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  • Congress has passed President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan.
  • Here is a chilling article about how "digital creators" are willing to monetize every aspect of their lives: “We’re building an economy of attention where you purchase moments in other people’s lives, and we take it a step further by allowing and enabling people to control those moments."
  • Scientists are trying to figure out the mystery of smell so that they can make robot noses.
  • Some filthy rich Wall Street "A-listers" who fled to Florida during the pandemic now want to come back to the city.
  • Kenneth Branagh is going to direct a Bee Gees biopic.
  • Aron Rosenberg quit the Internet two months before the pandemic started as part of his education P.h.D. research, and he didn't hate it: “I realized just how much reliance on the internet caused me to privilege what was simply new over more durable ideas."
  • Lou Ottens, the inventor of the first cassette tape, has died at age 94.
  • The MTA has fired an employee who took part in the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol.
  • Here's what that Patti Smith show in Brooklyn was like this week.
  • The brilliant Pedro Almodóvar talked about his new short film, starring Tilda Swinton, with Vulture.
  • And finally, a new interspecies friendship alert: