— “Politics is weird. And creepy. And now I know lacks even the loosest attachment to anything like reality.”
— The backstory on how the White House press pool kept secret President Obama’s 36-hour visit to Afghanistan.
— Atul Gawande succintly summarizes 200 years of surgery in the New England Journal of Medicine.
— Why recipe writers lie.
— Summer jobs for 16 to 24-year-olds are at their lowest level since at least 1948.
— “No designer has ever made a good chair, because it is impossible.”
— Matt Yglesias on the problem with the euro zone being a lack of actual European identity.