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Marathon records shattered

Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour marathon barrier. But it took a team of 42 other runners and one electric car to keep the 34-year-old Kenyan on pace to finish in 1 hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds.

It took 43 of the world’s fastest runners to break the 2-hour marathon barrier

I love everything about this effort and achievement but find it so ridiculous that this will be unofficial because it was not at a categorized event. Feels rather short sighted by the running overlords.

Most people will only remember Kipchoge, but there was a dream team of world class runners surrounding him yesterday. Perhaps the event should also be remembered for the massive collection of talent that put their egos to the side to help him do the seemingly impossible.

Amazing effort by all involved. Kipchoge is a phenomenal athlete, one of the best runners of all time. This was a great use of strategy and technology, as well as his sheer will to achieve the impossible, to push him past the limit.

Turkey attacks Syrian Kurds

Syrian Kurds feel abandoned by the US. “You are leaving us to be slaughtered,” Kurdish general Mazloum Kobani reportedly told American officials. He warned that his army will be forced to turn to Russia for help in the absence of US protection.

“You have sold us”: Kurdish leader in Syria accuses US of abandoning allies

While Americans are distracted by an impeachment inquiry, Turkey is shelling Kurdish towns in northern Syria. Torn in a war between two allies, Trump has chosen not to stand up for the underdog Kurds who have helped the US in the fight against ISIS for the last five years. Critics of his inaction say

While Americans are distracted by an impeachment inquiry, Turkey is shelling Kurdish towns in northern Syria. Torn in a war between two allies, Trump has chosen not to stand up for the underdog Kurds who have helped the US in the fight against ISIS for the last five years. Critics of his inaction say the president is complicit in ethnic cleansing.

General Kobani is correct, and the President and his administration should be ashamed. Is this how we treat our allies in the most volatile area of the world?

Mobile payment monopoly

The key to Apple’s future success

Apple’s growth is slowing dramatically. In this Quartz member exclusive presentation, discover the three key areas that are critical to the company's future, and why and how they’ll determine Apple’s continued success.

The key to Apple’s future success

This presentation makes clear the challenges that Apple faces. Its iPhone business is slowing and it’s not getting enough traction in India or China, markets that could fuel renewed growth. So it needs services, and likely a new category of products such as augmented reality glasses, to fuel the forward

This presentation makes clear the challenges that Apple faces. Its iPhone business is slowing and it’s not getting enough traction in India or China, markets that could fuel renewed growth. So it needs services, and likely a new category of products such as augmented reality glasses, to fuel the forward growth that investors expect.

The eternal quest for growth is going to get much more difficult. Especially when it comes to services, I'm not convinced an Apple conglomerate will be able to fend off music specialists (Spotify), film/video specialists (Netflix), and payment companies (PayPal) all at the same time. And I'm not sure

The eternal quest for growth is going to get much more difficult. Especially when it comes to services, I'm not convinced an Apple conglomerate will be able to fend off music specialists (Spotify), film/video specialists (Netflix), and payment companies (PayPal) all at the same time. And I'm not sure antitrust watchdogs will be excited about those ambitions either.

Brexit fatigue

Brexit negotiators make a last-ditch effort to cut a deal. Discussions are in overdrive ahead of Thursday and Friday's European Council summit. But the continent is tired of reading about it, and the media has moved on in Paris, Rome, and Madrid.

Brexit negotiations are heating up for real, but the continent is tired of reading about it

As I was going through the news this morning for my weekend shift, it was obvious that Brexit was a still a big story in London, but not so much in Rome or Paris. That’s even though the negotiations are maybe, possibly, potentially, finally getting somewhere. Everyone has Brexit fatigue at this point

As I was going through the news this morning for my weekend shift, it was obvious that Brexit was a still a big story in London, but not so much in Rome or Paris. That’s even though the negotiations are maybe, possibly, potentially, finally getting somewhere. Everyone has Brexit fatigue at this point, but that’s doesn’t mean it’s not important.

Plastic pollution

Free Willy

Power restored in California

Fashion follows feeds

"Aspirational realness" is the new Instagram cool-girl look. Brands are adopting the messy, candid, and unfiltered aesthetic of regular users to give their products a veneer of authenticity.

“Aspirational realness,” the Instagram cool-girl look, disguises advertising as authenticity

To claim ‘aspirational realness’ as the thing that brought these brands to success is to ignore the complexity of women, how we support brands and make (educated) purchasing decisions.

Reformation, does promote a certain body type but they also were early adopters to sustainability. Offering affordable

To claim ‘aspirational realness’ as the thing that brought these brands to success is to ignore the complexity of women, how we support brands and make (educated) purchasing decisions.

Reformation, does promote a certain body type but they also were early adopters to sustainability. Offering affordable clothes made with defined values.

Outdoor voices made activewear nice enough to be worn on the regular, quality and cut being equally as important as marketing.

Glossier broke ground with celebrating beauty in all women rather than the singular ‘ideal’ of the past.

The writer has a narrow perspective on why these companies have succeeded and exactly what they tapped into.

Handbags are out. The pricey accessory is losing its once-exalted place in women's wardrobes as Instagram has eclipsed its role as a status symbol.

The handbag is losing its once-exalted place in a woman’s wardrobe

Sneakers are clearly now serving the (status / collectibles) purpose of handbags for the next generation, eating up that share of disposable income. The sales overall numbers show it as does the rise of the marketplaces like GOAT and Flight Club (as well as a walk around the streets).

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  • I know this is meant to accompany world travelers, but for those of us with no such plans in the near future, this list is an exciting way to travel, particularly since my library is a block away and practically calling to me.

    To elaborate on my “Dune” quote, I truly felt a low level of anxiety (but

    I know this is meant to accompany world travelers, but for those of us with no such plans in the near future, this list is an exciting way to travel, particularly since my library is a block away and practically calling to me.

    To elaborate on my “Dune” quote, I truly felt a low level of anxiety (but the thrilling kind) that entire week at the beach, and even after, when I’d find sand in shoes or, scarily, the book itself. The spice!!

  • On my way home from the south of France last week, I tore through Andrew Sean Greer’s novel, "Less." The story follows the inexplicably charming Arthur Less on a round-the-world solo sojourn, which matched up nicely with my own mood. After a few days off on my own, I shared Less’s curiosity and mildly

    On my way home from the south of France last week, I tore through Andrew Sean Greer’s novel, "Less." The story follows the inexplicably charming Arthur Less on a round-the-world solo sojourn, which matched up nicely with my own mood. After a few days off on my own, I shared Less’s curiosity and mildly pleasant sense of displacement throughout my 15-hour journey back to Los Angeles.

    Other faves: any of Jorge Amado's for Bahia, Brazil; ML Longworth and Peter Mayle for bon-vivanting in the south of France; Chiara Barzini's "Things That Happened Before the Earthquake" for LA... I love reading this way.

  • Here's a little more color on my quote about "The Quiet American" by Graham Greene:

    Many friends and acquaintances only know of the history of Vietnam through the lens of the conflict involving the United States, but Vietnam is a country shaped by thousands of years of war and colonialism, notably by

    Here's a little more color on my quote about "The Quiet American" by Graham Greene:

    Many friends and acquaintances only know of the history of Vietnam through the lens of the conflict involving the United States, but Vietnam is a country shaped by thousands of years of war and colonialism, notably by the Chinese and French. This book is to show them that what they've seen depicted in "Platoon" or "Full Metal Jacket" is much more complicated and nuanced than a two-hour Hollywood action flick.

    "The Quiet American" is also a good juxtaposition between the French colonial days, which is still apparent with the architecture that remains, and the rapidly modernizing era of today with growing economic clout, especially in view of the current trade war between the United States and China.

  • Excited to travel voyeuristically this summer through this list!

  • I cheated a little. My choice was a memoir (not a novel) that I read after I had already returned from the county. See if you can guess which one was mine ;). Hint - a book about Africa with a non-African author.