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  • Congrats to Abdulrazak Gurnah, the Tanzanian-born author who just won the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • About 35% of American homes use gas stoves. Environmentalists are trying to do away with that.
  • The New Yorker wrote up a fascinating study by Pew wherein they transcribed and analyzed thousands of Christian sermons from 10 Sundays in 2020 (they were live streamed because of the pandemic), and the main conclusions are: Sermons are long (an average of 37 minutes!), abortion gets mentioned way less than non-churchgoers might assume, and since more people attend church than subscribe to a newspaper, it's odd that so little mainstream attention is given to what preachers are saying these days.
  • In the hit Netflix show Squid Game, the financially-troubled protagonist is handed a card with a phone number that, when you call, gets you invited to a life-or-death competition...and the number turned out to be a real South Korean phone number, which is now ringing off the hook.
  • Employees of Pindar Vineyards, a farm on the North Fork of Long Island, have become the first agricultural workers in New York to unionize.
  • Michael Harriot has an excellent breakdown for The Root of the scam of Ozy Media and "what people really mean when they say, 'One of my best friends is Black.'"
  • Kieran Culkin gave a long and illuminating interview to The Hollywood Reporter about his childhood as son of the notorious Kit Culkin and in the shadow of brother Macaulay Culkin.
  • "Cats was off-the-scale all wrong ... I saw it and I just thought, 'Oh, God, no.'" Andrew Lloyd Webber honestly has no business talking smack about the movie Cats, but he did.
  • Here's one Substacker's journey from kind of knowing what Peloton was ("bike," "Instagram," and "weddings" came to mind), to becoming a true Pelly disciple.
  • And finally, the claws on this young lady!: