What we’re reading

What we're reading

The second Democratic debate will take place this Saturday, and pollsters have been going crazy trying to predict who the nominee for both parties will be. This week, the New York Times asked readers to predict who they think will win each party’s nomination. Sorry Trump, but according to this piece, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marco Rubio were most often mentioned. The Times also took into account the predicted VP choices.

In a similar vein, The New Yorker discussed the importance (if any) of Donald Trump’s appearance on Saturday Night Live last week. When the iconic show secured the candidate on the show, ratings soared; however, as the article argues, “the show didn’t, in any truly cutting way, make fun of Trump: it made fun of Trump voters, or at least the people it imagined them to be.” Make sure to check out future SNL skits surrounding the presidential election.

The climate surrounding racial issues on college campuses has been prominent in national and campus dialogue recently. From the Yale president telling Black students, “We failed you,” to the president of the University of Missouri system’s resignation on Monday, the conversation spans many topics and has incited action on the part of certain university administrations.

The Atlantic reviewed Netflix’s new series, Master of None, starring Aziz Ansari. The article contends that this show is Ansari’s best work to date. Master of None touches on topics of race, gender, romance, and social conventions of Ansari’s generation. Pitchfork also sat down with Ansari and Zach Cowie, music supervisor for the show, to discuss the music choices for the episodes.

The New York Times has released a series documenting the experiences of displaced individuals in the world. It’s incorporating their new “virtual reality” app to create a more immersive, multimedia readership experience. The introduction to the series covers a range of topics, which are further explored in other pieces.

Sarah Smarsh’s “The Shame of Poor Teeth in a Rich World” explores the role of teeth in signifying socio-economic status and lived experience of individuals in America. The implicit privilege associated with the appearance of teeth is something that is perhaps often neglected by mainstream society. This piece urges the reader to explore this.

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