FROM Megan Garber
Rocket Science and the High Demand for a Comfy High Heel Shoe making may not be rocket science, but crafting a ‘stiletto that feels like a wedge’ is. That’s the goal of Thesis Couture, a high-end shoe company, whose design team includes a rocket scientist and a former astronaut. Their first line of heels will be available to the public in the Fall; and the sticker price? Nearly $1,000 a pair. Even with that high retail price, 10,000 people have signed up on a waiting list to buy a pair. Why is there such a clamor to pay for a heel that feels like a wedge? And why are heels still so popular?
Why the Internet Ruined April Fool's Day USA Today was one of several news outlets to report on the so-called " selfie-shoe " -- and then had to clarify how it fell for a corporate stunt on April Fool's Day. HBO's John Oliver thinks April Fools' Day awful and encouraged his Last Week Tonight audience to take the Last Week Tonight No-Prank Pledge. Sharing Oliver's opinion is Megan Garber, staff writer for the Atlantic , who says April Fool's Day has been ruined by the Internet.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.