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  • What's going on in Afghanistan? The president has fled, the Taliban have basically taken over, the U.S. has been caught flat-footed, and people are desperate to escape the country whatever the cost.
  • Are you sick and tired of reading stories about soon-to-be former Governor Andrew Cuomo? Then you may have missed out on some very good stories over the weekend about his hubris and downfall, including this Times piece (which includes a priceless anecdote about Cuomo obliviously insulting Robert Caro) and this NY Mag piece (in which Cuomo contemplates his post-gubernatorial future and promises to add his "voice" and lend his "perspective").
  • The White Lotus was the best TV show of the summer, so if you caught last night's finale, you don't want to miss this excellent, empathetic interview with creator Mike White: "I want to find myself in the other, and the point of it is that there is no other; it is you. That’s the deepest connection you can make in art."
  • Are "receipts"—screenshots of conversations, tweets and other ephemera—definitive proof of wrongdoing, or just fragments missing important context?
  • NBC reports that at least 44 people were shot in 25 separate incidents around New York City this weekend.
  • Does Oasis have the best B-Sides? What about The Smiths or Radiohead? What about Prince?!?
  • Amazon apparently is having a hard time convincing all of its workers to get vaccinated "for a variety of reasons largely related to distrust, inconvenience, or the perception that it's not important because they believe themselves to be in good health."
  • With Cuomo gone, is congestion pricing dead in NYC?
  • Vox looks at how the houseplants boom of recent years has affected the environment.
  • Bon Iver is reissuing their self-titled sophomore album and will perform some shows in honor of its 10th anniversary.
  • And finally, I would pet a baby capybara if I could: