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this is volume 36

The Sunday Reader
Greta Gerwig, Microbiomes, John Boehner, Tom Brady, Prometha, Mathletes, Reese Whitherspoon, Skinny NBA + the Programmer
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Song of the Week, by Jim James.
  by Christine Smallwood
 23 mins
Greta Gerwig's Radical Confidence 
In her directorial debut, the writer and actress has created a character rarely seen onscreen: a young girl who loves herself. **If you're not familiar with Greta, we suggest the films Frances Ha ( 93%) and 20th Century Women ( 88%)


   by Kelly Kasulis
 10 mins
The Human Microbiome Explained: How Bad Science and Junky Diets Gave Rise to Serious Disease
More and more, scientists are realizing that the human microbiome is closely tied to our overall health, and killing swaths of microbes may not be doing us any favors. Meaning, we're too clean for our own good. 

  by Tim Alberta
 30 mins
John Boehner Unchained 
"His heckling once provoked Don Young, an Alaskan himself, to pin Boehner against a wall inside the House chamber and hold a 10-inch knife to his throat. Boehner says he stared Young in the eyes and said, “Fuck you.” 


  by Scott Sayare
 34 mins
Promethea Unbound
A child genius living in poverty, her mother, and the benefactor who became her tormenter.


  by Jason Fagone 
 10 mins
Teen Mathletes Do Battle at the Algorithm Olympics
Where 315 computer prodigies have 5 hours to solve unique problems with ad-hoc, one-of-a-kind algorithms. 


  by Maureen Dowd
 25 mins
Tom Brady's Most Dangerous Game 
The Patriots legend thinks he can play until he's 45 without sacrificing body, mind or integrity. But his future is not just in his hands.


  by Derek Blasberg
 20 mins
How Reese Witherspoon is Changing Hollywood for Women 
[If acting didn't work] "Right now, I’d probably be the premier surgeon and pediatric cardiologist at Vanderbilt University,” she says, pausing. “What? I’m just being honest. I’m ambitious, and I’m over hiding that.”


  by Paolo Uggetti
 11 mins
Skinny Love: Why Players Across the NBA Are Slimming Down 
The days of bulk and big muscles are gone. Today's NBA is all about speed and space, and players are rapidly cutting weight to fit in. 


  by Jesse Hicks
 14 mins
God's Lonely Programmer
Terry Davis, a schizophrenic programmer, has spent 10 years building an operating system to talk to God.
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