Nearly every president since Theodore Roosevelt has written a memoir that covers his years in office; this one contains some inevitable moments of reputation-burnishing and legacy-shaping, though the narrative hews so closely to Obama’s own discursive habits of thought that any victories he depicts feel both hard-won and tenuous. An adverb he likes to use is “still” — placed at the beginning of a sentence, to qualify and counter whatever he said just before. Another favorite is “maybe,” as he reflects on alternatives to what happened, offering frank confessions of his own uncertainties and doubts. At a time of grandiose mythologizing, he marshals his considerable storytelling skills to demythologize himself. He addresses the book to the “next generation,” to young people who seek to “remake the world,” but the story he tells is less about unbridled possibility and more about the forces that inhibit it. … [Read more...] about In ‘A Promised Land,’ Barack Obama thinks — and thinks some more — over his first term
It’s a business play, too. Beyond cites that the number-one reason people eat meat alternatives isn’t for ethics or the environment but for their health. So differentiating their product as healthier than beef has been a big priority for the company. It’s why Beyond has partnered with Stanford to validate that its meat alternatives are actually healthier than beef. … [Read more...] about Beyond Meat’s new burger is way healthier. But how will it taste?
I stared at the spartan floor bed and pillow, the collection of spinning wheels, the old-fashioned phone and low wooden writing desk, trying to imagine Gandhi present in the room, a slight, brown-skinned man in a plain cotton dhoti, his legs folded under him, composing a letter to the British viceroy or charting the next phase of the Salt March, he said. … [Read more...] about Mahatma Gandhi’s writings gave voice to some of my deepest instincts: Barack Obama
The pan is made from cast aluminum and advertised as lightweight—but at 3 pounds, it’s still much heftier than most similar-sized iron skillets in my arsenal. However, the weight isn’t astronomical, and, in fact, feels satisfyingly grippy when held in one hand to give buttery pancakes an airborne flip. To measure the pan’s heat conduction, Shahid recommended I attempt a tried-and-true test by sprinkling a layer of flour to see if it browns evenly. My flour got toasty and beige after five minutes, and while the center browned slightly deeper, no section burned or remained white. The steamer basket works well, fits snuggly, and will be frequently used for one-pan meals and dumplings. Our Place also sells an additional set of Spruce Steamers that look like they’d make shumai and tamales a dream. … [Read more...] about The versatile Always Pan from Our Place is perfect for chefs with small kitchens and big ambitions—and it’s on sale
But Friar still believes that the platform should be a place for people to discuss issues of race, just as hard discussions about the Irish conflict helped her family better understand the other side during the Troubles. So it’s hard to pin her down on what exactly the new guidelines will mean beyond “Do not delete posts about Black Lives Matter.” “If someone is actively putting racist content, that comes straight off,” she says. “And if they are being racist, and it’s a nuanced thing, then members get reported and get removed as well.” What’s the difference between racist content and being racist? “I think it’s ultimately incumbent on all of us . . . at some point you have to find your line. . . . And will it change? Absolutely. It’s a living thing, because humans are living, evolving creatures, and the things we do to each other change and evolve over time.” … [Read more...] about Inside Nextdoor’s wild 2020, from essential service to a reckoning on racism