Did you read about defending Guy Fieri, Herman Melville and sci-fi, and jazz/rap brains?



An illustration from an early edition of Moby Dick by A. Burnham Shute
  • An illustration from an early edition of Moby-Dick by A. Burnham Shute
Each day Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, amuse, or inspire us.

Hey, did you read:

• Helen Rosner on the backlash over Pete Wells's takedown of Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant (and why Fieri matters)? Mike Sula

• This consideration of Herman Melville as a science writer? —Ben Sachs

• That the prolific and collaboration-minded German electronic-music artist Pete Namlook has died? —Peter Margasak

• About the similarities between the brains of jazz musicians and rappers, as revealed by functional magnetic resonance imaging scans? (It all boils down to the gift of improvisation.) —Mara Shalhoup

This study that finally proves what we've all been thinking: human beings are actually getting dumber? Luca Cimarusti

• That Stephen Colbert has shut down his super PAC? —Jerome Ludwig

• That Coca-Cola is investing in Spotify? —Leor Galil

That thing in the Atlantic about problems with American generals that's actually newsworthy? —Paul John Higgins

• The Oxford English Dictionary has declared omnishambles (referring to something that's fucked-up in all possible respects) to be the word of the year? Philip Montoro

• That the Burmese government freed 452 prisoners (none of them dissidents or human-rights activists) in advance of Barack Obama's visit? —Ben Sachs

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