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The world’s getting better all the time

CapX

If you closely followed the news this year – and how could you not? – this has been an exhausting one. I thought about recommending to you, fittingly, Bloomberg’s «Pessimist’s Guide to 2028» (oh snap, there I did it), but then I came across something more uplifting. Treat yourselves to 82 developments and achievements that were actually quite great in 2017. Here’s to hoping that quote will hold for a little longer: «Ever since the Enlightenment and the invention of Science, we’ve managed to create a tiny bit more than we’ve destroyed each year.»

Published in Weekly Filet #260
    In collection: The Future Is Now

    Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.

    The Boston Globe

    Most people know the Boston Globe’s «Spotlight» team from its portrayal in the Oscar winning movie of the same name. This is «Spotlight» in action, sheding light on racism in Boston. A fantastic piece of journalism based on both good old shoe leather reporting and data analysis (and the combination of the two: To get a sense of how much black residents are part of the mainstream of the city, they visited iconic Boston places and simply counted the number of black people they saw). The one fact that stuck with me: The median net worth of non-immigrant African-American households in the Boston area is just $8. Yes, eight dollars, no typo.

    Published in Weekly Filet #259

    Cat Person

    The New Yorker

    Arguably one of the most undersold pieces of the year. I saw it in my newsfeeds at least a dozen times before I finally clicked on it. Don’t be fooled by the bland title and give it a try. I don’t want to spoil too much, but this piece of fiction will make you feel uncomfortable, and probably for different reasons depending on your gender.

    Published in Weekly Filet #259 In collection: Unputdownable Stories