1. HOPE: For once, something positive in the world of sex-education. These Boston teenagers made a video asking for better (or any… let’s be honest) sex education. Poor students of color are the most at risk, and these kids know it and want to fix it. Can the adults get on board?
2. GROWN-UPS: Hilarious how they still think “hook-up” belongs in quotations.
3. BOOKS/JAPAN: Junot Diaz (The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) writes about falling in love with Tokyo, and in the inherent weakness of cities: “Cities, after all, for all their massiveness, all their there-ness, are acutely vulnerable. No city in the world makes that vulnerability more explicit than Tokyo.”
4. MUSIC: Adele singing “Someone Like You” in her living room, being beautiful and amazing and completely mesmerizing.
5. BOOKS/INSULTS: This guy has solved the problem of what to ask your favorite authors when you get up to the signing table at a reading, he asks for an insult. Nothing quite like Amy Sedaris telling you can’t be a cunt because you “lack the warmth and depth.”
6. NEWS: Nate Silver points out, in his usual data-heavy, impossible-to-argue style, why nobody can replace the New York Times.
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