Each week, we share the top five articles that caught our attention. Here are your must-reads, published here and abroad, for the week of January 14th 2019.
The genius of insomnia
Lean in to insomnia and you can discern the varied granular textures of the dark. Tune in and your ears can feast on a strange nocturnal orchestration: animal, atmospheric, hydraulic, electric.
→ Read it on The New York Times
How the idea of hell has shaped the way we think
For centuries, we’ve given lavish attention to the specifics of punishment, and left Heaven woefully under-sketched.
→ Read it on The New Yorker
The Instagram-husband revolution
Many influencers rely on the help of their “Instagram husbands”. That is, a person, of any gender and sexual orientation—and not necessarily your actual husband—who acts as the invisible talent behind your Instagram photos.
→ Read it on The Atlantic
The surprising history of the fortune cookie
Cracking open a cookie to reveal the quirky fortune inside is a popular ritual, though most of us don’t think about why we do this.
→ Read it on The Nib
Inside the rise of the keto diet
Meet the bodybuilders, biohackers, scientists, doctors, and hucksters behind the buzziest thing in nutrition.
→ Read it on Men’s Health
In your earbuds: The Ezra Klein Show
The Ezra Klein Show gives you a chance to get inside the heads of the newsmakers and power players in politics and media. Each week, Klein delivers far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research.
→ Listen to it on Vox
Kate Gavino illustrates her favourite quotes from authors she has heard speak.
Photo: Adrien Olichon