The “April Come She Will” Edition

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Posted on March 22, 2019

I cannot resist a Simon and Garfunkel inspired title. It was the first day of spring on Wednesday and I feel as though we may be slowly emerging from those dark days of winter. Well done. 🌞

This week, Navireads brings you the normal eclecticism ranging from NPR’s exploration of misophonia, to Vox’s presentation of the latest fashion trend, dystopian accessories! (arguably best paired with a year-long supply of water, canned goods and a bunker). The WSJ talks to (aka Grimes) and Slate reflects on Joe Rogan’s success, post-Fear Factor.

  • We have more than one reason for you to feel good about the future. In fact, we have 50. ~ Tired of hearing about all the world’s problems? You’ve come to the right place. The people you’ll soon meet are cooking up the boldest, most innovative solutions you haven’t yet heard of to fix the biggest challenges that face our globe. Tracking down these people — everyone from politicians to farmers to inventors to lawyers to artists — has given us new hope for the future. Now, we’re introducing them to you, to give you hope, too. | Grist
  • The Believer ~ After a mysterious freestyle ski run in last year’s Winter Olympics, people called Elizabeth Swaney a scam artist and the worst athlete in the history of the games. They’re wrong | Davy Rothbart for The California Sunday Magazine
  • Song for My Father ~ Where words fail, there is music. | Shuja Haider for Popula
  • I’m 14, and I quit social media after discovering what was posted about me ~ When 8th grader Sonia Bokhari joined social media for the first time, she discovered that her mom and sister had been posting about her for her entire life. | Sonia Bokhari for Fast Company
  • My Father’s Stack of Books ~ When he was a child, books were gifts. For his daughters, he made sure they were a given. | Kathryn Schulz for The New Yorker
  • A New Discovery Upends What We Know About Viruses ~ A plant virus distributes its genes into eight separate segments that can all reproduce, even if they infect different cells. | Ed Yong for The Atlantic
  • Misophonia: When Life’s Noises Drive You Mad ~ For people with a rare condition known as misophonia, certain sounds like slurping, chewing, tapping and clicking can elicit intense feelings of rage or panic. | April Fulton for NPR
  • As air pollution gets worse, a dystopian accessory is born ~ The air is getting more dangerous to breathe all over the world — and a suite of companies are hoping to capitalize with a new fashion item. | Rose Eveleth for Vox
  • Apple’s Big Spending Plan to Challenge Netflix Takes Shape ~ Apple is scheduled to unveil its ambitious Hollywood plans at a showcase event in Cupertino, Calif., on March 25. | John Koblin for The New York Times
  • The Life and Death of Grimes ~ As she readies the release of her new album, Grimes—who now goes by c—opens up about her influences and relationships, and why she’s decided to kill off her musical persona | Ryan Bradley for the Wall Street Journal
  • When Mountains Were Ugly ~ Over the centuries, the mountains moved. Our inner landscapes shifted to accommodate new forms of beauty, old forms of worship. | Katy Kelleher for Hazlitt
  • Stepping Into the Uncanny, Unsettling World of Shen Yun ~ Does the ubiquitous dance troupe really present five thousand years of civilization reborn? | Jia Tolentino for The New Yorker
  • Roseanne Barr just can’t shut up ~ She made one of the greatest comebacks in television history. Then came one explosive tweet. | The Washington Post
  • Joe Rogan’s Galaxy Brain ~ How the former Fear Factor host’s podcast became an essential platform for “freethinkers” who hate the left. | Slate

Navireads is a weekly compendium of interesting reads, carefully curated by Emmeline Hobbs.



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