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'I don't remember a time when words were not dangerous'

Hisham Matar in The Guardian: I don’t remember a time when words were not dangerous. But it was around this time, in the late 1970s, when I was a young schoolboy in Tripoli, that the risks had become more real than ever before.

Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family

Aziz Ansari in The New York Times: “DON’T go anywhere near a mosque,” I told my mother. “Do all your prayer at home.

How an internet mapping glitch turned a random Kansas farm into a digital hell

Kashmir Hill in Fusion: An hour’s drive from Wichita, Kansas, in a little town called Potwin, there is a 360-acre piece of land with a very big problem.

Who isn't equipped for a pandemic or bioterror attack? The WHO

Annie Sparrow in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Business and politics have always influenced international efforts to solve public health problems.

In Parenthesis: in praise of the Somme's forgotten poet

Owen Sheers at The Guardian: In his introduction, TS Eliot hailed In Parenthesis as “a work of genius”.

Calvin Trillin Looks Back on 50 Years Covering Black Life in America

Dorothy Butler Gilliam at The New York Times: In 1964, Trillin captured an exchange with King that speaks to our current political moment.

Destruction and Sorrow beneath the Heavens by László Krasznahorkai

Paul Kerschen at The Quarterly Conversation: Though László Krasznahorkai’s early fictions were set in his native Hungary, over the past two decades he has turned to settings that cover the globe across much of historical time.

The talent trap: why try, try and trying again isn’t the key to success

Ian Leslie in New Statesman: Angela Lee Duckworth begins her book with a story that frames her life’s work as an act of retribution against her father.

In a New Novel, a Secular Muslim American Rejects the Burden of Labels

Pauls Toutonghi in The New York Times: Enter 2016 — the election year of our discontent — which threatens to topple the country into a social chaos unseen since the late 1960s.

What’s The Matter With Poetry?

Ken Chen in The New Republic: Once, in my youth, I took a graduate philosophy seminar I thought would be about law and justice: Instead we discussed the semantic implications of punctuation marks.

New studies explore why ordinary people turn terrorist

Bruce Bower in Science News: Fierce combat erupted in February 2016 at the northern Iraqi village of Kudilah.

The Playboy Interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Bomani Jones in Playboy: When did you realize you had become somebody? When I came to The Atlantic I’d been writing for 12 years.

stephen king: working-class hero

Naben Ruthnum at The Walrus: King’s childhood in Connecticut and Maine was something of a blend of the lives he created for Lachance and Chambers in The Body.

what will happen now?

Glen Newey at The London Review of Books: What will happen now? Precise predictions at this stage would be rash.

deep thoughts on brexit

at The Onion: FOR First step in returning Britain to its pre-1970s glory as an economically languishing failed colonial empire In the face of a resurgent Russia and increased threats from ISIS, leaving E.U.

Mark Blyth on the Brexit vote

Being Super Busy May* Be Good for Your Brain

Brian Handwerk in Smithsonian: Slammed. Swamped. Flat out. Buried. No matter how it's said, the refrain is all too familiar—people are just too busy.

Scientists reveal single-neuron gene landscape of the human brain

From PhysOrg: A team of scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) and Illumina, Inc., has completed the first large-scale assessment of single neuronal "transcriptomes." Their research reveals a surprising diversity in the molecules that human brain cells use in transcribing genetic information from DNA to RNA and producing proteins.