Jan 16, 2021

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Blushes

By Graham Swift
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Dr. Cole eased his car from his garage, then stopped, out of habit, to watch in his rearview mirror the garage door slide gently down and the light above it extinguish itself. This had once given him an absurd, vain satisfaction; now it was his only goodbye. The car was expensive and comfortable, as was the house that went with it: large, sedate, islanded in lawns and leafage, like the others in the discreet crescent. As he drove off, the purr of the engine and the crackle of gravel were the only sounds, except for—though inside his car he couldn’t hear it—the great anthem of birds. It was a little after six on an April […]Read more >
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CRISPR and the Splice to Survive

By Elizabeth Kolbert
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Odin, in Norse mythology, is an extremely powerful god who’s also a trickster. He has only one eye, having sacrificed the other for wisdom. Among his many talents, he can wake the dead, calm storms, cure the sick, and blind his enemies. Not infrequently, he transforms himself into an animal; as a snake, he acquires the gift of poetry, which he transfers to people, inadvertently. The Odin, in Oakland, California, is a company that sells genetic-engineering kits. The company’s founder, Josiah Zayner, sports a side-swept undercut, multiple piercings, and a tattoo that urges: “Create Something Beautiful.” He holds a […]Read more >
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Trump Can’t Be Allowed to Escape Justice Yet Again

By John Cassidy
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Despite all the outrage sparked by last week’s riot, the President has grounds for believing that he won’t receive any immediate punishment for openly inciting an insurrection. Donald Trump and his dwindling band of loyalists are planning “a defiant final week” in office. Citing sources familiar with Trump’s thinking, Bloomberg News reported on Sunday that between now and January 20th, when Joe Biden takes office, Trump plans to visit the Mexican border, issue more Presidential pardons, and try, once more, to introduce some restrictions on Big Tech companies like Twitter and Facebook, which have kicked him off […]Read more >
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What’s Wrong with the Way We Work

By Jill Lepore
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Maria Fernandes died at the age of thirty-two while sleeping in her car in a Wawa parking lot in New Jersey. It was the summer of 2014, and she worked low-wage jobs at three different Dunkin’ Donuts, and slept in her Kia in between shifts, with the engine running and a container of gasoline in the back, in case she ran out. In the locked car, still wearing her white-and-brown Dunkin’ Donuts uniform, she died from gasoline and exhaust fumes. A Rutgers professor called her “the real face of the recession.” Fernandes had been trying to sleep between shifts, but all kinds of workers were spending hours in their cars, […]Read more >
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Georgia Voters Sigh in Relief as the Partisan Junk Mail Ends

By Charles Bethea
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A dozen cars were parked outside Adamson Middle School, a half hour south of downtown Atlanta, last Tuesday afternoon. Bundled-up and masked Georgians, most of them Black, hustled in and out to vote in the state’s Senate runoffs, which one man referred to as “the run-ons.” An informal exit poll of emotions rendered a unanimous result: relief. Raphael Warnock and Jon OssoffIllustration by João Fazenda Joe and Tina, a couple in their thirties, paused to describe low points from the past few weeks. “It was a Democrat who came to the door,” Joe, a logistics technician who wore shades and a grim expression, […]Read more >