- A photoessay with Bolivian skateboarding girls, via kottke
- Gimlet is killing it podcast-wise, including this 2-part Heavyweight episode and this one from Crime Show — whatever you expect from the titles, you will be wrong
- Tatooine sucks
- With such an experienced President and team, why isn’t Biden’s foreign policy coherent and bold?
- How you can study history in the field rather than the archives
I would have never discovered these dynamics if I had stayed in the archives alone. It was only by spending extensive time talking to local elites that I gained insight into how palpable precolonial histories remain in rural West Africa. Although archival research was a core component of my research design, alone it would have produced an incomplete understanding of why Senegal’s precolonial states are shaping distributional outcomes today.