Global Order: An important election is about to choose the leader of the free world. It’s not the U.S. presidential race—it’s the election of the UN Secretary General, decided by members of the international organization’s Security Council. But a new report released this week reveals an uncertain future for the UN: Can it confront the problems the world faces today, or is its system of governance irrelevant?
Sentence Fragment: Brock Turner, the former Stanford swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, has been released from prison for “good behavior” after serving three months of his six-month sentence. His early release is an ironic ending to a case in which many felt justice hadn’t been served: If Turner had been sentenced in line with the minimum guidelines for the three felony counts if which he was convicted, he would have been sent to prison not for six months, but for six years.
The tendency with a show like Chef’s Table—a series that frequently delivers high-definition shots of sumptuous, immaculately presented meals—is to refer to it as “food porn,” lumping it in with, say, late-night Arby’s ads, or BuzzFeed videos of Oreos being smothered with molten cheesecake. Food porn is omnipresent these days; it’s excessive, it’s wanton. It’s strings of cheese glistening in slow motion while a pizza is pulled teasingly apart, or endless layers of roast beef collapsing gracefully onto a bun, pink and exposed.
But Chef’s Table, whose spinoff, Chef’s Table: France, debuts Friday on Netflix, is as far removed from such lowbrow gluttony as Guy Savoy is from Guy Fieri. For one thing, the documentary series, which spends each 50-minute episode profiling some of the world’s most extraordinary chefs, isn’t really about food at all—it’s about art.
Keep reading here, as Gilbert asks: “How can something so ubiquitous—the simple act of eating—become something akin to a religious experience?”
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1. In August 2017, the path of a solar eclipse will cross the U.S. for the first time since ____________.
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The message, “The quest for knowledge has no boundaries!” is what the University of Chicago prides itself in and consistently, relentlessly congratulates itself for. That is our identity.
My school and its constituents are proud academic sadists. It’s legit a place where people forget to eat because they got lost studying all day. During finals, someone would always gripe about how Harvard has a full week’s reading period and we have only two days. AND WE LOVE IT. There is satisfaction in the struggle. It gives us fuel to keep going. It’s not “Work hard, play hard.” It’s “Work hard and be content that you are excellent.”