Sunday Reading: What Caught My Eye This Week


I’m sure it will come as no surprise to you that I like explainers. I like writing them, and I like reading them. This week I read three great articles that provide some insight into a few of the big news stories of the week. I expect to re-read these multiple times. Enjoy. 

How to Talk About the New Zealand Massacre: More Sunlight, Less Oxygen

This is a very smart piece in The New Yorker about the difference between amplifying the details of the horror (don’t do this) and working to understand how this type of hate grows and spreads (do this).

Why the College Scandal Touched a Nonpartisan Nerve

I found this article in The Atlantic to be fascinating. It looks at where Americans almost expect money to play a role–and so therefore are less perturbed when its influence is uncovered–and where we absolutely do not want money to interfere. As one example, how would we feel if some mogul paid a tidy sum to get his mediocre son onto the starting lineup of the New York Yankees?

Brexit Consequences for the U.K., the EU, and the United States

Particularly with the most recent vote in Parliament, this is a good time to get caught up on the latest with Brexit. The Balance produced this very readable primer, with bite-size sections, including one on what the consequences will be for the U.S.

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