An intellectual’s look at the American tradition of babysitting and why young babysitters are often perceived as dangerous figures. “The babysitter has conveniently served as a lightning rod for adults’ uncertainties about what the limits of girls’ autonomy and empowerment should be.” Whoa.

  • There are some who believe libraries can be saved by a Ben and Jerry’s flavor. Naturally, the cause has convened on Facebook. Our favorite ideas are Rocky Read (dark fudge alphabet letters with caramel swirls in hazelnut ice cream) and Gooey Decimal System (vanilla with chocolate covered nuts, chocolate chunks, and raisins). The New Yorker signs on and adds a few of their own ideas.
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