Smart & Curious

A list of good reads

  • Raghu Karnad in Slate offers an incisive and fresh take on vaccine inequity: “Once, we talked about the First and Third Worlds. Today, it’s the vaxxed and unvaxxed.”
  • Also in Slate: Jill McCabe Johnson looks back at the time she hooked up with a man who turned out to be a serial killer. Reading this gave us goosebumps.
  • Somak Ghoshal in Mint Lounge reveals a surprising insight: Instagram has become the equivalent of the museum. It is how most of us encounter art. 
  • The Guardian has a fascinating piece on a German military project to use novels to predict the next war.
  • Also in The Guardian: A loving profile of Wimbledon’s newest star: Emma Raducanu.
  • Indian Express looks at BJP’s bubbling brew of internal troubles across multiple states—the latest being Uttarakhand.
  • The Hindu has an important ground report on how the pandemic has destroyed the lives of sex workers.
  • Aubrey Gordon in Vox pens a wonderful personal essay on being fat, being in love, and being loved.
  • The Telegraph takes a close look at how much money it takes to keep the President of India in required style.
  • A surprising story in Lithub tells the story of how Kurt Cobain’s favourite novel—‘Perfume’ by Patrick Süskind—made it to his final album.
  • Buzzfeed News offers a scathing review of the Netflix series ‘Sex/Life’.
  • Worried about those wandering elephants in China? National Geographic has a thought-provoking piece on how we can keep them safe.
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