Amanda Mull makes a nuanced argument about the dangers of the list form: These rankings “often misunderstand enjoyment as a rubric for determining a thing’s ultimate worth, instead of emphasizing the value of joy itself,” she writes.
Turf Wars 2. What happens to artificial turf that’s run its course?
An estimated 750 artificial turf fields are replaced annually in the U.S. What seemed like a great use for worn tires three decades ago has left the country with hundreds of millions of pounds of useless pebbly plastic—most of it going back into landfills.
Trans Doe 3. For transgender homicide victims, the story told via genetic genealogy doesn’t always lead to the right answers.
For trans victims, those connections can dead-end at a long-discarded name or estranged family. Our science writer Sarah Zhang spoke with the leaders of the volunteer Trans Doe Task Force about what it will take to bridge this gap.
We’re closing out 2019 by reflecting on some of The Atlantic’s top-read and standout stories of the year. Today’s selection comes from our Technology team.
“I didn’t know if I was being watched live.”
That’s what one Airbnb guest told our California-based reporter Sidney Fussell in this terrifying piece on the company’s hidden-camera problem. Max Vest says he came back from dinner only to find two small cameras in his rented dwelling, facing the bed.
“The home-rental start-up says it’s cracking down on hosts who record guests. Is it doing enough?” Sidney wrote in March.
This email was written by Isabel Fattal (her favorites: Knives Out, Fleabag, the Fleabag gin-and-tonic scene) and Haley Weiss (Mickey and the Bear, Pen15, the climax of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood). It was edited by Shan Wang (Parasite, Rhythm and Flow, justice for GBBO’s Helena).