"Misapplying the theory I mislearned in college."
An earthquake kills 290 people in Italy, Egypt’s police use Grindr, and a dog is elected mayor of a town in Minnesota for the second time.
From an interview with a girl in a reintegration program for former child soldiers in Colombia.
The Olympic Games end, 500 civilians are killed in Syria, and a study finds that humans are concerned about hurting robots’ feelings
U.S. swimmer Simone Manuel becomes the first black woman to win a gold medal in the 100-meter event, a congressman in the Philippines calls for Trump to be banned from the country, and the mayor of Cannes, France, bans the burkini
Andrew Cockburn on the Saudi slaughter in Yemen, Carolyn Kormann on California homeowners’ battle with nature, Alan Jacobs on the disappearance of Christian intellectuals, a forum on a post-Obama foreign policy, a story by Alice McDermott, and more
A bomb blast in a hospital in Quetta kills at least 70 people, landslides in Mexico kill 40 people, and a group of monkeys in Kuala Lumpur steal confidential documents from a mailman
“71316, David at the Old Post Office, Acme, LA,” a photograph by Rachel Boillot from Post Script, her series documenting the closure of rural post offices in the South, which is currently on view at the Half King Photography Series, in New York City. Photograph © The artist
Sidney Blumenthal on the origins of the Republican Party, the fallout from Clinton’s emails, and his new biography of Abraham Lincoln
Above all, NAFTA is an investment agreement, financial and political in nature, and it has always been considered as such by both Republicans and Democrats.
Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman nominated for president by a major U.S. political party, a third of Danish people report that their country is at war with Islam, and two dogs crash a car into the entrance of a Walmart
Heads of a Man and a Woman (Homme et femme, en buste), circa 1877–80, a monotype on paper by Edgar Degas. Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty, a survey of the artist’s monotypes, closed last month at the Museum of Modern Art, in New York City.
Life after five years in Al Shabaab
A man sets himself on fire at the Republican National Convention, the Georgia Court of Appeals rules that taking up-skirt photos is legal, and a police officer in Colorado fires a bullet directly into the barrel of a suspect’s gun
Martin Amis on the rise of Trump, Tom Wolfe on the origins of speech, Art Spiegelman on Si Lewen, fiction by Diane Williams, and more