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Ratio of the average cost of a gallon of gas in Britain last September to that of a gallon of Starbucks coffee:
The faculty of embarrassment was located in the pregenual anterior cingulate cortex by neurologists who made brain-damaged subjects sing along to “My Girl” and then listen to their own singing played back without musical accompaniment.
Editor's Note — February 17, 2017, 2:13 pm
Andrew Cockburn on turning Texas blue, Masha Gessen on the spread of antigay ideology, Calvin Baker on how Obama negotiated America’s racial tightrope, Mary Cuddehe on the dealth penalty as a conservative conundrum, a story by David Szalay, and more
Weekly Review — February 15, 2017, 2:57 pm
The White House released a list of 78 terrorist attacks it claimed were underreported on by the media, including the December 2015 attack in “San Bernadino [sic]”; the Department of Education tweeted a quotation attributed to “W.E.B. DeBois [sic],” then tweeted its “deepest apologizes [sic]”; and the Library of Congress began and then stopped selling an official inauguration portrait of Trump that includes the quotation “no challenge is to [sic] great.”
“Girl with a pointy hood and white schoolbag at the curb, N.Y.C. 1957,” a photograph by Diane Arbus, whose retrospective, diane arbus: in the beginning, is now on view at SFMOMA. Courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City © The Estate of Diane Arbus, LLC
Oral History — February 9, 2017, 10:00 am
The story of a Tibetan refugee living in California, as told to the illustrator
"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."