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Important things are earned. Things like progress, victory, vindication, and, perhaps most crucial, cleanliness. This week’s set of stories track the hard work and the struggle, the real back-bending brow-sweating hustle, of making things happen. Happy Reading! -Lucas
As the 19th century became the 20th, South Dakota found itself, thanks to flexible laws, a divorce capital of the U.S. Here’s the strange tale of the socialites who shaped modern marriage on the American frontier.
“William Thomas was granted divorce on grounds of his wife’s cruelty. According to the Argus Leader, he pleaded ‘too much mother-in-law.'” - April White | Atavist Magazine
Killer Mike and the return of the politically engaged rapper.
“Politically conscious rap happened; it was meaningful, it was co-opted and commercialized; and then it vanished.” - Bijan Stephen | New Republic
*This week we test a new sort of recommendation. Stories are told in many mediums, each of which deserves to be shared. So here’s a fascinating look at a podcast and book that explore the little known relationship of the Vonnegut brothers. Enjoy!