What we’re reading


It was an important news week, both in the world and in sports. Anyone familiar with the boxer Floyd Mayweather, the highest paid athlete in the world, is familiar with his dark history of domestic abuse. As such, the two sides of Floyd Mayweather — “the boxer and the batterer” — make him a difficult character to reconcile; this feature piece from Grantland juxtaposes his boxing skill with his domestic violence cases in an attempt to paint a more complete picture of the fighter.

On the subject of controversial sports figures, Grantland also asks the question, “Did the Greedy Yankees Really Just Manage to Make Alex Rodriguez a Sympathetic Figure?” by refusing to pay him his $6 million dollar bonus for hitting his 660th home run.

In law-enforcement news, Ross Douthat’s New York Times op ed outlines the contradiction between having police unions and finding a clear path towards police reform. Also tied to this need for law enforcement reform, FiveThirtyEight presents data showing that police killings that result in murder charges, as in the case of Freddie Gray, occur infrequently.

Another NYT opinion article looks at the inequality in our country and argues that this inequality isn’t a “natural disaster imposed on us.” Kristof investigates how we, as a nation, are exacerbating our inequality, and examines some ways to move forward.

Curious about how The Onion and ClickHole make money? Check out The Atlantic’s profile of Onion Labs, the advertising branch of Onion Media Inc., future media conglomerate.

Still looking for classes for next semester but are too busy using how-old.net to see how old you looked in your eighth grade profile picture? Transfer to UPenn and merge your two interests by taking the seminar called “Wasting Time on the Internet.” Want to learn more about it? Check out this Slate article on Professor Kenneth Goldsmith’s controversial course.

In the final NYT opinion piece of this roundup, Ylonda Gault Caviness discusses her parental upbringing as a black woman and outlines what she perceives as the differences between black and white mothers, and between the “parenting” and “raising” of children.

The new space race is…an Antarctic research race? China is bolstering its research down south, ostensibly hoping to discover climatic history, find new energy sources, and create a tourism revenue stream.

In movie/science news, scientists at FiveThirtyEight attempt to explain the physics behind Thor’s hammer and Captain America’s shield. Who knew that it was little particles called “gravitons” responsible for Thor’s power?

And, in case you’re still wondering whether or not you should see Avengers, here is a guide to who should and shouldn’t watch.

Finally, I wanted to urge everyone to check out two books that I’ve read in the past couple of weeks that are absolutely worth reading: We All Looked Up and Denton Little’s Deathdate. This article provides excellent reviews of both and I will vouch that they are absolutely worth your time, especially as a study break during finals. Good luck in the next couple of weeks!


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