Weekend Reads

Throughout the week I usually come across some fascinating articles that I like to save for my lunch break, or to read over the weekend. Periodically I’ll be compiling them here, so you can enjoy them as well!

The Woman Who Couldn’t Swallow
A fascinating read about dysphagia, a swallowing disorder the greater public knows little about. I first learned of dysphagia when I was working as a proofreader for a medical foods company, and it’s interesting to learn more about this life-altering condition.

Out Here, No One Can Hear You Scream
I’ve really enjoyed the articles Huffington Post has been putting out on their Highline offshoot. And by “enjoyed” I mean “horrified by what their investigative reporting has uncovered.” This article, a startling look at sexual harassment and misogyny in the National Parks Service, is no exception.

The Man Who Sailed His House
5 years on from the tsunami that ravaged Japan, GQ presents a beautifully written piece about Hiromitsu, a man who was found floating at sea on the remnants of what used to be his roof days after the disaster.

Why Does America Hate Roundabouts?
I probably only find this interesting because I grew up in a neighborhood with a very tiny roundabout. I also pass through a small one on a route I take home, and it drives me absolutely crazy that no one seems to understand that you’re meant to keep right and bear left around a circle, not just stop before entering and make a full left turn to reach the furthest exit  (as you can imagine, it’s pretty dangerous). I was surprised to see such a low rate of roundabouts on the map in NJ, though—I mean it’s not called a “Jersey Circle” for nothing, right?

How ‘LOL’ Became a Punctuation Mark
“Instead, McWhorter argued, the ‘LOL’ in the women’s exchange is standing in as, effectively, a marker for empathy. It is replacing the things that can be achieved in an in-person conversation—the nodding of the head, the contact of the eyes, the tiny gestures that together lend the ‘L’ to the ‘IRL’—with a three-letter symbol.” I kind of hate that this article is framed around a dissection of Kim Kardashian’s nude photo, but the actual subject matter of “lol” as a new addition to grammar is particularly fascinating.

 

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