Watching Turkey's election in Diyarbakir

“The campaign music stopped. Hundreds of people, their faces now warped by the dread of a third bomb, began running for cover.”
Photograph © Guy Martin/Panos.
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“Eight months pregnant I told an old woman sitting beside me on the bus that the egg that hatched my baby came from my wife’s ovaries. I didn’t know how the old woman would take it; one can never know. She was delighted: That’s like a fairy tale!”
Mother with Children, by Gustav Klimt © akg-images

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Two years in a town where the Great Recession never ended
“Between 2007 and 2010, Albany’s poverty rate jumped 12 points, to a record high of 39.9 percent. More than two thirds of Albany’s 76,000 residents are black, and since 2010, their poverty rate has climbed even higher, to nearly 42 percent.”
Photograph by Will Steacy

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From a May 23 commencement address delivered at Hofstra University. Doctorow died on Tuesday. He was 84.
“We are a deeply divided nation in danger of undergoing a profound change for the worse.”
Photograph by Giuseppe Giglia
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Netanyahu takes the country to the brink
“We think we are the only people in the world who live with threat, but we have to work with regional leaders who will work with us. Bibi is taking the country into unprecedented international isolation.”
Photograph by Adam Golfer

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Ratio of money spent by Britons on prostitution to that spent on hairdressing:

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A German scientist was testing an anti-stupidity pill.

A Twitter spokesperson conceded that a “Frat House”–themed office party “was in poor taste at best.”

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Context — July 31, 2015, 1:07 pm

I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read

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Watching Turkey's election in Diyarbakir

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A gunman kills two people at a movie theater in Louisiana, the world’s largest e-sport league announces that it will give players drug tests, and a “mystery pooper” strikes a Norwegian golf course

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No Title (The lower half…), 2013, a drawing by Raymond Pettibon, whose monograph, Surfers 1985–2015, was published by David Zwirner Books and Venus Over Manhattan last month. Image © Raymond Pettibon and courtesy Private Collection/David Zwirner Gallery, New York City and London.

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