* Do we have only twelve more years to avert climate crisis? Some readers have asked why I so often post about electric cars, Tesla, nuclear energy, zoning/housing, and micro-mobility (electric scooters, etc.). Those things are all bound up with the climate crisis. Although most writers consider all these issues as separate and distinct, they are actually interrelated, whether most writers realize this (or not).
* “The Case for Making Cities Out of Wood,” things I had not considered but that are very interesting.
* The Movie Assassin, one of the funniest essays I’ve ever read.
* “The ‘Untrue’ Woman: A new book makes the case for the primacy of the female libido, and for a societal reckoning with that reality.” I’m a bit skeptical; have you read it?
* “The Printed World in Peril.” If you’re like me, you’ve read this sort of thing many times in many guises, and yet something about the theme keeps you reading the next piece in the genre.
* “Saving the Prized Chile That Grows Only in Oaxaca’s Mountains.” Yum.
* “How Technology Grows (a restatement of definite optimism),” likely the most important piece in this batch.
* “Two Students Hooked Up. It Was Clearly Consensual. He Still Spent $12,000 Defending Himself.” Maybe universities ought to get out of the human housing business, which might curtail some of these absurdities.
* “To Avoid Climate Catastrophe, Your Transportation Choices Matter.”
* “Why you have (probably) already bought your last car.” Interesting, though I’m skeptical on the timing.
* “How an Anonymous Accusation Derailed My Life.” This is the sort of thing Quillette is publishing and that almost no one else will even touch.
* “‘We Didn’t Realize How Soon It’s Going to Come:‘ Is there anything that can actually stop the impending disaster detailed in the scary new climate report?”
* Former Google engineer on his experience working with censored products; vital reading.
* “The Crisis of Intimacy in the Age of Digital Connectivity.” See also my essay, “Facebook and cellphones might be really bad for relationships,” which seems underrated to me.