Tommy the dog went without food and water and braved the hot days and cold nights in Chennai, southern India, as he stood watch over the grave of his master, Bhaskar Shri, 18, who died in a car accident Aug. 2.

Dog spends 15 days without food while guarding burial site of Indian owner,, dogs, Chennai, India, pets, tw: death, tw: sad dog story, headlines,

Passing the summer days in North Carolina’s low country often meant sitting on the porch with Grandpa and his radio. Today, it doesn’t take much to go back there.

"Grandpa" by Patrick Ambrose, Patrick Ambrose, family, North Carolina, The South, fishing, drinking, growing up, personal essays, features, archives,

Infinite Jest – the 1,000-page epic of American addiction and tennis – has been recreated in plastic bricks by an appropriately precocious child

David Foster Wallace novel translated by an 11-year-old – into Lego,, David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest, Lego, children, books, tw: guns, tw: suicide, headlines,

Sinclair Lewis despised his hometown in Minnesota. It disliked him, too, especially after being lampooned in a bestselling novel that mocked the citizens for their small-town ways. These days, though, he’s all they’ve got.

"Main Street, USA" by Matt Ray Robison, Matt Ray Robison, Sinclair Lewis, Sauk Centre, Minnesota, writers, small towns, books, literature, features, archives,

While the destruction in Gaza, the Ukraine, and other conflict zones may be as harrowing, the recent rise of the Islamic State (IS), formerly ISIS or ISIL, is particularly worrying to the art world since it is taking place in an area rich with important archeological sites. Stopping the devastating impact of IS on the people of the region is certainly people’s first priority, but it is also necessary to assess the cultural and historical impact on world heritage.

Cultural Destruction by Islamic State Continues with No End in Sight,, Islamic State, ISIS, ISIL, art, history, cultural heritage, destruction, headlines,

German photographer Julian Faulhaber captures public spaces—supermarkets and parking garages—in the moments between their construction and when they are opened for public use. His long-exposure photos, which remain untouched after developing and for which he uses only available lighting, look unreal and Photoshopped. But what does it mean to say that reality looks Photoshopped?

Low-Density Polyethylene by Julian Faulhaber, Julian Faulhaber, photography, spaces, buildings, architecture, long exposure, galleries, archives,

So, perhaps everyone should read Mein Kampf, as these men have recently determined. But who actually does? What perspective do these bring to the book? What do they buy alongside it? What did these people hope to learn? There are over six hundred reviews of Mein Kampf on Amazon, and I read all of them.

Who Reads ‘Mein Kampf’?,, Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler, Karl Ove Knausgaard, books, Amazon, reviews, headlines,

When a genetic disease looms, we’re more like our parents than we’d like to believe—and when we become parents, that fear only grows.
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When a genetic disease looms, we’re more like our parents than we’d like to believe—and when we become parents, that fear only grows.

"The Influencing Machine" by Jessica Pishko, Jessica Pishko, health, disease, family, parents, genetics, medicine, personal essays, features, archives,

Dismissed as “agitators” and “fools,” Ferguson’s young protesters are actually ordinary young black men — and some women — who are leaderless but united by anger. And some don’t think the old civil rights guard achieved much: “I feel in my heart they failed us.”

Ferguson’s Angry Young Men,, Ferguson, Missouri, protestors, civil rights, race, African Americans, headlines,

More than a decade after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan—now our longest war—most Americans still know next to nothing about the people who live there, and the liberties denied them. Lessons from a rapid education.

"Smog of War" by Jonathan Gourlay, Jonathan Gourlay, Afghanistan War, U.S.A., soldiers, civilians, foreign correspondence, travel, features, archives,

ICREACH contains information on the private communications of foreigners and, it appears, millions of records on American citizens who have not been accused of any wrongdoing. Details about its existence are contained in the archive of materials provided to The Intercept by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google,, NSA, ICReach, search engine, surveillance, spying, The Intercept, technology, headlines,

A newborn wavers between life and something else. For the father, a walk in the woods elucidates the struggle between nature and nurture.

"Born, Still" by Jonathan Gourlay, Jonathan Gourlay, family, parenting, children, death, personal essays, features, archives,

Inspired by photographs of Sicilian catacombs, Jack Burman has spent over a decade scouring Europe and South America, among other places, for the dead … The preserved faces, hands, and bodies he seeks out are half anatomy lesson and half a reminder of our humanity: These scientific specimens and skeletons were once alive, just like us.

The Dead by Jack Burman, Jack Burman, photography, people, portraits, tw: dead people, life, death, galleries, archives,

I am a tennis fanatic. I also happen to be pretty decent at it. Not, like, pro-level, but skilled enough to enter a qualifier for this year’s U.S. Open. It was the longest of shots, but as I rapidly approached 40, it was also one last grasp at sports glory. So just like the Federers and Murrays of the world, I hooked up with an aging champ (Mats Wilander!), trained for months, and took my first step toward becoming a Grand Slam winner

"Am I Too Old to Win the U.S. Open?" by Rosecrans Baldwin,, Rosecrans Baldwin, tennis, sports, U.S. Open, athletics, aging, Mats Wilander, coaching,