Editor’s note: If you’re wondering wtf happened to the recommended list of new releases, they are now part of the Advisory edition that will drop tomorrow.
A list of good reads
- Quartz explains why Indian H1-B visa holders may be the worst hit by the US tech layoffs.
- David Pierce in The Verge says he texts himself all day, every day—and explains why you should too.
- Deccan Herald reports on attempts to change IIM-Ahmedabad’s name and logo—and its syncretic identity.
- It’s really annoying when your eyelid starts to twitch—and it can be hard to make it stop. New York Times (splainer gift link) explains why it happens and what you can do.
- Shruti Rajagopalan’s newsletter has a detailed and upbeat take on why the world ought to be paying more attention to India.
- Vox asks an interesting question: are eight billion people on this planet too many… or too few? The reality is that population growth is highly uneven across countries. What does that mean for the future?
- Malini Nair in Scroll profiles the Youth Association for Classical Music in Chennai—which has incubated almost every Carnatic music star.
- Futurism has everything you need to know about the high-tech footballs at the World Cup—which have to be charged like phones!
- Holly Thomas over at CNN has a very good takedown of Hollywood’s obsession with the old—i.e remaking, reimagining and spinning off everything in the name of nostalgia.
- Inverse offers a fascinating look at what the world would look like if the Neanderthals had survived.
- We're big fans of Mick Herron’s spy novels—whose Slough House series is now a brilliant Apple TV series. If you’ve never heard of him, check out why Jill Lepore in the New Yorker thinks so highly of him.