Will Identity Politics Force the Stubborn Mind to Adapt?

Will Identity Politics Force the Stubborn Mind to Adapt?

I have a new friend, Melissa, who goes by “they.” Singular “they” has existed since Chaucer’s day, but for the past five years it’s been pressed into service as an epicene, addling reactionaries. I know others who use “they,” but with Melissa, rather than merely play...
Autocomplete Presents the Best Version of You

Autocomplete Presents the Best Version of You

Type the phrase “In 2019, I’ll …” and let your smart­phone’s keyboard predict the rest. Depending on what else you’ve typed recently, you might end up with a result like one of these: In 2019, I’ll let it be a surprise to be...
Journalism Isn’t Dying. It’s Returning to Its Roots

Journalism Isn’t Dying. It’s Returning to Its Roots

The past few weeks have brought bad news to the hardworking scribes of the news business. Three leading digital outlets—BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, and Vice—announced layoffs that left many accomplished journalists unemployed. The fingers of blame quickly pointed...
Can Lettuce Survive Climate Change?

Can Lettuce Survive Climate Change?

A week into the new year, federal investigators announced that the latest outbreak of foodborne illness, from romaine lettuce, seemed to be over: There hadn’t been any cases of illness caused by a dangerous variety of E. coli bacteria known as O157:H7 for more than a...