Speaking of Speech: The NFL announced it will require all team personnel to stand for the anthem, while those who choose not to stand must remain in the locker room or face a fine. Trump responded approvingly to the policy in an interview with Fox News, suggesting that players who protest racial inequality by kneeling for the anthem “maybe … shouldn’t be in the country.” The president has attempted to keep certain dissenters out of his Twitter feed, but a federal judge ruled Wednesday that his choice to block these users violates their First Amendment rights. Garrett Epps unpacks the ruling and what it means.
Crash Course: Though it’s been about 66 million years since the extinction of the dinosaurs, scientists are still making new discoveries about the asteroid that killed them. One new study shows that the species of birds that survived the asteroid’s impact lived mostly on the ground, while their tree-dwelling counterparts likely perished in forest fires. According to another study, the asteroid may have also caused a period of global warming, from which it took the planet 100,000 years to recover.
One evening earlier this spring, German naturalist Norbert Jürgens strayed from his expedition in the Namib Desert. He walked away from his campsite beside Leopard Rock, a huge pile of schist slabs stacked like leftover roofing tiles, and into a vast plain ringed with red-burnished hills. He had 20 minutes of light left before sunset, and he intended to use them.
This next part may sound like a reenactment from a nature documentary, but trust me: This is how it went down.
The celebrated, polarizing novelist Philip Roth died this week at the age of 85. This reader, whose letter to the editor was published in our June 1969 issue, was less than impressed by his work:
In all of Roth there is more style than content. There is no development, there is no maturity. I can only think of him as a highly stylized sophomore of the 1950s. Until he can show development and growth, manhood and meaning, his writing is equivalent to clinical case histories waiting for the Grand Therapist in the Sky to make it all better.
Other readers of Roth, however, described his novels in The Atlantic’s pages as “masterly” and “marvelously entertaining.” Annika Neklason compiles the coverage of Roth in our archives.