Reading List: A recommendations roundup from Slate writers and editors for the week of Nov. 30.

Who We Talk About When We Talk About Millennials: Slate’s Reading List

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Stories we liked from around the Web for the week of Nov. 30.


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Reading List is a curated list of great pieces from around the Web from Slate editors and writers, just for Slate Plus members. Here are our favorite stories for the week of Nov. 30:

Why So Many Minority Millennials Can’t Get Ahead” by Mel Jones, the Atlantic
I quite liked this piece about the racial wealth gap among millennials. It’s a much-needed corrective when so many articles about young people do not take racial disparities into account and use the word millennials when they mean “white middle-class people under 30.” —Mallory Ortberg, Dear Prudence columnist

Seeing ‘Hamilton’ ” by Tim Sniffen,
I’m a fan of Hamilton, but I’m also a fan of expert takedowns of wild overethusiasm, so I laughed quite a bit at this wildly hyperbolic and ludicrous Tumblr post about finally seeing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s soon-to-be Nobel Peace Prize–winning musical. Let Stiffen’s amazing words caress your brain and flow over your face like hot, relevant syrup. —Dan Kois, culture editor

A Change in Tone for Vladimir Putin’s Climate Change Pledges” by Coral Davenport, New York Times
A fabulous fact-check of Russian president Vladimir Putin (whose surname is deliciously spelled Poutine in official U.N. transcripts from Paris) and his apparent about-face on climate action in an address to world leaders on Monday. —Eric Holthaus, weather and climate writer

And from Twitter:

—Jordan Weissmann tweeted, “I expected this headline to be exaggerated. But no. It’s not.” He was referencing a report by Lee Fang in the Intercept, “Gun Industry Executives Say Mass Shootings Are Good for Business.”

—“Q: So all political landmines will be avoided? A: Hah.” Laura Helmuth quoted from “a great summary” about a contentious international conference on gene editing that met in Washington, D.C., this week. 

Slate contributor Hanna Rosin made a parenting blunder, and This American Life recorded a short vignette about it, and then the New Yorker animated the audio feature for its Dec. 7 magazine cover. Enjoy this “really lovely” backstory and video about the collaboration, tweets Miriam Krule.

—Via instant message on Slack, Jonathan Fischer says: “This is a delightful study someone should write about.”