Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Lockdown was not a sabbatical

It’s okay if you didn’t learn to make bread. | Getty ImagesDon’t worry if you haven’t grown as a person during the pandemic. Did you become a better person during the pandemic? It’s a question many of us are being asked, in ways large...

The biggest problem with eating insects isn’t the “ew” factor

A diner eats a scorpion at a market in Mexico City. | Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty ImagesCan insects become a big part of humanity’s diet? Should it? When I was in college, a girl who lived in my dorm was an evangelist...

Without Rose Byrne, the ’80s aerobics drama Physical would be unwatchable

Rose Byrne in Physical. | Apple TV+Acidic and otherwise sloppy, Physical’s star is its saving grace. In the seminal film Legally Blonde, first-year law prodigy Elle Woods presents an iconic defense of her exercise guru client: “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy....

In the Heights exemplified the ugly colorism I’ve experienced in Latinx communities

A scene in a beauty salon from the 2021 film adaptation of In the Heights; the movie has come under criticism for colorism. | Macall Polay/Warner Bros.The film adaptation of the musical revealed the pain of experiencing racism within one’s own ethnic communities. The...

Luca is a Pixar fable about sea monsters, friendship, and pasta

Luca, Pixar’s latest, dives into a magical world off the coast of Italy. | Disney/PixarNow streaming on Disney+, it’s a tale about accepting others — and yourself. Luca is probably the most summery movie that Pixar’s ever made — a light, gentle, sweet tale...

UFOs are real. That’s the easy part. Now here’s the hard part.

A still from the GOFAST UFO video. | Official UAP Footage from the USGThe epic tale of how Pentagon officials and Blink-182’s guitarist helped take UFO videos mainstream. All of a sudden, serious people are starting to take UFOs — unidentified flying objects —...

America’s largest evangelical denomination is at war with itself

Outgoing Southern Baptist Convention President J. D. Greear speaks at the closing of the annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 16. | Mark Humphrey/APWhy the Southern Baptist Convention is in turmoil — and why you should care. The Southern Baptist Convention, an umbrella group...

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s cancel culture screed is a dangerous distraction

Other prominent writers have accused Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie of transphobia. | Francois Durand/Getty Images for DiorWe’re having the wrong conversation. One of the worst aspects of any cancel culture debate is the tendency to obscure, deny, and dismiss as invalid any actual harm caused...

US investment alone won’t solve Central America’s migrant crisis

US Vice President Kamala Harris answers a question about her upcoming trip to Guatemala and Mexico in Washington, DC on June 2. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty ImagesKamala Harris wants big US companies to invest in Central America. A key prong of the Biden administration’s plan...

What tennis pros look at when they choose a ball

It all comes down to fluff. Before each serve, most professional tennis players go through a ritual to get in the zone. Novak Djokovic will bounce the ball with his racket, then with his hand. Rafael Nadal will usually pull at his shorts and...

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Rs50 bn Gilgit-Shandur Expressway project to be completed soon: Umar

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China vaccine doses pass one billion mark

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Belgium bans Britain travellers due to covid-19 variant

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Afghanistan must stop making Pakistan a scapegoat for its own failures: FM Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan was not responsible for Afghanistan's internal problems and was blamed and made out to be a...

Centre has a liking for Punjab, KP CMs because they ‘remain silent’: Wahab

Sindh government spokesperson Murtaza Wahab claimed on Sunday that the federal government had a liking for Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief ministers because they...

Govt needs to stop relying on charity: Shahbaz on vaccine shortages

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday expressed grave concern on the shortage of vaccines in Pakistan and called...