What we’re reading

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu...

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu…

We’ll start off with an article that’ll make you feel better about your debauchery (or Netflix use) this weekend: Laurence Steinberg of the New York Times’ “The Case for Delayed Adulthood,” which, for a change, defends millennials and our stunted growth spurts.

For the linguist: Slate‘s “Does This Name Make Me Sound High-Fat?” an excerpt of Dan Jurafsky’s newly released book, The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu, which questions whether or not our names for food items are arbitrary or actually sound like they taste.

The New York Times released a beautiful series of photographs devoted to exploring “Children of Immigrants” in America.

Then, there’s Emma Watson putting her Brown University education to work (she actually said that gender was a spectrum) at the United Nations:

For the baseball fan, the New Yorker, or anyone with a heart, there’s a plethora of web content devoted to Derek Jeter’s last month as a Yankee. First, this Gatorade ad that went viral:

This New York Magazine feature/photoessay combination, entitled “Derek Jeter Opens the Door.”

And this slightly more cynical take on Derek Jeter’s career and its intrinsic ties to insidious capitalistic mores, Deadspin’s “That Stupid Derek Jeter Ad Will Make You Cry for America.”

And as the NFL continues to get itself in trouble, here are two accounts, one personal, one institutional, of NFL fans’ increasingly complicated relationship with the league: The Wall Street Journal‘s “The Weekend I Quit Watching All Football” and The New Yorker‘s “Beleaguered League.”

This week’s collegiate content includes the Times’ Why Poor Students Struggle” and “Why Federal College Ratings Won’t Rein in Tuition,” both illuminating important aspects of the ongoing struggle to make higher education in this country affordable for and accessible to all.

And finally, two New Yorker pieces focused on the relationship between the private and public lives of two classic American icons: “Caught In the Act,” which asks the question: “What drives Al Pacino?” and “The Eternal Paternal,” examining the complicated reality of being Bill Cosby.

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