Editor’s note: We interrupted our weekly calendar and swapped out good reads for curious facts—to give you lots to catch up on while we’re gone:)
A list of good reads
- If you read only one thing, make it this English translation of an essay by B Jeyamohan in Frontline. His take on Hindutva leader Veer Savarkar, Gandhi and the history of the freedom movement is unique—and totally worth your time even if you don’t agree with him.
- New York Times (splainer gift link) has the fascinating story of a Japanese graduate student who filed a sexual harassment complaint against her professor—only to be sued for adultery by his wife.
- Also in the New York Times: a psychologist explains why ambivalent relationships (think frenemies) are hazardous to your health.
- Robert Dessaix in The Guardian writes about the unbearable death of his dog Polly—asking ‘What is a dog, then?’
- Also worth your time in The Guardian: Van Badham explains why the bimbocore aesthetic weaponises the social performance of the ageing woman.
- Vivek Kaul in The India Forum decodes the big economic numbers—to explain what they actually say.
- Scroll has the intriguing story of how an Indian langur ended up in a prehistoric painting in Greece.
- Vox offers a guide to meditation for people who think they can’t meditate.
- There’s plenty of analysis of the series finale out there. Vulture offers something more useful: a list of 12 books to fill the Succession-size hole in your heart.