Reading List for January 5, 2018

What Happens If You Break An Artwork? On Artnet, Issac Kaplan writes about a living nightmare that turns out to be not so bad.

Why Fried Cornmeal Mush Means So Much To the Midwest On Extra Crispy, Andrea Arnold writes about a breakfast staple beloved in the only place it could possibly be beloved,  the bitterly cold and dull Midwest.

Abandoned Hang Gliding Launch Pad On Atlas Obscura, easilyamused writes about a Maryland relic left over from the 1970s hang gliding craze.


Extreme Oxford Sports In Vanity Fair, Brett Martin writes about the Dangerous Sports Club, a group of reckless, well-bred Oxford boys who, in the 1970s, invented extreme sports.

Bad Samaritans On Slate, Katy Waldman writes about the poor reception received by the Twitter surveillance app released by the UK suicide-prevention group the Samaritans.

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? In The Atlantic, narcissism epidemiologist Jean M Twenge writes about some surprising data about the youngest Millennials that, if true, paint a more or less grim picture about the mental health of their generation.

How to Emotionally Detach From Work On The Cut, Kristin Wong writes about the pressing need to let that which does not matter truly slide.

Chewing Gum Is a Vile Habit, So Let’s Spit It Out Once and For All In The Guardian, old sourpuss Rupert Myers makes some convincing points about why abandoning chewing gum might not be a bad idea.

The Washington Post Turns the Tables on Project Veritas In the Washington Post, Erik Wemple writes about a botched setup of his newspaper by right-wing media watchdog shitheads, exposed by good old fact checking.

Thank Goodness We Don’t Have to Do That Anymore: Spinster Etiquette On Uncommon Courtesy, Victoria Pratt writes about the social norms regarding how unmarried women over age 25 were treated not too long ago.


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