While Gabe is off this week enjoying the “Happiest Place on Earth,” we here in other not-so-happy places on Earth compiled the best of what to read this week.
Fire, you say? In his response to the reports that North Korea now has a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can be mounted on a missile, President Trump warned that more threats will be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Turns out, he’s just taking a line from North Korean propaganda. Should we actually look to Kim Jong-un to be the sane one here?
Last weekend, Silicon Valley Twitter was aflame with reports of a manifesto critical of diversity policies making the rounds inside Google, written by one of its software engineers. By Monday evening, the author of the memo was fired. But April Glaser explains why it won’t be that easy to get rid of sexist and racist culture in the industry, and Chanda Prescod-Weinstein explores how “science” led to the sort of problematic thinking in the memo in the first place.
Fire also took out the Lannister army this week on Game of Thrones, as Dany finally unleashed a dragon named Drogon in battle. A military strategist breaks down why the victory wasn’t as decisive as it looked, and Sam Adams spells out why these characters still aren’t ready to face their biggest threat: the White Walkers.
Not From Slate
- Finally, a millennial confession: “I am sorry for killing everything. Yes, it was me.”
- Don’t get on the bad side of the young-adult book community on social media.
- A heartbreaking piece on an Asian fraternity incident that dives deeper into the complications of the “Asian-American identity.”
- A fond farewell to a favorite Brooklyn neighborhood restaurant.
- Another thoughtful dissection of the divisive Bachelorette finale, and how it finally got real.
- And why do hotels still put a Bible in the nightstand?
From the Archives
Last year—back when nuclear war was an interesting plot device and not an existential threat hanging over us all—Sam Adams wrote about the political impact of The Day After, the still terrifying nuclear war movie that allegedly scared Ronald Reagan into toning down his Cold War rhetoric. Broadcast on ABC at the height of Cold War tensions, the fictionalized account of a nuclear strike on Kansas was intended by director Nicholas Meyer not so much as a piece of entertainment but as a nuclear deterrent. It worked.
Is it time for a new version of The Day After? We hear TV is one of the best ways to get through to Trump.
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Chau and Rachel