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Readings

Excerpts from the best and most bizarre new books, testimonies, government documents, journals, news reports, speeches, and letters.

Motherboard Issues

From a conversation between Vladimir Alexeev, a data journalist, and GPT-3, a language generator developed by the artificial-intelligence laboratory OpenAI. GPT-3 learned to respond to questions by analyzing online data.…

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Not Throwing Away My Yacht

From The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda, published this month by Archway Editions. The two-act play was written in response to the Broadway musical Hamilton, which Miranda composed based on a…

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Mortgage-backed Insecurities

From Having and Being Had, a book of non-fiction, which was published last month by Riverhead Books. Every year, financial advisers come to campus to meet with faculty, but I…

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Le Nozze

From Collected Stories, which will be published next month by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. “What did we say? Forty-nine by twenty-two?” He held the measuring rod open in his hands.…

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Save the Whales

From Fathoms: The World in the Whale, which was published in July by Simon and Schuster. Many international collecting institutions aim to feature a blue whale among their centerpieces. Suspended…

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Brute Force

From reports of weapons used by demonstrators and police officers in Portland, Oregon, where authorities have repeatedly used force to break up crowds protesting the police killing of George Floyd.…

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Hawthorne

From Willamette, a poetry collection, which is forthcoming from Knopf. Vertical lift in the Oregon Sunshine Makes for a perennial Escape route Black walnut trees are memory and skid They…

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B-Sighs

From “12 Sides,” an essay published in the Summer 2020 issue of Maggot Brain, a magazine published by Third Man Records. It also appeared in Sante’s collection Maybe the People…

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When Life Gives You Lemon

From FCC complaints filed between 2016 and 2017 that allege inappropriate behavior by CNN host Don Lemon. The documents were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request and published…

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Disappearing Ink

From Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write, a collection of essays, which will be published next month by W. W. Norton. We live in an era…

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Reborn to Run

From The Book of Atlantis Black, which was published last month by Tin House Books. 1. Once, when my older sister Nancy was twelve, she told me she’d decided to…

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Apple Watch

From surveillance measures taken by governments and institutions around the world in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Connected patient case numbers with location data Deployed drones to scold pedestrians…

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Empathy, My Dear Watson

From a lawsuit filed in June by the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle alleging that an upcoming Netflix film about Enola Holmes, the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes, depicts Sherlock…

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Intellectual Property

From For Now, which will be published this month by Yale University Press as part of the Why I Write series. A version of the essay was delivered at Yale…

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After Midnight

From Self-Portrait with Russian Piano, a novel, which will be published this month by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Translated from the German. You ask me whether I still keep up…

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The Long Goodbye

From sign-offs in the correspondence of the philosopher collected in Letters and Other Texts, which was published in July by Semiotext(e). Wishes, wishes, wishes Friendship and wishes Thinking of your…

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Call Me by Your Pain

From first names given to babies born around the world during the early months of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Corona Corona Kumar Corona Kumari Covid Covid Marie Covid Rose Coviduvidapdap…

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Vanishing Cream

From CV Dazzle, a project by Adam Harvey that demonstrates how makeup, hair styling, and accessories can be used to foil facial recognition technology. Harvey ran the below looks through…

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Extra Extra

From the headlines of advice columns published in the New York Times since the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic. If You’ve Got Lemons, Make Limoncello How to Raise a…

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System of a Clown

From an interview of Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, by Sara Eisen, the cohost of Closing Bell on CNBC, conducted in June. sara eisen: Larry, I…

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Walking Tour of an Imaginary Homeland

From Things to Do in Hell, a poetry collection, which will be published next month by Coffee House Press. The airplane inside us was running out of pretzels We took…

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The Report

From “No Man’s Land,” a story from her collection Many People Die Like You, which will be published this month by And Other Stories. Translated from the Swedish. The report…

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I Won’t Beg.

From Here Is the Sweet Hand, a poetry collection, which will be published this month by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. I have before. I took off a skin. I put…

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Worst Responders

From a 2017 complaint filed by David and Gretchen Jessen against Fresno County and the city of Clovis, California, for damages incurred during a police raid on their home. In…

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Knife Play

From The Lost Writings, a collection of fragments, which will be published next month by New Directions. Translated from the German. I was sitting in the box next to my…

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After the Fires

From A More Perfect Reunion, which was published in June by Bold Type Books. Even before Martin Luther King Jr. was killed, many were debating the utility of pacifist resistance.…

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New Whirled Order

From In the Land of Good Living, a memoir, which was published last month by Knopf. At my Miami Catholic school, we didn’t have snow days, naturally. We had hurricane…

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Troubleshootings

From a Los Angeles Police Commission meeting held on June 2 using Zoom, a videoconferencing platform, which lasted seven hours. Richard Tefank is the executive director of the commission, Mike…

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October 2020