My weekly collection of the provocative, intriguing, or curious, in a world where the house is falling down. The contextual, the cultural, and other things that catch my eye.

Carbon ruins: oil platform, steel bottle, asphalt. Photo, Lund University

What if we get to 2050 and we have got to zero emissions? A Swedish exhibition, set in 2053, looks back at the end of the fossil age.

An Extinction Rebellion protester makes her case in court. “When I sat down on Waterloo Bridge with Extinction Rebellion, I have never been clearer about what I was doing.”

Uber and Lyft increase traffic–especially in urban centres. That includes a fair amount of “dead heading”, or riding without a passenger. In short, they’re a major source of congestion.

Young women scribble themselves out on Instagram. It’s likely about managing self-esteem in an always visible world.

Boredom is good for you. The next time you’re sitting around, put the phone away.

The great American writer Toni Morrison has died. The New York Times published a lovely short memoir she wrote about a family party.

Robert Caro talks engagingly about the biographers’ craft. Along the way you learn a bit about Robert Caro and quite a lot about Lyndon B. Johnson. (Podcast, first 45 minutes of 1’15). 

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