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Looking for love in the age of Tinder
“He had paid for much of her schooling, something he cannot help but mention, since the aftermath of any failed relationship brings an ungenerous and impossible impulse to claw back one’s misspent resources.”
Illustration by Shonagh Rae

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Corn, corruption, and the presidential caucuses
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“This is the strange magic of an arrangement of all the world’s knowledge in alphabetical order: any search for anything passes through things that have nothing in common with it but an initial letter.”
Artwork by Brian Dettmer. Courtesy the artist and P.P.O.W., New York City.

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The awful seduction of the British monarchy
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A gay soldier in Assad’s army
“If I really wanted to learn about the Islamic State, Hassan told me, I ought to speak to his friend Samir, a young gay soldier in the Syrian Army who’d been fighting jihadis intermittently for the past four years.”
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Estimated percentage of New Hampshire’s bat population that died in 2010:

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In Turlock, California, nearly 3,500 samples of bull semen were stolen from the back of a truck.

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Weekly Review — February 9, 2016, 12:19 pm

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Egypt banned a German tourist from the country for climbing the Giza pyramid, and the body of an Italian student was discovered with signs of torture in a Cairo suburb. A New York City police officer testified in court that he was unable to perform CPR on a gunshot victim because the academy had helped him cheat on his certification test, and an officer in Chicago who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager sued the boy’s family for $10 million, claiming emotional trauma. In Peru, a 51-year-old activist became the first former sex worker to run for the national legislature. “I’m going to put order,” she said, “in that big brothel which is Congress.” Read more…

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“Portrait of a Monkey with Fruit,” a photograph by Olivier Richon, whose work will be on view next month at Materia Gallery, in Rome. Courtesy the artist and Ibid. Gallery, London and Los Angeles

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Illustrations of Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood, as it appeared decades ago and today.

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The President’s War

“For the first three years of François Hollande’s presidency, he was neither malicious nor dangerous. And yet, since the terrorist attack on the Bataclan, it’s been a whole different story.”

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A teenager in Melbourne was charged with conspiring to prepare for a terrorist attack after he was recorded discussing plans to paint the Islamic State flag on a kangaroo, pack the animal full of explosives, and release it in the vicinity of police officers. Two 71-year-old Americans sailing from Norway to the United States were rescued, for the ninth time, after their boat caught fire from a candle they left burning while they were out buying groceries. “This fire is definitely not typical,” said one of the men. Read more…

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Strand Book Store, an oil painting by Max Ferguson. Courtesy the artist.

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