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  • The Atlantic writes that while we all need to accept that coronavirus isn't ever going away, we will be able to minimize its impact more and more in the future.
  • Vaccine holdouts explained to BuzzFeed the reasons why they finally got the jab, including social pressure, delta variant nervousness, experiences with people who have gotten sick, and more.
  • Despite being vaccinated, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The City reports that some people have received surprise bills for their supposedly free COVID tests from CareCube.
  • Have you ever wanted to squat in a Hamptons home? This anonymous squatter explains how she ended up doing just that, as well as her "peculiar ethical code" around it.
  • Here's the best story you'll read today about the hunt for a mysterious thief who has been stealing pre-publication book manuscripts.
  • Maki Kaji, the creator of Sudoku, has died at 69 from cancer.
  • A man is suspected of having started more than a dozen fires in Manhattan this week, including at the outdoor dining area of a Chelsea bistro.
  • Vanity Fair looks at how Gwen Carr has become a "political powerhouse" in the years since her son Eric Garner's death.
  • Elizabeth Debicki looks very convincing as Princess Diana in the first photos from the upcoming fifth season of The Crown, but Prince Charles should really be thanking the casting director for getting Dominic West to play him.
  • Grub Street argues that it's probably a good thing that New York restaurants are expensive again.
  • Why won't Jonathan Safran Foer update the poetry board in front of his Ditmas Park place?
  • Listen to "Dogma," the first single from Circuit des Yeux's upcoming Matador debut -io.
  • And finally, the one thing NYC's missing are local dogs who go for swims in neighborhood fountains: