How did you sleep, loyal readers? I hope well. Like many people over the past year, I’ve suffered from mild insomnia (and REM paralysis
, spooky!). But all in all, I can’t complain, and sleeplessness is relative, as Aminatta Forna
emphasizes in this week’s lead article, “Chasing A Waking Life
.” In this cultural history of insomnia, you’ll travel to Sierra Leone and Croatia and Spain and China and Mexico and Spain, gaining perspective that the inability to sleep is a shared human condition across time and place.
If reading about sleeping gets you tired, skip down to this week’s other great articles — an oral history of the California wildfires, an explainer on the surge in plastic surgery, and a rumination on the flourishing chicken wings industry. Please enjoy!
+ Join Article Club this month
to discuss “A Homecoming
,” by Amirah Mercer
, which discusses how the wellness industry erases the long history of plant-based diets in the Black diaspora. We’re meeting up on Sunday, July 27 — at 2 pm online and at 3:30 pm in person. More details here
+ Don’t be shy!
If you’ve found an outstanding article that you’d like to share with our reading community, please let me know