What we’re reading

We’ll call this the New York Times edition. I guess it really is all the news fit to print.

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Gotta start with some Rhode Island pride. The, you guessed it, New York Times feature, “A Couple Gaining Independence, and Finding a Bond,” follows two people with intellectual disabilities on their wedding day but gets at deeper themes of unconditional love, how we treat those with disabilities in the workplace and what it means to be a full member of society.

What Kind of Town Bans Books,” from the New Yorker (I know, I know) questions conventional wisdom regarding the types of people advocating for banning books through a case study of the writer’s hometown.

In stark opposition to the BlogDH Pumpkin Spice Challenge and in typical snarky fashion, Vice‘s “Fuck Pumpkin Spice” is one of the more entertaining reads circulating the interwebs this week.

ISIS, Boko Haram and Batman” is Thomas Friedman at his best (which is pretty damn good), looking at order and disorder in the Arab world from a unique (read: DC Comics) lens.

The Times‘ “Who are ‘We the People?’” attempts to answer, or at least probe, the question of who is recognized as human by the American government. It is particularly salient given the Supreme Court’s decision today as to which cases they will hear this term.

On the heels of California’s new law broadening the legal definition of rape by requiring ongoing affirmative, not passive, consent, New York Magazine takes down critics of the law who say the law “makes sex less sexy” with their “Oh Yes Means Yes: The Joy of Affirmative Consent.”

The Times‘ “The Contrarians on Stress: It Can Be Good for You” is extremely self-explanatory.

Louisiana loses a football field’s worth of land daily. The New York Times Magazine‘s “The Most Ambitious Environmental Lawsuit Ever” looks at John M. Barry’s lawsuit against the oil industry, who has conceded responsiblity for 36 percent of the land loss due to drilling and extraction.

The Wall Street Journal‘s “The Money Feud Spicing Up the Nationals-Orioles Rivalry” looks at the relationship between two baseball teams within 30 miles of each other, and the battle over TV rights that has ensued.

The Best Possible Day,” from the New York Times asks the question: “What would your ideal last day on earth look like?” while examining how America deals with end of life care.

Most Brown students I know love Lena Dunham. So does Ross Douthat at the New York Times! Here’s his open love letter to (and cultural analysis of) Lena, aptly titled, “I Love Lena.”

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