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#212: Dark Crystals

Hi Loyal Readers! It’s Thursday again, which means another article-packed edition of The Highlighter.
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#212: Dark Crystals
By Mark Isero • Issue #212 • View online
Hi Loyal Readers! It’s Thursday again, which means another article-packed edition of The Highlighter. Thank you for opening today’s issue. I predict that you will not be disappointed.
After two education-heavy issues in a row, today’s newsletter includes a greater variety of articles, focusing on trends, young people, and the ills of capitalism. This week’s lead article, which I recommend, explores our infatuation with healing crystals and the harmful effects of the wellness industry. If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the piece on TikTok (I approve of the app) and the double-dose-dog photo. Then it’s back again to two upsetting-but-important articles — the first on college persistence, and the second on vaping. Please enjoy!
+ I’d like your help to reach 600 subscribers (70 to go) by the end of the year. This newsletter grows one person at a time, from the good word of loyal readers. Because you’re great, you likely know one or two or 17+ other great people who love to read as much as you do. Share The Highlighter with them, encourage them to try it out, and urge them to subscribe. Thank you, and I’ll let you know next week how many new folks have joined our reading community.

Dark Crystals: The Brutal Reality Behind A Booming Wellness Craze
TikTok Famous: How The App Is Turning Teenagers Into Celebrities
Toby and Strider, who belong to loyal reader Chris, like to refer to themselves in the third person. They also enjoy haiku. Want to nominate your pet to appear in The Highlighter? hltr.co/pets
Toby and Strider, who belong to loyal reader Chris, like to refer to themselves in the third person. They also enjoy haiku. Want to nominate your pet to appear in The Highlighter? hltr.co/pets
College Deferred: The Unmet Promises of a New Orleans Charter School
How Juul Hooked Teens on Vaping and Ignited a Health Crisis
+ Reader Annotations: In case you doubted the grandeur of our reading community, here’s additional evidence that we’re awesome. VIP and loyal reader Philippe texted me this message after reading Anthony Jack’s article in last week’s issue:
Dr. Tony Jack is my best friend from high school and officiated my wedding! His new book is amazing, and he calls out my privilege in the first 7 pages. Ha ha. The only downfall to the book is that he is getting so famous now that I don’t hear from him very much.
That’s pretty great, Phillippe, but sorry to hear that Prof. Jack is mildly ghosting you. Idea: Maybe sending him Issue #211 will change his mind? 😀
Which article intrigued you most this week? I would love to know. Thank you for reading this week’s issue of The Highlighter. Use the thumbs below to tell me what you thought. Or hit reply and send me a quick message. Also, let’s please welcome our two new subscribers Gail and one other person. Hope the newsletter is a good match for you! If you like The Highlighter, please help it grow and get better. I appreciate your support. Here are a few ways you can help:
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