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How to Reduce Shootings

The New York Times

This is what a visual and data-driven opinion piece looks like. The NYT has been doing more of these recently and is slowly changing the standard of what defines a good opinion piece.

Published in Weekly Filet #255

The 2nd Amendment is 145 characters. How would you rewrite it?

Los Angeles Times

Sadly, massacres like the one in Las Vegas this week, are always followed by the exact same cascade of reactions and non-actions. If you followed the news, you have – once again – learned how unique the USA is in terms of gun violence, you’ve heard the calls for action and the pushbacks referencing the 2nd amendment. It’s almost numbingly predictable. Here’s where I think the LA Times had a good, novel idea: The 2nd amendment is 226 years old – and deemed outdated by some (because arms looked a little different back then…). So the Times asked their readers: How should it be rewritten?

Published in Weekly Filet #250

Hillary Clinton looks back in anger

The New Yorker

I didn’t think I needed another piece on that US election and how it all came about. But here’s the great David Remnick with what’s probably the quintessential piece on the president that never was. Both relentless and emphatic, both precise and elegantly written. Highly recommended.

Published in Weekly Filet #247 In collection: Best of 2017

Goodbye, Pepe

The Baffler

The alt-right is over, at least as we know it. Counterintuitive, but Andrea Nagle makes a solid case for it.

Published in Weekly Filet #245