Volume 2.34 (August 19-25)

Picks of the Week— Another week goes by where I could not pick just one.  

On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs (David Graeber, Strike!)– Fell in love with Graeber’s writing, his edge and anger, when I read his masterwork on debt.

How reality caught up with paranoid delusions (Mike Jay, Aeon)

Mormonism

#peakpatriarchy (Kate Kelly, Feminist Mormon Housewives)

Culture

Welcome to the Age of Denial (Adam Frank, NYT)– We are a stupid, stupid people

O, Alma Mater (Anne-Marie Maginnis, Verily)– An issue I know that many highly-educated women struggle with.

Stanley Fish Turned Careerism into a Philosophy (Russell Jacoby, New Republic)

I’m Thinking, Please Be Quiet (George Prochnik, NYT)

The Shape of Rome (Ex Urbe)– Not the most topical or important article you will read this week (or any week really), but just a really fascinating take on a deep (literally) historical issue.

Building a Smarter New York Times, According to Its Own Journalists (Marc Tracy, New Republic)

Monopoly Goes Corporate (Mary Pilon, NYT)

The Economic Case for Saving the Humanities (Christina Paxson, The New Republic)

Sports

The NCAA is nuts.  Johnny Manziel should be able to sell his own autograph (Neil Irwin, Wonkblog)

Leaving the Little Guy Behind (Michael Weinreb, Grantland)

ESPN Quit its Concussions Investigation with ‘Frontline’ Under Curious Circumstances (Marc Tracy, The New Republic)

Politics

Jesus Voted Against Your Sins (Amelia Thomson-Deveaux, The American Prospect)

NSA Scandal

David Miranda, Schedule 7, and the danger that all reports now face (Alan Rusbridger, The Guardian)

The NSA paid Silicon Valley millions to spy on taxpayers (Brian Fung, The Switch)

International

Eight Horrific and Uplifting Stories about Being Gay in the New Russia (Julia Ioffe, New Republic)

Religion

Pope Francis versus the Vatican (Damon Linker, New Republic)

We Should Be Taxing Churches (Matthew Yglesias, Slate)– See Dylan Mathews follow-up at Wonkblog here.

Economy

Help Homeless People by Giving Them a Place to Live (Matthew Yglesias, Slate)

The strange death of the British middle class (Ed West and Fraser Nelson, Spectator)

Most of U.S. is Wired, but Millions Aren’t Plugged In (Edward Wyatt, NYT)

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