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  • Vox takes a look back at which state-mandated COVID restrictions really seemed to work and which didn't.
  • What's the opposite of all those minimalist trends? CLUTTERCORE, and count me as one of its adherents.
  • Wil Sands writes about starting a "shot in the eye squad"—meeting, interviewing, and photographing other people who have lost an eye to police violence—after losing a retina to “less lethal” police munitions during a George Floyd protest last year.
  • Here's some advice on what to do if your job is damaging your mental health.
  • I don't even know what to make of this headline of the day: "TikTok bee-f? TikToker's critique of viral beekeeping influencer goes viral."
  • Pitchfork reports that only 50 venue operators have been given COVID relief funds since April.
  • Now that people are getting vaccinated, hugs are coming back—and so are debates over whether people do or don't want to be hugged.
  • The hottest new hobby for Instagram hotties is...wait am I reading this correctly...using metal detectors on the beach?
  • Liz Phair went over some of the high points of her career so far with Stereogum.
  • Watch the teaser trailer for The White Lotus, a new HBO miniseries about one week at a high-end Hawaiian resort written and directed by Enlightened creator Mike White.
  • And finally, some visual ASMR for you: