A list of good reads
- The Atlantic offers an excellent analysis of the recent US Supreme Court hearing striking down affirmative action in college admissions—noting that race by definition has never been neutral.
- Thomas R Trautmann in The India Forum takes a fascinating look at India’s place in the civilisational history of democracy.
- Mint Lounge reports on Bangalore’s new-found love for staggeringly large pubs.
- New York Times (splainer gift link) explains why experts are deeply worried about the perils of a tri-polar world—split between three nuclear powers: China, US and Russia.
- Two good reads on AI: Axios explores how it can help us communicate with animals; Wall Street Journal (splainer gift link) looks at how it is wiping out software jobs.
- Vox breaks down why streaming services are mass-cancelling shows—heralding the end of the ‘you can have it all’ era.
- In his new column, Vir Sanghvi marks the end of the hype around mock meat.
- Atavist Magazine has a great deep dive into Nigeria’s romance scammers known as the ‘Yahoo Boys’.
- Lithub has a delightful piece on the origins of eight worn out phrases—such as ‘add insult to injury’.