Summary of “The Rise of Anxiety Baking”

Young Americans’ long work hours might mean they’re less likely to come home every night in time to roast a chicken instead of ordering takeout, but many of them seem to have turned to weekend baking as a salve for the ambient anxiety of being alive in these times.
There’s a good reason for that: Baking actually can be really relaxing.
“People are afraid to spend money, and they’re feeling like shit. Baking is cheap, it’s easy, and it’s visceral.”
Folu Akinkuotu, a 28-year-old who lives in Boston and works in e-commerce-and someone whose impressive off-hours baking exploits I follow on social media-also started baking more in college as a way to make friends during her freshman year.
Alice Medrich, a baking expert and cookbook author, agrees that baking is a particularly effective activity for those whose professional lives exist mostly in the abstract.
In addition to the satisfaction of creating, the process of baking itself can be calming.
Buzzwords aside, baking does indeed force you to put down your phone, get your hands dirty, and pay close attention to what you’re doing.
If you’re more inclined toward cooking instead of baking, that can have some of the same positive effects, according to Muskin, but there’s something about dessert that’s just a little bit more fun.

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Summary of “My Mom”

My mom’s always been sporty but since she stopped dyeing her hair she looks her age.
I’m waiting with a 24-year-old colleague that I hired straight from college who idolises me and I’m worried that my mom will hurt herself and that people will see.
One lunch, I was dragging myself around the playground when I saw my mom standing by the fence, waving big and calling my name.
The summer before I turned 14, my mom, brother and I moved to Texas.
We’d always known that some day before Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule, we’d join my mom’s side of the family in the US. While our Green Cards were being approved, my father bought a house in suburban San Antonio despite our extended family living 1,400 miles away in LA. After 13 years of sardine life at high-rise altitudes, he liked the idea of spreading out.
My mom was the only one of us with a driver’s licence.
School was easy for me but those years were tough on my mom.
A senior on the bus once asked if my mom knew that we could all totally see her.

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Summary of “Confessions of a Professional Fake Shopper”

“We are today creating an atmosphere of fun, and crowds, and happy shoppers.” John explained that street construction had decimated walk-up traffic to a department store down the street.
A client had hired the temp agency to turn that around: People would peer through the scaffolding and jackhammer dust, see a Fun Crowd of Happy Shoppers inside the store, and thus be compelled to join in.
The department store’s plan wasn’t a bad one, except that my fellow temps and I didn’t look much like a Fun Crowd.
“We will not reimburse you for purchases,” John said, “But if you want to buy a hot dog? Sit down and eat it right outside the store? Knock yourself out.” Two of the waistcoats next to me nodded to one another, as if we’d been negotiating, and the opportunity to eat hot dogs on the clock sealed the deal.
John warned us we would be supervised, even if we didn’t see them coming, and dispatched us to the store.
Our hiring made more sense now: It is hard to maintain the paradox of bargain luxury when your store is entirely devoid of Fun Crowds and Happy Shoppers.
I squatted down in the shoe aisle in the position of a child crapping his Pampers, not at all how a Fun, Happy Shopper should behave, but the store now struck me as unbearably oppressive.
I had never shopped in a department store for even one hour before, and certainly never in the dissociative state that I now occupied: a shopper, but what is a shopper who cannot purchase?

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Summary of “The Reckoning”

Part I.In the spring of 1967, when Claire Wilson was a freshman at the University of Texas, she went to the library one afternoon to track down an old copy of Life magazine.
On the advice of friends, Claire met with a woman who knew how to procure the illegal-and, at that time, often perilous-procedure.
Claire’s rescuers miraculously avoided being hit as they ran headlong toward the western edge of the mall, spiriting her to the shelter of the Jefferson Davis statue.
With the help of Claire’s father, Bell had tracked Claire down in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, outside the small town of Loveland.
Part IV.Sirak had not seen his mother since he had left Addis Ababa as a toddler, and from the moment he caught sight of Claire in her mother’s house in Riverdale, he brightened.
On their first day together, his father and Brian set out to go sightseeing around the city, leaving Sirak and Claire to become acquainted with each other.
Claire lives in Texas now, having finally, after all her years of wandering, come home.
Beside him, Claire sat in silence, staring down at her clasped hands.

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Summary of “Don’t get crushed by your car loan”

If you wanted to pay $381 per month – the average monthly payment on a used car as of last year – you could take out a 36-month loan and buy something that cost about $13,000, or you could stretch your loan all the way out to 60 months and afford something around the $20,000 range.
Typically, it’s advisable to take out a car loan of three to five years, so this is a perfectly reasonable – but already quite wide – price range.
Now, once you’re checking out cars based on monthly payments, you’re already seeing what kinda cool stuff a longer term loan can get you, so what’s a couple dozen more months on top of that? A 72-month loan could get you a $25,000 car, and an 84-month loan can get you nearly $29,000.
The shorter the car loan term, the more likely it is that you’ll owe less on the car than what a dealer is offering you as a trade-in, and the remainder will get baked into your new purchase price as a discount.
The more months you’ve got, the higher the chance becomes that the inverse will occur, and you’ll have to pay the remainder off, potentially by rolling it into your new car loan.
A new article in The Wall Street Journal reports that the average car loan term in America is now 69 months, and that “About a third of auto loans for new vehicles taken in the first half of 2019 had terms of longer than six years.” The WSJ adds, “A decade ago, that number was less than 10 percent.” Over that same period of time, the actual way car dealerships make money has changed, with sellers increasingly relying on selling car loans to their customers to generate profits – taking payouts from lenders or receiving a portion of interest payments – rather than selling the cars themselves.
Car loans are not as intertwined with capital markets as home loans were in the build-up to the 2008 financial crisis.
From a macro perspective, that’s a good thing – if these risky car loans were to fail en masse, there’s less of a chance that they would take the entire economy down with them.

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Summary of “Tori Dunlap Saved $100,000 in 3 Years”

What do you do when you really want to buy or spend money on something? Do you ever feel too strict with yourself, or wish you could splurge?I used to struggle with spending money in general – I would tell myself “No” all the time.
Eventually, I realized it was worth it to me to spend money on certain priorities, as opposed to trying to spend as little as possible all the time.
Stuff like clothes, coffee, and makeup are not as important to me, so that’s not where my money goes.
It’s not like I was making tons of money, but I got to keep 10 percent of the profits, and the rest went to my college funds.
Does your outlook on money affect your dating life?Yes.
How do you talk about money in your relationships?If you’re friends with me, we’re going to talk about money.
If you’re willing to talk about sex with me, you should be willing to talk about money with me.
I’m more private about my sex life than I am about my money.

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Summary of “The Age of Bathfluence”

For the average home dweller, taking a bath used to be a private endeavor: fill a giant porcelain bowl with warm water, strip naked, submerge your corporeal form, rinse, repeat.
Emily Weiss, the C.E.O. of the makeup brand Glossier, takes a forty-five-minute bath almost every night, with scalding water and two full pounds of Epsom salts, the better to sweat-it’s “a workout without moving.” The model and influencer Summer Dawn Miller bathes in a crumbling old tub in her East Village apartment-and douses herself with a full bottle of hydrogen peroxide as she soaks.
There is Dream Bath Elixir and Moonenergy bath teas, and, courtesy of the cult-popular hot-yoga studio Y7, a post-Vinyasa CBD soak.
In October, Fur, a high-end brand that makes products for the pubic area, will release a thirty-four-dollar tin of “Bath drops” that burst in hot water and are meant to soothe the nether regions.
Trained as a shaman in South America, Hanekamp now runs a series of exclusive Medicine Readings in SoHo, each of which ends with her prescribing a bathing recipe-for instance, a pink bath made out of Himalayan salt, rose petals, rosemary and rose oils, and a chunk of rose quartz dropped into the tub.
On Twitter, I’ve shared my entire tub routine, including my penchant for bath snacks and, as an occasional splurge, Chanel bubble bath.
Hanekamp, the ritual-bath guru, told me that she thinks baths have taken off in recent years because there’s a low barrier to entry: almost everyone has a tub.
“A bath doesn’t feel too far out.” Baths are simple in my experience, their effects can be profound.

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Summary of “How Derren Brown Remade Mind Reading for Skeptics”

Brown spent the next two and a half hours performing a series of increasingly inconceivable set pieces, organized around the theme of how susceptible we are to hidden influence.
Off the clock, Brown neither reads anyone’s mind nor, despite being a world-class card magician, performs tricks of any kind.
Over time, Brown found himself more and more drawn to mentalism and started developing his credo of letting audiences see what the process of mind reading looked like in action.
Brown no longer does cold reading and, in his shows, has ridiculed psychics and discredited their techniques.
After introducing us to her dog and showing us framed photos of its two predecessors, which, she told us, “Are in spirit now,” she led Brown upstairs for his reading.
“Yeah, it’s hypnosis and suggestion and mind reading and so on,” Brown explained.
“I’m interested in how it sort of blurs into other things and other people’s take on it,” Brown said.
As soon as we were outside, Brown started analyzing Chrissy’s reading.

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Summary of “Vulnerability: The Key to Better Relationships”

What Vulnerability Really Is A lot of people-especially those who’ve spent their entire lives covering up their emotions-have a hard time knowing exactly what vulnerability is.
The key to true vulnerability is that you are willing to accept the consequences no matter what.
Examples of Genuine Vulnerability I really want to hammer on what true vulnerability looks like, so I’ll give some more concrete examples here.
What Vulnerability Is Not So, again, a lot of people will read this and still not have a good grasp on what vulnerability truly is.
Typically, the confusion manifests itself in one of two forms: 1) using vulnerability as another “Tactic” to get people to like you/find you attractive/sleep with you/give you money/etc.
Vulnerability Is Not a “Tactic” A very common problem people run into is that they see vulnerability as another tactic they can “Use” on other people to get them to view them in a certain way.
If you’re telling someone about how you felt when your dog died, or your strained relationship with your dad, or how you really bonded with your friend when you hiked through the mountains of Peru togetherbut you’re doing it all just to get them to like you more-well, that’s not vulnerability.
Power In Vulnerability If you’ve been paying close attention, you’ve noticed that real, genuine vulnerability represents a form of power-a deep and subtle form of power.

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Summary of “The Two Sides of Diego Maradona”

One man sprinted toward him with a giant umbrella that had Maradona’s face on it, seemingly wanting nothing more-from the moment, possibly from life-than to stand near Maradona and hold the Maradona’s-head umbrella over Maradona’s head. Watching the pitch invaders, listening to the roar of the singing, Maradona finally seemed to thaw.
“What the people have to understand is that Maradona is not a machine for making them happy.” -Diego Maradona, to Guillermo Blanco His name, the father’s, was also Diego Maradona.
The lifelong story of Diego Maradona is that the more broken, ugly, and unsalvageable something is when it enters his sphere of influence, the more beautiful and joyous that thing tends to become.
It is the lifelong story of Diego Maradona that the more joyous and beautiful something is when it enters his sphere of influence, the more broken, ugly, and unsalvageable that thing tends to become.
Today’s topic is: An old standby-how many children does Diego Maradona really have? Today’s time frame is: Two days since the weeping and the fireballs and the chain saws at his Gimnasia unveiling.
So: On September 10, 2019, a handsome, heavy-browed 18-year-old named Santiago Lara went on Argentine TV to announce that Diego Maradona was his padre biológico.
Photographs glide across the backdrop depicting a time when Lara put on a shaggy Maradona wig to prove that he looked like Maradona.
INTERVIEWER: Will more Diego Maradona children surface?

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