-Meanwhile, on another channel, Bristol Palin finds herself dividing a nation, fueling tempers and at the center of a voter fraud controversy. All in a day’s work on Dancing with the Stars . [ Washington Post ]
-At 61, after an 11-year battle with gastrointestinal cancer, Norris Church Mailer died yesterday . The former pickle-factory worker, art teacher, and model made a name for herself as a writer as well as being Norman Mailer’s wife and widow. [ New York Times ]
-Budding adventurer or mini-psychopath? A new study finds a positive correlation between fearlessness and lack of empathy in children. [ New York Times ]
Photograph of Norris Church Mailer by Stephen Lovekin for Getty Images.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.