their dating app profiles
By Lori Kogan and Shelly Volsche | The Conversation | September 2020
“Prior studies suggested that women do judge a potential male partner based on whether he has pets. While they favor men with dogs, the results showed that they also give men with cats an edge over non-pet owners. Because of this, we reasoned that men pictured with cats would probably be viewed as more attractive and desirable than men who didn’t pose with any animals.”

4. Here’s how Joe Biden would combat the pandemic if he wins the election
By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Laurie McGinley | The Washington Post | September 2020
“Joe Biden has created a war-cabinet-in-waiting on the coronavirus pandemic, with major figures from the Obama, Clinton and George H.W. Bush administrations drafting plans for distributing vaccines and personal protective gear, dramatically ramping up testing, reopening schools and addressing health-care disparities.”

5. Can I get the coronavirus from my pet?
Viral Questions :: Associated Press | April 2020
“There’s no evidence pets are spreading the virus to people.”

6. How Mitch McConnell Became Trump’s Enabler-in-Chief
By Jane Mayer | The New Yorker | April 2020
“The Senate Majority Leader’s refusal to rein in the President is looking riskier than ever.”

7. The Shape-Shifter
By Rachel Syme | The New York Times Magazine | October 2018
“Lady Gaga wants to wear every costume, live out every type of known stardom. A Star Is Born is just her latest reinvention.”

8. I started the ‘gender reveal party’ trend. And I regret it
By Jenna Karvunidis and Molly Langmuir | The Guardian | June 2020
“When I first saw that a gender-reveal party had caused a forest fire I cried because I felt responsible. But here’s the thing – when planes crash no one goes after the Wright brothers. … Now I think the whole thing is not great at all, though. The problem is they overemphasize one aspect of a person.”

9. At Least 37 Million People Have Been Displaced by America’s War on Terror
By John Ismay | On War :: The New York Times | September 2020
“A new report calculates the number of people who fled because of wars fought by the United States since Sept. 11, 2001.”

10. Tamarind delivers a double punch of sweet and sour
By Niki Segnit | 1843 :: The Economist | February / March 2020
“The ginger-coloured pods taste like the sweet of your dreams – until you notice the enamel-like seeds rattling around in your mouth”

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This week: How to hold it all together / Celebrating Spanish women writers / Improving one’s life during the pandemic / Einstein proven right again / The return of art deco

This week: How to hold it all together / Celebrating Spanish women writers / Improving one’s life during the pandemic / Einstein proven right again / The return of art deco

Most of these great items come from my social media networks. Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Facebook for more fascinating videos, photos, articles, essays, and criticism. Learn more about my academic background here.

1. Holding it Together, Falling Apart
By Matthew Salesses | LitHub | September 2020
“Holding it together (as apt a phrase as any for this moment of self-isolation, anxiety, and political failure) implies that there is something coming apart. But what?”

2. Remembering the Forgotten Women Writers of 17th-Century Spain
By Theresa Machemer | SmartNews :: Smithsonian Magazine | September 2020
“A show in Madrid highlights female authors who penned histories, biographies, poetry, novels, scripts and more”

3. The Age of Innocence is a masterclass in sexual tension
By Sam Jordison | Reading Group :: The Guardian | September 2020
“In Edith Wharton’s wonderful novel about New York high society, a simple tap of a fan or glance across a crowded room can feel intensely charged”

4. 11 Ways Smart People Are Using This Crisis to Improve Their Lives
By Andrew Snavely | Primer | September 2020
“In this strange, unprecedented time, we have been given a unique opportunity with social distancing: More space and more time.”

5. Is it safe to open mail and packages during the pandemic?
Viral Questions :: Associated Press | April 2020
“There is no evidence that COVID-19 is spreading through mail or parcels, according to the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

6. A star orbiting the Milky Way’s giant black hole confirms Einstein was right
By Emily Conover | Science News | April 2020
“Decades of observations revealed the rotation of the star’s elliptical orbit”

7. A century after art deco’s birth, designers say we’re due for a revival
By Michelle Brunner | The Washington Post | April 2020
“A hundred years after the 1920s came roaring in, the era’s signature aesthetic continues to inspire design snobs and regular folks alike. Art deco — that familiar style of art, architecture and design with a sometimes-wacky blend of historic and futuristic influences — is still beloved. And if trend forecasters are to be believed, we are ripe for a full-scale art deco revival.”

8. I Dream of COVID
By Grace Gravley | Spring 2020
“I was curious to know how the anxieties of the moment would translate to our dreams.”

9. Can You Tell If Someone Is Smiling Just by Their Eyes?
By Katie Heaney | The Cut :: New York Magazine | April 2020
“Though Tyra Banks taught us to smize, I personally have gotten the sense that people I’ve smiled at from behind my mask haven’t really understood that I’m smiling at them.”

10. The charm of elderberries
By Niki Segnit | 1843 :: The Economist | December / January 2020
“A cooked elderberry tastes somewhere between a ripe red plum and a prune. Just don’t eat them raw”